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Job Title:    Program Director

Department:    Sailing Instruction        

Reports To:    Executive Director

Remote/Onsite:    Onsite

Creation Date:    January 14, 2024


About the Organization: 

Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association (SBJSA) is a three-season sailing education facility in Sodus Point, NY.  SBJSA offers summer youth instruction, community boating activities, spring and fall instructional programming for scholastic sailing teams, and various other instructional programs throughout the year. 



The Program Supervisor reports directly to the Executive Director and works

collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure SBJSA upholds the policies and standards established by the Board and its Executive Director and articulated by US Sailing. This includes preserving the safety and well-being of all participants, overseeing daily programming and instructional quality, the proper care and handling of all boats and equipment, and the creation of a positive experience for all students, staff, parents, and participants. The position is full-time from mid-June to mid-August with negotiable part-time hours in the spring and fall.



  • Safety and well-being of all participants – Ensure safety is prioritized in all operations.  

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, ensure the development of standard protocols for all emergency situations, including but not limited to an accident response plan, adverse weather conditions, medical situations, etc. 

  • Respect – Cultivate and enforce a culture of positivity and respect in all operations.

  • Instruction – Oversee the daily teaching activities of all instructors and counselors-in-training (CITs) including reviewing lesson plans, observing activities, and interacting with participants. Support staff to achieve US REACH Certification for STEM implementation, and coordinate STEM lessons within the program as needed.

  • Racing – Oversee the SBJSA racing program, including practices, hosting of local regattas, and travel to away events.  

  • Thursday Night Racing - Manage and oversee the staff, schedule, equipment, boats, fees, and waivers for a successful Thursday Night racing program.   

  • Community Boating (CB) and Adult Instruction - In coordination with the Executive Director, manage and oversee the staff, schedule, equipment, boats, and participation records including liability waivers and boat use qualification documents.  Coordinate staff for orientation sessions for new CB members and instructors for adult lessons.

  • Behavior Management - Know, understand, and be able to demonstrate how to set positive behavioral expectations through tangible and visible practices, and effectively deal with situations that arise, demanding intervention for the physical, social, and emotional well-being of all campers.

  • Maintenance – Oversee routine maintenance of the facility, boats, and equipment. 

  • Take a leadership role and partner with the Executive Director and SBJSA Board in community fundraising activities and social events, including but not limited to the golf outing, annual BBQ, pancake breakfasts, Centrals Regatta and other SBJSA attended regattas, etc. 

  • Development and Outreach – Assist the Executive Director and Board in developing new




  • Positive attitude and approachable demeanor.

  • Strong knowledge of sailing and sailboat racing.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Strong time management skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; appropriately communicates with all levels of stakeholders from campers to the SBJSA Board members.

  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and support campers, parents, and staff.

  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.




  • Train and develop new employees to meet organizational needs.

  • Provide feedback on an employee’s performance, helping to develop an employee’s skills where needed and/or address performance issues, coaching for positive growth.

  • Coordinate daily meetings with Instructors and CITs.

  • Maintain confidential information of all Instructors and program participants, including employee records, with the Executive Director.



  • All certifications are required before active employment but are not necessary at the date of hire. 

  • Must be at least 21 years of age by June 15th.

  • Successfully pass a background check.

  • Must have no felonious convictions.

  • No convictions for child abuse or endangering the well-being of a minor.

  • Current U.S. Sailing Level 1 Instructor required.

  • Current American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED certification required.

  • Current SafeSport certification is required.

  • NYS Safe Boating Card with at least 3 years of experience successfully operating small

         powerboats in the 12-18 ft range.

  • 4 or more years’ experience in sailing instruction.

  • Demonstrated experience leading small teams: setting expectations, monitoring performance, providing feedback, and administering both rewards and discipline.

  • Demonstrated organizational, record-keeping, and reporting skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with all age groups and across all stakeholders (staff, students, parents, patrons, board members, and the local community).



  • Current U.S. Sailing Level 2 Instructor and higher certifications are desirable (e.g., Instructor Trainer, Head Instructor, Coach).

  • Current American Red Cross lifeguarding certification with a waterfront module is desirable. 

  • Ability to swim at least at Red Cross Level 5 or equivalent.

  • US Sailing REACH Certification.



  • Experience using Google Workspace. 

  • Direct experience with Laser’s, Opti’s and 420’s



  • May be required to travel with the Race Team to various Regattas. 




Employees must have the ability to perform the following physical demands for extended periods with or without assistance.


  • The use of a computer screen for extensive periods of time.

  • The ability to remain in a stationary position (standing and/or seated).

  • Answering phone/making calls.

  • Operating a powerboat for extended periods of time.

  • Being on the water for extended periods of time.

  • Lifting Boats (carry up 45 pounds for 20 feet).

  • Being outside in any weather conditions.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.


*Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by law.

To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to

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