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About Sail Nauticus:

Nauticus is a maritime-themed museum located on the scenic Elizabeth River waterfront in the heart of downtown Norfolk, VA. In addition to the museum, the Nauticus campus is home to Sail Nauticus, a non-profit community sailing center. Our mission at Sail Nauticus is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth. Sail Nauticus also runs a fee-based adult membership program.


Sailing Center Manager

About the position:

The Sailing Center Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of Sail Nauticus (safety, planning, budget, scheduling, managing/preparing budget, fleet, etc.). This position is also involved in development to grow revenues, community outreach and advocacy for Nauticus sailing programming.

The Sailing Center Manager oversees the work of staff members (4 full-time, several part-time/seasonal and volunteers) and related programs (youth sailing, adult sailing, Schooner).

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Foundation/ Director of Education.

This a full-time position with benefits. It requires working on weekdays and weekends.

Pay range: $57K - $70K based on qualifications, experience and certification.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a great team of people dedicated to bringing sailing year-round to public school students, children and adults. This includes hiring and coaching of direct reports as well as oversight of volunteers, seasonal and part-time staff.
  • Work on the waterfront of the Elizabeth River in the heart of Norfolk, an up-and-coming coastal town with a multitude of entertainment opportunities such as rooftop dining, a vibrant arts scene, and seasonal festivals.
  • Be an active member in the Nauticus leadership team to develop Sail Nauticus’ strategic plans to include programming, staffing, fleet, budget.
  • Collaborate with our Development staff to support funding for sailing programs, sponsorships, community events, VIP visits, etc.
  • Be in charge of safety for the entire Sail Nauticus. Establish procedures, oversee training, accountable to insurance.
  • Handle special projects that might come your way by planning, designing, and overseeing the execution of capital and non-capital projects.
  • Advocate for and represent Nauticus sailing programs in the community, and with trade/professional associations,

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience of program assessment and growth
  • Demonstrated experience with program management.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience with business and operational development.
  • Experience with community partner building and fundraising.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience operating a sailboat with multiple passengers in an active harbor.
  • Experience operating sailboats and small powerboats
  • Program and facilities management
  • Familiar with the Marine industry and regulations (e.g. USCG, Army Corps), equipment and maintenance suppliers.
  • US Sailing certification Basic Keelboat/Level 1-2 Dinghy Instructor Certification
  • First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Experience working in non-profit organization

How to Apply: Please submit all applications to info@nauticus.org

The Nauticus Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Youth Programs Manager

About the position:

This position is responsible for developing youth sailing in the community, developing the science and sailing curriculum for youth programs, and providing a safe and supportive environment for the students. This position requires to build relationships with partners (NPS, city youth organizations) to recruit students to the after-school program and summer camp. As the program coordinator, this position also requires to oversee part-time staff and to ensure safety on land and on water.

Sail Nauticus Academy is an after-school program for students from select Title-I middle schools in Norfolk Public Schools (NPS). We provide 6th through 8th grade students a unique opportunity to learn new skills as they navigate their way to becoming exceptional young adults. Our summer program includes camp for ages 8-15 with sailing and hands-on STEM activities.  Through these youth programs, we cultivate soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication.

This a full-time position with benefits. It requires working on weekdays and weekends.

Pay range: $38K - $55K based on qualifications, experience and certification.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop STEM curriculum and program protocols for use on the water in the classroom
  • Conduct on-the-water activities for the Youth Programs.
  • Recruit, train and manage instructional staff (part-time paid and volunteers).
  • Nurture community partnerships to encourage recruitment of students.
  • Assist with annual budget creation. Manage and adhere to the program budget.
  • Interview & select students for the Sail Academy Program.
  • Maintain records and dialogue with Sail Academy stakeholders.
  • Serve as sailing instructor as required.
  • Source materials for youth programs.
  • Provide input for the Marketing of youth programs.
  • Contribute to daily and long-term maintenance of boats and facilities.
  • Participate in fundraising and public awareness events in collaboration with Adult Sailing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience operating a sailboat with multiple passengers in an active harbor.
  • Experience operating small powerboats.
  • Experience teaching, leading and counseling youth
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize responsibilities, take initiative Ability to create partnership with outside organizations
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals (background, age, experience)
  • Ability to master new skills and knowledge quickly and enthusiastically.
  • First Aid/CPR certified
  • Virginia Safe Boaters License

US Sailing certification (e.g. Basic Keelboat Certification or Level 1-2 Dinghy Instructor Certification) and a Bachelor’s degree are a plus but not required.

How to Apply: Please submit all applications to info@nauticus.org

The Nauticus Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Sail Nauticus Academy Youth Sailing Instructor/Mentor (Fall 2021)

Sail Nauticus is a non-profit community sailing center located at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Our mission is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education after-school program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth.

We consider our sailing instructors our most important asset, promoting our mission by teaching sailing, STEM curriculum, and important life skills both on and off the water. Our staff works with youth ages 10-14 as their teacher, mentor and friend, helping them navigate their way to becoming successful young adults.

We are looking for skilled, enthusiastic, and competent sailing instructors for our 2021 Fall Semester (beginning in September).  The Academy Instructor position is a part-time seasonal position that runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30-6:00 PM.

Our instructors:

  • Mentor students in soft-skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and confidence.
  • Teach our sailing curriculum to 6th-8th grade Norfolk Public School students.
  • Ensure safety of students and boats during program hours.
  • Assist with boat maintenance as necessary.
  • Provide feedback for student evaluations.
  • Participate in staff training and development.
  • Assist with other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Program Managers.
  • Commit between the hours of 2:30-6pm, at least 1 day per week (Monday-Thursday).

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated team player
  • Sailing experience required (Level 1 Sailing or Basic Keelboat Certification preferred but not mandatory).
  • Experience teaching children preferred; Must enjoy working with children.
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification (must obtain no later than Spring Training).
  • Current Virginia Safe Boating Certification (this is a free online course) or have a current USCG Captain License (must obtain no later than Fall Training).

Compensation: $17/hour

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Sail Academy Instructor for Fall 2021” to Annabelle Wax, Assistant Programs Manager, at annabelle.wax@norfolk.gov. For more information about our youth programs, please click here.