SBJSA Program Director Application

The Program Director is expected to direct the program and activities of the summer session and ensure the curriculum emphasizes safety, proper handling of equipment, skill development, and provides an enjoyable experience for all staff and campers in a manner consistent with the goals of the SBJSA Board of Directors.

The candidate should be a leader who is highly organized and self-motivated with excellent communication skills. A large part of this position includes communicating with parents, members, sailors, and other staff respectfully and effectively.


Must be at least 21 years of age  by June 1st

  • Current CPR/AED Certificate

  • US Sailing Level I  (highly recommended)

  • Current Standard First Aid

  • NYS Safe Boating Card

  • Red Cross Waterfront Safety highly recommended

  • USSA Safe Sport Certificate


  • College student (required), w/ Associates degree completed or “Junior-rising” in 4 yr degree program

  • 4 yr Bachelor’s Degree is preferred

  • Must have at least two summers of experience teaching in a sailing/swimming program.

  • Must have no felonious convictions, and no charges for child abuse, or endangering the well being of a minor.

  • Places safety as top priority.


  • Strong desire to develop sailors of all abilities.


  • A background and love of watersports that includes some familiarity with boats of various types, swimming, small powerboat operation and the general waterfront environment. Working knowledge of small sailboats (dinghies) and how to sail, kayaking, rowing and stand-up paddleboard is highly desireable, but not required.


  • Previous supervision/leadership experience in a summer camp or youth program (may or may not be sailing related), or other teaching related experience.


  • Well organized, with a positive, engaging and encouraging attitude.


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with students, parents and other stakeholders.


  • Looks for and helps implement improvement opportunities.


  • Mature, enthusiastic individual who takes teaching seriously.


  • Minimum 21 years of age by June 1st.

Reports to: SBJSA President and BOD

Classification: Seasonal, full-time position

Dates of Employment: Minimum 6/21 - 8/13/202, Additional opportunities May-June September-October

Compensation: Hourly, BOE

Offers of employment are contingent on passing a criminal background check. Job descriptions are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the position and are not intended to reflect all duties performed with the job.


  • Oversee and lead day-to-day operations of the SBJSA waterfront during our traditional 8 week summer program, including safety of all students and staff using established safety policies/procedures, ensuring our boats and equipment are accounted for and properly stored at the end of each day, etc.


  • Establish class splits w/ instructor assignments for each session.


  • Manage subordinates, including Race Coaches (1-2), Instructors (6-7) and CITs (2-4). Maintain labor hour records and submit timesheet to Paychex for payroll execution.


  • Oversee implementation of curriculum and lesson plans for each camp session. Provide guidance to instructional staff maximize their effectiveness. Administer staff evaluations at the end of the summer for all staff members.


  • Regularly communicate with parents to keep them informed of camp schedule and special events. Conduct the Parent Orientation meetings that occur the day before each camp session begins.


  • Ensure that all staff members receive adequate training to perform their jobs.


  • Interface with SBJSA Board members as needed to manage/maintain our fleet of boats, implement policies, assist with fundraising events and generally help promote the organization.

NOTE:  The SBJSA Employee Expectations document and the SBJSA Youth Protection Policy document must be read and accepted by checking the box at the end of this application form. Click on button to view, read and acknowledge.