Assistant Coach of Boating & Assistant Programs Manager
(this is a reposting of a previous place placed employment offer)

Canal Dock Boathouse Inc. (CDBi) New Haven, Connecticut
Posted September 11, 2017 (contact: john@canaldock.org)

CDBi seeks a part-time, salaried or hourly employee to assist with all current and upcoming boating programs and other activities related to growing this non-profit organization. The Asst. Coach/Asst. Program Manager will work at CDBi’s two temporary New Haven locations, work daily with a supervisor on program recruitment and growth, and help develop new programs. CDBi will open the new $40 million Canal Dock Boathouse in early 2018, and the University of New Haven (UNH) will quickly join the project as an anchor tenant, making the boathouse the new home of its marine biology department. New employees will work on all facets of this undertaking (coaching, fundraising, events, daily operations, community outreach, etc.), and will have a chance to grow with an important, new and vital entity in the City of New Haven. CDBi’s current rowing programs are aimed at junior, club and master level rowers. All programs share goals of learning basic skills, developing fitness, and enjoying outdoor recreation. However, CDBi is not currently a competitive rowing club. We are in the process of growing membership, gaining knowledge and experience with our waterways, and experimenting with other recreational activities like dragon boating and kayaking. New employees will assist with operating these activities, in addition to growing and funding them. Long term, after moving into the new facility, CDBi expects to grow into an organization offering a wide variety of non-motorized, recreational boating programs, and all coaches will be expected to work across multiple boating disciplines. Broad description of responsibilities:

  • Implement community boating programs which include, but are not limited to, on the water instruction, creating training plans for those interested in becoming more competitive, and setting expectations and goals for participants
  • Coach and participate with boaters to improve skills and increase overall boating abilities
  • Support the mission of creating opportunity for participation in all activities and promote inclusive boating
  • Execute all safety protocols and ensure the safekeeping of boaters and equipment
  • Promote, disseminate, and take pride in the missions of CDBi and UNH

Specific duties include:

  • Recruit and coach new adult members
  • Recruit and coach New Haven public school students
  • Run indoor fitness classes for adults & juniors
  • Operate & coach junior summer camps
  • Equipment maintenance and upkeep
  • Assist with all aspects of special events like the Canal Dock/New Haven Dragon Boat Regatta and CD/NH Indoor Rowing Relay

When the new boathouse opens, additional responsibilities will include:

  • Opening and closing the boathouse early & late hours
  • Monitoring the safety of the boathouse and its users
  • Manage coordination between boating programs and facility rentals, among other duties


  • Excellent communication & teaching skills, verbal and written
  • Ability to work with rowers & boaters of all ages, experience, athleticism
  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • US Rowing Association Level 1 Coaching Certification (can obtain upon hire)
  • CT boat and water safety certification (can obtain upon hire)
  • Background check; National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
  • Rowing experience required; sculling preferred
  • 1-2 years coaching experience considered a plus, but not a requirement
  • Email, word-processing and database skills a must
  • Salary or hourly 20k to 30k

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