The JSA’s job bank for hiring at its member junior sailing programs is located on the JSA website. To make the most effective use of the JSA job bank, please use the below tips; there is a section for club employers and a section for sailing staff candidates.
– JSA requires that its member programs employ instructors who have passed the US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor course (with valid prerequisite certificates as described below). In addition, the JSA programs voted in 2013 to require the US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling certificate for newly certified Level 1 instructors before their first year of employment as an instructor. The SPH certificate may be earned through the 2-day Safe Powerboat Handing course (if do not yet have a state boating safety education certificate) or 1-day Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling course (if already have a state boating safety education certificate) that are described at this link uspowerboating.com/courses. Powerboat handling is an essential skill for sailing instructors, yet 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. So ask your new instructors to show their Level 1 course completion certificate, which will state if a plan for improvement is required. You may double check each instructor’s certifications using the look up tool on the US Sailing website. Evaluate the powerboat handling skills of each instructor you hire, whether new or experienced, before they start work in June by having your club’s professional staff check them out to assure they really can demonstrate capable and safe powerboat handling skills. Also recommended for sailing instructors is the Safety & Rescue Boat Handling course that provides practical techniques used in rescue situations.
– The JSA job bank is for instructor positions located only at JSA member sailing programs. Non-JSA member programs, and JSA member programs that wish to advertise outside of the Long Island Sound area, may consider posting jobs on national web sites, such as sail1design.com [select Sailing Career Center, then search by job type and location], or windcheckmagazine.com/classifieds or Indeed.com . Likewise, browse the list of local college coaches collegesailing.org > Conferences (NEISA for CT and MAISA for NY) > Racing > Teams. Or contact high school coaches for their referrals nessa.hssailing.org/schools for CT and massa.hssailing.org/schools for NY high schools. While you are at those sites make note of instructors looking for jobs, and coaches whom you might email to notify their team members of your openings.
– Post all your open positions at JSA member programs on the JSA Job Bank, because when candidates ask the JSA office about employers that are hiring, the only answer we can give is “Please look at the current job listings.”
– Sailing programs typically hire for summer staffing throughout the year (late summer, fall, winter and spring) to match staff needs based on expected junior program enrollment. In the past, some programs have focused on hiring during the Thanksgiving holiday period because candidates who are away at college or boarding school have then been at home. But COVID-19 has accelerated the move to video conferencing that permits programs and candidates to conduct interviews and make offers at any time, before, during and after Thanksgiving (much like online shopping has reduced the need to visit physical stores on “black Friday”). So there is no longer any reason to delay or restrict hiring activity until Thanksgiving.
– US Sailing’s instructor certification process has been modified because of COVID-19. (see Small Boat Instruction section at Instructor certification path). Level 1 for beginning instructors now starts with online instruction and later has an in-person skills testing segment. The Level 2 certificate focuses on developing additional knowledge and skill (teaching, management skills, spinnaker and trapeze use, and powerboat operation for emergency situations; the Level 2 Coach Workshop availability has been limited during COVID-19). The Level 3 courses have two tracks: Level 3 – Head Instructor is online training for head instructors, program directors and volunteers in best practices for sailing program management; and the Level 3 – Coach includes race management procedures, team management, logistics, drills and teaching the Racing Rules of Sailing (the Level 3 Coach Workshop availability has been limited during COVID-19).
Most of the US Sailing instructor certifications have these prerequisites: valid certification for First Aid & CPR, state Safe Boating education (or Safe Powerboat Handling), US Olympic online SafeSport training, CDC Heads Up online concussion training, and US Sailing online Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals.
– 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.
– 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.
– If you have resumes of candidates that you did not hire, forward copies to JSA office for inclusion in the Candidate Resume File. Other clubs that are still hiring may find these resumes very helpful. We prefer email attachments, but if you have the resumes only in paper format, please mail to JSA of LIS, PO Box 212, Larchmont NY 10538.
– If your club wants copies of resumes from the Candidate Resume File, please email your specific request to JSA office; we do not email unsolicited resumes.
Sailing Staff Candidates:
– Send your resume and cover letter to all jobs for which you feel qualified that are posted on the JSA Job Bank, or the national web sites listed above.
