Job Description – Inwood and Adaptive Program Manager

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Reports to - Director of Community Sailing


Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) develops academic success and leadership in underserved NYC youth, and provides maritime education to the city at large. We work in partnership with public high schools to teach math, science, and leadership to underserved public high school students through sailing and boatbuilding. HRCS serves the broader community through a Community Sailing school that provides sailing lessons and a membership program. HRCS has locations in Chelsea and Inwood.

Who We Are

Over the past 10 years HRCS has grown into a vibrant organization of students and adults, dedicated to learning together and fostering a culture of support and growth. We take on new challenges, work hard, collaborate with each other, and have fun--all in the context of an organization dedicated to redefining what a community sailing school can be.

The Job 

The Inwood and Adaptive Program Manager reports to the Community Sailing Director and manages and operates HRCS's satellite sailing location at Dyckman Marina in Inwood. Inwood is a neighborhood in Northern Manhattan, surrounded by water on three sides, but with very little access to the waterfront. It is a majority hispanic community, and Spanish-language proficiency is a huge asset in community outreach. HRCS Inwood is entering its 7th season, and has been growing every year. The Inwood and Adaptive Program Manager will be responsible for fostering our uptown membership, organizing and executing public sailing lessons, and leading free community sailing days. They would also oversee the development and executing of our adaptive sailing program that partners and agencies serving people with disabilities. We are looking for someone motivated to build and grow the programs, and who shares a passion for delivering high-quality sailing experiences and waterfront access to the community. This is a year-round, 40-hour-per-week position.

 Primary Relationships

  • Community Sailing and Operations Director - Works with the director to plan and execute adaptive programming and manage on and off water operations at Dyckman Marina
  • Partner Organizations and Agencies working with people with disabilities
  • Management Staff - Meets with community programs and operations staff weekly about issues, upcoming events, general organization coordination
  • Instructors - supports scheduling and location-specific training
  • Members - Handles Inwood inquiries and trains members on location-specific policies and procedures.  Manages Inwood membership and customer service and ensures a safe sailing environment
  • Outreach - Represents HRCS Inwood to local organizations 
  • Instructs and organizes member workshops and orientations, sailing classes, and group events 



  • Provide a welcoming, positive, healthy and safe work environment
  • Foster effective teamwork between staff
  • Represent HRCS’s adaptive program to internal and external audiences. 


  • Oversee the day-to-day on-site operations at Dyckman Marina
  • Manage relationships with adaptive partners
  • Schedule and support adaptive sailing events
  • Identify and report potential problems and work toward effective resolutions
  • Maintain and monitor the online sign-up for members and public programming
  • Answer email queries regarding all Inwood and adaptive programs
  • Process paperwork associated with adaptive programming, membership, lessons, and boat maintenance issues

Human resources

  • Help recruit new adaptive instructors
  • Submit staff timesheets and expenses
  • Train dockhand/interns
  • Give instructors training where necessary

Operations/operational planning

  • Sail/teach when needed
  • Coordinate maintenance and resource allocation with operations department

Community Relations

  • Maintain a friendly and professional relationship with Marina staff
  • Build relationships with adaptive sailors and adaptive sailing organizations
  • Represent HRCS at community events uptown
  • Communicate with, inform, and engage Inwood membership 

Program Planning

  • Develop clinics and workshops to engage members and the public
  • Plan and execute adaptive sailing events for individuals and groups.
  • Pay attention to public sail and membership trends in Inwood, recommend changes if necessary 

Risk Management

  • Sailing - assess and mitigate potential dangers/risks with regards to weather, traffic, equipment, participants, etc. 
  • Ensure that boats and other assets are properly secured at all times

Skills and Qualifications

  • Motivator - Must be able to constantly inspire and motivate others, be energetic and empathetic
  • Experienced - 3 years minimum in a similar organization within a similar role
  • Personable - Must be polite, presentable, patient, and adaptive to dealing with varying personalities and skills sets
  • Spanish fluency a plus
  • College Degree - Must have a college degree or be currently pursuing one
  • Flexible Schedule - Must be able to work weekends and evenings, especially during the sailing season
  • Proficient Sailor & Motor Boater  - Should be confident sailing, mooring, and docking small keelboats and motorboats with wind and current
  • Well-Spoken, Well-Written - Must be able to speak and write professionally
  • Computer Comfortable - Must be able to learn new computer systems, website editing, spreadsheets, 
  • Mariners Licenses - Must have or be willing to work towards USCG License, US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification, and US Sailing Adaptive Instructor certification
  • First Aid - Must be First Aid certified
  • Organized - Must be able to work independently, follow up on tasks, follow through on scheduled events, manage projects with multiple players, variables and shared resources.


  • 40 hours/week. Must be able to work weekends. 
  • This is a full-time position


  •  Medical and 401(K)
  •  Contribution toward licensing and professional development

Reports to - Director of Community Sailing


Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) develops academic success and leadership in underserved NYC youth, and provides maritime education to the city at large. We work in partnership…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish a plus

Fluency in Spanish a plus


347 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034, USA

How to Apply

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