Sailing instructor, racing coach and program director positions for 2014 are starting to be posted by JSA of LIS member sailing programs. Many of these are listed on the JSA classifieds, but those JSA programs that wish to advertise outside of the Long Island Sound area, and non-JSA employers, may wish to consider posting jobs on national web sites.
These sites include www.sail1design.com [select Sailing Job Bank], or www.sailingscuttlebutt.com [select Forum | Classified Ads] or www.windcheckmagazine.com [select Advertise]. While you are at these sites make note of instructors looking for jobs and coaches whom you might email to notify their team members of your openings. Likewise, browse the list of local college coaches http://collegesailing.org/teams/ select Find Your Schools: NEISA | CT and MAISA | NY. Or contact high school coaches for their referrals http://nessa.hssailing.org/schools for CT and http://massa.hssailing.org/schools for NY high schools.
- Post all your open positions at JSA member clubs on the JSA Job Bank, because when candidates ask the JSA office about clubs that are hiring, the only answer we can give is “Please look at the current job listings.”
- Having a detailed job description for each staff position will be a valuable aid to inform your new staff about your expectations and manage their performance on the job. And by referring to the job description in your employment contract with staff you can inform them of your expectations for sail training objectives and the ethical and behavioral traits you expect them to model for their student sailors. Please include all positions at your club in one ad.
- The US Sailing Knowledge Base has some articles on recruiting and staff management that we have posted at our JibeTalk blog. Also see Kim Hapgood's presentation at the 2013 US Sailing Symposium. and review prior year JSA Midwinter Meeting presentations that touch on the instructor hiring process: Where to find coaches (Lincoln White) and Staff Management handout.
- JSA requires that member clubs employ instructors who have passed the US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor course. In addition, JSA members voted at the October 2013 annual meeting to require the US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling certificate for new Level 1 instructors hired by JSA member programs. US Sailing has reported that new instructors often do not have sufficient hands-on powerboat experience to pass the Level 1 course without a follow-up plan for improvement. Member clubs should be sure to evaluate the powerboat handling skills of the instructors hired and schedule them for a US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handing course if needed. Instructor candidates should look for the US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handing courses between now and June in our area that may be found at this link. Only a few courses are now listed but more will be posted by February, so check the course list regularly. There are various ways to obtain the Safe Powerboat Handing certificate (2-day Basic, 1-day Accelerated, or a powerboat challenge test) as described here.
- Review the Personnel Practices Briefing materials from the 2007 JSA Midwinter Meeting to assure your hiring practices (including exempt vs. non-exempt classification) are up to date; the link is here..
- When you have completed negotiations with a candidate, it’s best to promptly summarize the agreed terms of employment in a job offer letter/employment contract that the candidate reviews, signs and returns. Each party retains a copy, which helps prevent future misunderstandings.
- When you have completed hiring for a position, please notify the JSA office so your job ad may be removed.
- JSA member programs may hire junior sailing staff at any time. However, during the Thanksgiving holiday period, candidates being employed for their first season as full-time instructors may not be required to accept an offer of employment prior to 6 pm on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. This embargo is designed to allow these first-season candidates to educate themselves about the employment options available at various clubs before making a commitment. A first-year instructor may, if they wish, accept an offer earlier than 6 PM Saturday; it is only the club that may not require a response prior to that time.