Youth Program Director

Company: Sail Sand Point


Job Description


Sail Sand Point is Seattle’s Community Boating Center; a non-profit 501(c)(3) incorporated in 1998. We are dedicated to making sailing and paddling accessible to everyone regardless of age, income, or ability. Sail Sand Point offers a wide range of programs, including; summer youth camps, adult classes, race teams for middle school, high school and the University of Washington, boat rentals, community events, corporate and outreach groups as well as adaptive water sports serving those with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

We are seeking a strong leader to work with all our Youth Programs, including Summer Camps, Leeway Groups (typically made up of underserved youth that come from many different backgrounds but also including Adaptive groups), School Groups, Partner Groups and Corporate Groups. These groups will often participate in a combination of customized activities on the water using sailboats, SUPs or kayaks, and/or participate in STEM activities with concepts that pertain to the aquatic environment or sailing. Some of these participants have unique challenges or special needs, and it will be your task to correspond with the groups’ leaders prior to their visit to understand how we can best serve them and provide the appropriate resources and activities, and what their leaders’ involvement will be on the water. You will be responsible for communicating these details to the SSP staff and volunteers that are involved in hosting these groups.  You may also be involved in adaptive sailing, adult outreach groups or other SSP programs as needed.

The Youth Program Director is responsible for scheduling, training, and overseeing staff hired by the Sailing Director to ensure that all outreach and summer camp staffing needs are met. In addition, the Youth Program Director is responsible for working with the Sailing Director to make sure all programs are in keeping with Sail Sand Point’s motto of ‘Safety, Fun and Learning’. They must be reliable, punctual, and comfortable managing a staff of 25-30 employees and volunteers.

Experience with sailing and water sports is valuable, however those skills can be taught. Preferred candidates will love working with people and are comfortable navigating the challenges that some groups and participants face.

They will also act as a leader and role model to our staff of interns, volunteers and instructors.

Reports to: Sailing Director

Classification: Full-time, 40hrs/week in aggregate. Summer F/T (40+ hrs/wk, some evening and weekend work may be required); Sept 1-Dec 15 P/T (~32hrs/wk Mon-Thurs 10 to 6); Jan 1-June 1 P/T (~32hrs/wk Mon-Thurs 10 to 6);

Dates of Employment: Year-round

Compensation: Hourly $22/hour, plus Medical/Vision/Dental through Regence and sick leave

Prerequisite Skills:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and work collaboratively with co-workers and constituents of all backgrounds
  • Organized, systematic approach to administrative tasks
  • Passionate about enriching lives through recreational activity and environmental engagement
  • Knowledge of safe boating practices, paddling experience preferred but not required
  • Washington State (or other NASBLA certified) Boater’s Education Card
  • Current CPR/First-Aid, Safesport certification
  • CDC “Head’s Up” online concussion training
  • A bachelor’s degree in recreation/teaching is preferred but not required

Essential Job Functions:


  • Responsible for recruiting, contracting and organizing group programs to meet budget goals
  • Responsible for implementation and execution of daily outreach group visits as lead instructor/Point of contact
  • Training and management of a small team of instructional staff and volunteers in providing group programs
  • Correspond with group leadership to understand special needs and develop/plan activities accordingly
  • Develop and improve systems and curriculum and contribute to our manuals
  • Create a welcoming and comfortable environment for all
  • Work closely with staff to keep everyone on the water safe
  • Enforce, and clearly explain SSP rules
  • Participate in our evaluation process delivering pre- and post-evals to participants
  • Work outside in the elements, rain or shine
  • Anticipate and communicate equipment and staffing needs
  • Answer basic questions about SSP’s other programs and encourage participants to engage in other opportunities
  • Engage groups after their visits for feedback and continued outreach
  • Record and report any injuries or damage to equipment
  • During the off season
    • support Communications efforts as needed specifically including development of the Program Book, Calendar and Annual Report
    • Contribute to SSP newsletters and social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)
    • Other tasks as necessary

Summer Camp

  • Lead staff in summer camp set up and clean up each day
  • Schedule Summer Camp Instructors and Assistant Instructors in keeping with SSPs instructor to camper ratios
  • Lead or assist in the instruction of summer camps and groups lessons as necessary
  • Train and mentor instructors, and especially volunteers
  • Complete performance reviews for all direct reports at the five-week mark and at the end of summer
  • Ensure staff have completed all post camp paperwork and any necessary injury or damage reports
  • Monitor and approve timesheets for all direct reports
  • Resolve parent complaints & concerns in the areas of Instructor performance, class content, etc.
  • Assist Directors in the revision and implementation of the curricula and program materials
  • Work as part of the summer management team to ensure proper execution of programming

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.

How to Apply

To apply send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] Sail Sand Point is an equal opportunity employer who believes every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination.  Sail Sand Point does not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment.
Posted on: January 9, 2023
Job Starting Date:
April 23, 2024
Application Closing Date:
April 23, 2024
Job Salary Range:
20.00 to 22.00
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Not Specified
Region(s): US