– Some of the job websites listed above accept candidate postings, so consider placing your resume there.
– You may also post a brief summary of your qualifications in the JSA Staff Available section or email a copy of your resume to the JSA Candidate Resume File, following the guidelines listed below.
– If you need to obtain or update your certifications, read the US Sailing website descriptions (use this link ussailing.org/education/instructor/ > Small Boat to find out what is required). Pay particular attention to prerequisites. For example, the Level 1 instructor course prerequisites include a safe-boating certificate, experience in operating a powerboat safely, current USCG approved CPR and first aid certification, and other prerequisites listed on the US Sailing website. It is best to handle these prerequisites during the fall, winter and spring. The schedule may be viewed at ussailing.org/education/resources/course-calendars/ > Small Boat Levels 1, 2 or 3. Keep a close watch weekly on the schedule as most locations can accommodate fewer than 20 people and the popular sites get booked quickly as soon as they are listed. US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadron units, as well as continuing education classes at high schools and colleges in your local area are all good sources for off-season safe boating certification. The US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling certificate is required by JSA for newly certified Level 1 instructors in their first year of employment as an instructor, and is encouraged for any instructor, especially those whose powerboat skills need enhancement. The certificate may be earned through a 1- or 2-day course, depending on the instructor’s experience. More information is available at this link: uspowerboating.com/courses > Safe Powerboat Handling (2 days if do not have a state boating safety education certificate) and Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling (1 day if already have a state boating safety education certificate). The earliest certification courses in the western Long Island Sound area are expected to be: Level 1 in early April, and Safe Powerboat Handing in late April; both in Bronx NY. Additional courses expected to be scheduled during the spring and early summer may be viewed at jsalis.org/coaches/instructor-certification-and-training-resources. The Red Cross or American Heart Assn. courses for CPR and first aid are available throughout the year.
Sailing Staff Candidate Posting and Resume File Guidelines:
– After January 1 of each year, short ads may be posted on JSA website from candidates about their availability as instructors and coaches. Email the JSA office at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of your qualifications and contact info.
– For the Resume File, please email; do not fax nor postal-mail your cover letter and resume, because we cannot easily forward non-electronic formats to our clubs.
– Email to JSA office at email@example.com. Send your cover letter and resume as an attachment in Word .DOCX, generic .RTF, or .PDF format. It’s best to include your cover letter as part of the same attached file, not in the body of your email to JSA, so when the attachment is printed your cover letter appears first, followed by your resume, all in the same printing.
– Name your letter + resume file something like “MyLastName_MyFirstName_SailingResume.docx” so that when it is forwarded to clubs, they can distinguish your letter/resume file from others. Your letter and resume will remain in the active file until a JSA club requests copies of current resumes. Then your letter/resume and all other active resumes will be sent to the requesting club.
– If you accept a job, or are no longer available for any reason, please email the JSA office requesting your resume be removed from the active Resume File.
Other Sailing Staff Hiring Resources for Clubs
American Camping Assoc has tips on hiring and managing summer staff as well as access to their counselor job bank. A qualified camp counselor with a sailing background and US Sailing certification may be a good match for your non-racing students or sailing camp. Check out acacamps.org/ click on “Job Center.”
Foreign sources: [Note that US visas for foreign workers were restricted in March 2020, so the below information may not be useful for 2021] If you can provide housing, you may be interested in foreign instructors. Many JSA programs have had success with instructors from Ireland, England, Canada and Australia, to name a few. It is important to keep in mind that JSA rules require all instructors to have successfully completed US Sailing Level 1 or its international equivalent.
If you are considering this source, see these sites for intermediary organizations that can assist with identifying candidates or sponsor visas for candidates you already know. They operate under the US State Department J-1 Visa program that is described here j1visa.state.gov/programs/camp-counselor:
– CampUSA interexchange.org/camp-usa/
– Camp Counselors USA ccusa.com/
– Camp America campamerica.com
– CIEE ciee.org/partner/employers/camp-exchange-usa
– British Universities North America Club (BUNAC) bunac.org/usa/us-employers
– American Work Experience https://www.aweusa.com/
Updated November 2020