Employment

Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. is a newly formed non-profit established to bring the community to New Haven’s waterfront.  

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Director of Youth Rowing Operations and Head Coach

Reports To:   Executive Director

Basic Function

Canal Dock seeks a full time Director of Youth Rowing Operations and Head Coach to build and lead a competitive and recreational rowing team within our youth development rowing program, Crew Haven. We are looking for a highly motivated leader who is eager to build a rowing program with the mission of making the sport more accessible to students of color. Applicants must be inspiring, motivational and patient in teaching young athletes the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and compete in the sport of rowing.

Crew Haven is a newly formed, fully funded, Sports Based Youth Development Program designed to support high schoolers in New Haven’s underrepresented communities in developing a love for rowing while growing academically, socially, and emotionally. Canal Dock’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. While Canal Dock is not currently a competitive rowing club, we believe Crew Haven will provide an opportunity to grow a competitive youth rowing program.

We see substantial growth potential in Crew Haven. As the program expands, the Director of Youth Rowing Operations will be able to hire assistants and other rowing related personnel as necessary. Onboarding for the position will begin August, 2021. During this time, the Director will work closely with Crew Haven Program Manager and Canal Dock Executive Director to create the Crew Haven rowing curriculum and launch the inaugural after school program this Fall. 

This is a full-time position and considered exempt as defined by Federal and/or Connecticut law; salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Broad description of responsibilities:

  • Create Crew Haven rowing program for both recreational and competitive teams 
  • Lead the implementation of Crew Haven rowing program which include, but are not limited to, on the water instruction, creation of training plans intended to increase fitness, and setting expectations and goals for participants
  • Coach fundamentals of indoor and on the water training (erging, sculling, & sweeping)
  • Recruit kids from local public high schools & community groups (PE takeovers, etc)
  • Design and implement community outreach and recruiting events
  • Be the face of the rowing program to the community – win the trust of the community by serving the community 
  • Work closely with Program Manager and Canal Dock Executive Director on successful implementation of Crew Haven programming
  • Report regularly, and work alongside, Crew Haven Corporation board of Directors – leaders in Yale Rowing as well as New Haven communities 
  • Integrate guest coaches as needed – we envision a great deal of support and interest from the national rowing community 
  • Coach rowing to improve skills and increase overall rowing abilities
  • Support the mission of creating opportunity for participation in all activities and cultivate an inclusive rowing environment
  • Execute all safety protocols and ensure the safekeeping of rowers and equipment (teach athletes equipment maintenance and upkeep)
  • Promote, disseminate, and take pride in the missions of Canal Dock

Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of the intricacies and inner-workings of a successful rowing program
  • Proven skill in coaching rowing of all ages, experience and athleticism (from inexperienced novices to competitive athletes)
  • Patience, understanding and the ability to make meaningful connections with kids that have faced serious hardships 
  • Ability to speak with, and earn the trust of  kids, families and key leaders in New Haven’s underrepresented communities 
  • Ability to recruit, understand, challenge, develop and retain athletes 
  • Desire to roll up your sleeves and work with PM on non-athletic programming when necessary
  • Excellent communication & coaching skills–verbal and written
  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification (can obtain upon hire)
  • US Rowing Association Level 1 Coaching Certification (can obtain upon hire)
  • CT boat and water safety certification (can obtain upon hire)
  • SEL personnel training (provided by Canal Dock
  • Background check
  • Other duties as assigned

Resume and cover letter can be sent to hollis@canaldock.org

Per Diem Coach & Fitness Instructor

Canal Dock seeks a per diem coach to assist with conducting dry-land rowing and fitness classes, private lessons and operation of boating events. Hours will vary from week to week depending on event and class schedules.

Canal Dock’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. Canal Dock is not currently a competitive rowing club; it is in the process of growing membership, gaining knowledge and experience with the waterways, and growing other recreational activities like paddling and sailing. We are a community boating program dedicated to increasing awareness and exposure to rowing, paddling, fitness and New Haven’s waterways.

This is a per diem position and considered “non-exempt” as defined by Federal and/or Connecticut law; salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Broad description of responsibilities:

  • Assist with the implementation of community programs which include, but are not limited to, on the water instruction, creating training plans for those interested in increasing fitness, 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
  • Responsible for equipment sanitation, maintenance and upkeep
  • Disseminate, and take pride in the missions of Canal Dock

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Run outdoor fitness and erging classes for Canal Dock members and members of the greater New Haven community
  • Conduct private lessons for adults and juniors
  • Conduct classes to clear new members to participate in rowing and paddling activities
  • Ensure that all boats and equipment are properly sanitized before and after use
  • Ensure boats and equipment are appropriately maintained and stored after use
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Assist with special events and community days

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Hourly $18 – $20 an hour

Resume and cover letter can be sent to hollis@canaldock.org.

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Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,  color, religion, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, gender, actual or presumed disability, history of disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic predisposition or carrier status, pregnancy, military status, marital status, or partnership status, or any other characteristic protected by law.