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Hugh Freund - Communications and Marketing
 
Hugh began sailing and racing on Casco Bay in Maine at the age of 8. Intent on sailing throughout college, he chose to attend Roger Williams University where coach Amanda Callahan helped him land a spot on the 2009 US Sailing Team Alphagraphics. Hugh came to Courageous in the spring of 2012 as a keelboat instructor, but stayed on over the winter to rebuild the organization's website and help unify the brand elements. This season you'll probably encounter Hugh on the business end of a plethora of camera lenses as he steps into his new role in communications and marketing. When he is not beating the social media drums at Courageous, Hugh will be training in a Sonar for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

 

Jen Bodde - Acting Director of Adult Programs
 
Jen oversees all aspects of our Adult Program, with a particular focus on continuing to improve our curriculum and instruction. She has been teaching at Courageous since 2009 and is a longtime member of our Frostbiting racing fleet. Jen grew up sailing and racing Blue Jays, Lasers, and her father’s classic wooden boat in Long Island Sound, and managed a junior sailing program in New London, CT. She brings her experience as a classroom teacher and arts educator to her mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities to sailors at all levels. Instrumental in building the community of novice racers over the last few years, Jen is a firm believer in power of community sailing organizations to make sailing and racing accessible and welcoming to all.

 

Waterfront Operations and Receptions Coordinator

Job Description

The Waterfront Operations & Reception Coordinator is one of the most important positions at Courageous Sailing. They are the front of the organization, serving as the first point of contact for the public, either personally or over the phone, and will be a primary resource for our students and members. They must be friendly, polite, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of Courageous.  
 
The Waterfront Coordinator controls access to directors and other staff, handles administrative tasks such as scheduling and data entry, manages the daily flow of people and boats through the program, monitors our radios, marine traffic, weather, and wind.  They must be highly organized, have great people skills, and be able to multi-task in a sometimes hectic, fast-paced environment. 
 

Qualifications

The Waterfront Coordinator position is a full time, seasonal position starting May 1st, with hours tapering off in October.  Season ends October 31st.   Candidates must be able to work weekends, and some days during the week.  
 
Minimum qualifications include:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, mulit-task, prioritize responsibilities, take initiative, and appropriately handle confident information.
  • Ability to work fluidly with staff from all departments.
  • Comfortable working under pressure, exercizing strong problem-solving skills and a willingness to adapt to changing program needs.
  • Skilled at monitoring and managing multiple information feeds simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Bachelors Degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with basic computer systems, social networking programs.
  • Ability to quickly and enthusiastically master additional technology, skills, & knowledge as needed
 

About Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a non-profit community sailing center committed to providing access to the sport of sailing through our sailing school and membership programs.  Sailing is a tremendous platform for education, personal growth and leadership development, and we are dedicated to making the highest quality sailing education available to the entire Boston community regardless of socio-economic backround, ethnicity, or ability.  
 
Our youth and adult programs promote a culture of responsibility, respect, and stewardship around sailing on Boston Harbor, and foster life-long learning opportunities for all members of our community.  We rely on a team of passionate, hard-working individuals to provide top level instruction, attentive customer service, and, above all, a safe and welcoming environment.

Contact

Cha O'Connell,
Director of Adult Programs
Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

 

 

The Courageous Team 

Courageous has a core group of 6 year-round staff members who keep our programs running and our fleet of about 70 boats shipshape.  During the sailing season, we welcome about 100 more wonderful individuals to our staff, from instructors for both the Youth Programs and Adult Programs to front desk, dock, and extra maintenance hands. We are very fortunate to have the following staff as part of our year-round team. Please click here for complete contact information.
 

 
 
Bareboat Cruising Instructor

 

Job Description

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Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is Required.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Bareboat Keelboat Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Basic Cruising Instructor

 

Job Description

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Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is Required.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Basic Cruising Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Keelboat Instructor

 

Job Description

We are currently seeking experienced keelboat, cruising, navigation and racing instructors to join our instructor team for the 2012 season, which runs from May 1 to October 31. Most adult program classes run on the weekends and weekday evenings. 

Benefits

    • Teaching sailing on Boston Harbor - not a bad way to spend your spare time
    • Compensation: $15/hour for US Sailing-certified Keelboat Instructors; $20/hr for certified US Sailing-certified Cruising Instructors with USCG license
    • Free membership for instructors who commit to teaching at least 4 full Basic Keelboat classes during the season. Check out our website for details, but this means free use of the fleet and access to all member racing, events, parties, etc.
    • The chance to have a really good time, become a better sailor and better teacher, and be part of a great organization.

Current US Sailing Keelboat/Cruising Instructor certification is preferred.

For those that don't have their certification yet, we are hosting a three-day US Sailing Keelboat Instructor class, June 9-11, 2012. 

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be a Keelboat Instructor

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

General Staff

 

Job Description

If you love working around boats and people and want to join our staff, then we want to hear from you! We have many seasonal positions available from May 1st through October 31st.

Daily staff responsibilities include:

    • Opening and closing the boathouse and dock - hours are 10am - sunset on weekends and holidays and 11am - sunset on weekdays
    • Managing Front Desk operations: check members out/in, monitor VHF radios, understand and be able to sell lessons, programs etc to prospective clients
    • Tending the dock: helping boats depart and arrive
    • Give 2 hour lessons and private cruises

We offer training, however some sailing experience is required for most roles. 

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth  

Other Considerations for this position 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

 

Apply to be General Staff

Contact

Cha O'Connell, Director of Adult Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17

Email: cha@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Administrative Assistant & Parent Liason

 

Job Description

This individual reports directly to the Youth Program Director.  This position is primarily office work.  This position is available from mid-March 2013 through August 31, 2013.

The position is approximately 20-25 hours per week (M-F) from mid-March through mid-May.  The position is approximately 35-40 hours per week (M-F) from mid-May through the end of August.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Human Resources/Personnel

  • Organize and updates all personnel files
  • Create New Hire and Re-Hire paperwork packets, updating with any new requirements (e.g. New W-4 form)
  • Schedule paperwork processing appointments and ensure documentation compliance for 90+ seasonal employees: update I-9 Forms, Work Permits (minors), Parental Consent, Sailing and First Aid Certifications, etc.
  • Process all background checks (CORI & SORI) for all new and re-hires, current staff & volunteers
  • Work with Youth Program Director to ensure that Boston teens comply with requirements of various employment programs (e.g. Boston Youth Fund, MLK Summer Scholars)
  • Timecards: act as key point person to follow up on any missed punches; follow up with staff to ensure they track time worked via login/phone system (for many this is their first job)

    Youth Programs Support

    • Assist youth program director in processing summer program applications, scholarship applications and tuition payments
    • Lead follow-up with families of students regarding missing documentation and payments
    • Field calls from parents during the application process and during the Summer Youth Program in support of Youth Program Director
    • Maintain contact database
    • Complete reminder calls to students prior to each new session
    • Help Maintain Youth Program Blog
    • Lead planning of mid-season and end-of-season family celebration nights

     

    Other

    • Assist with planning and execution of events as necessary
    • General support of Youth Program Director for any special projects, mailings, calls, visit Youth Program Site,  as needed
    • Support any other projects as needed by Youth Program, Adult Program, special events, etc.

     

    Qualifications

    • 2-3 years prior office work and customer service experience
    • Excellent telephone communication skills
    • Impeccable organizational skills
    • Comfort with common computer applications (Excel, Word, Salesforce or other database software, etc.) and/or willingness and ability to learn new ones quickly and self sufficiently
    • A strong connection with the Courageous mission
    • A love for chaotic work environments full of passionate people who take great pride in what they do!

    Contact

    Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

    Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

    Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

     

    Apply to be the Administrative Asssitant

     

     

    Step 5: Head Instructor Trainer

     

    Job Description

    The Head Instructor Trainer is primarily responsible for overseeing the Courageous Instructor-in-Training (IIT) Program. Please note that if funding allows, we may hire up to three or four Instructor Trainers for two separate IIT programs.  In each case, there will be one Head Instructor and an Assistant. Responsibilities and qualifications for each position are similar.

    The IIT program is a rigorous two-summer-long job-skills training course that trains 15-to-18-year-old sailing students to become master sailors and skilled sailing instructors. The class typically consists of 12 to 18 students, and the curriculum focuses on topics including: advanced seamanship, boating safety, classroom management, public speaking, lesson planning, and techniques in sailing instruction. The course is similar to a US Sailing Level 1 or Basic Keelboat instructor course, but over the course of two summers covers that material in much greater depth.

    To read more about the IIT program, visit: http://www.courageoussailing.org/youth-programs/summer-program/iit-program

    If you are the kind of passionate and skilled teacher who has what it takes to inspire Courageous' next generation of sailing instructors, please contact Youth Program Director, Kate Henderson, as soon as possible. Send your resume and cover letter to kate@courageoussailing.org.

    Requirements

      • Bachelor’s Degree
      • US Sailing Smallboat Level 1 Instructor; more advanced instructor credentials preferred, but not required
      • Current First Aid/CPR certification; WFA, WFR or more advanced preferred
      • Comfort driving safety boats and using outboard engines on sailboats
      • 5-7 years experience teaching sailing
      • Substantial experience working with high school aged youth
      • Must be available for occasional (2-3 times per summer) overnight cruises and multi-night island campouts which serve as team-building opportunities
      • Experience developing curriculum and lesson plans
      • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
      • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
      • Team-oriented
      • Outstanding references
      • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

    Other considerations for this position 

      • Other certifications (Captain, Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
      • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
      • Conversational proficiency in other languages, including spanish and portuguese

    Contact

    Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

    Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

    Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

     

    Apply to be the Step 5 Head Instructor Trainer

     

     

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