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Pleasant Bay Community Boating Seeks Executive Director

Organization Description 

Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to make boating, marine education and environmental stewardship affordable and accessible to all. PBCB has grown from a small, grass roots organization and currently it has a small, year-round fulltime staff, an involved board, and a strong membership/volunteer base.  PBCB acquired a 3.6-acre waterfront facility on Pleasant Bay that includes 4 buildings, a boathouse and a dock. Current membership is approx. 600.

Position Description

PBCB seeks an experienced manager with understanding of the nonprofit environment to serve as Executive Director.  This person will continue to develop the organization’s programs, reputation and financial stability, and lead it during this time of growth, change and opportunity. The Executive Director will have a notable record of leadership and the demonstrated capacity to further develop an organization in fulfilling its mission and achieving financial sustainability. The Executive Director of PBCB will be passionate about enriching the lives of all members of our community through marine recreation, education and environmental sustainability, with special attention to those who would otherwise not have the ability to learn the life lessons of sailing, marine education and other water‐based activities.  A description of the position’s responsibilities and required skills follows this position announcement.

Governance, Reporting Structures & General Responsibilities

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of PBCB and reports to the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. The Executive Director provides leadership to and management of all aspects of organizational activity. This includes a broad administrative mandate and leadership of institutional advancement.

The PBCB staff reports directly to the Executive Director and consists of a year-round Sailing Program Director, part-time Catboat Program Director, part-time Camp Director, full-time Associate Director of Development and Operations, part-time Registrar, part-time Science Program Director, part‐time Property Manager/Assistant Treasurer, and seasonal employees. The Executive Director will provide leadership and add complementary talents to this small staff.

 Areas of Responsibility

The Executive Director serves as the representative to the public of a growing year-round and robust seasonal programs.  The responsibilities entail coordination of inter-related functions as described here.


  • Collaborate with and supervise staff, to include their mentorship, encouragement and coordination, and regular performance reviews


  • Oversee the administrative office and support functions. Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for day‐to‐day operation. Review and approve contracts for services.


  • Develop an annual work plan and budget. Review financial reports, provide updates to the Board of Directors and recommend adjustments necessary to ensure sound financial operations


  • Oversee delivery and quality of PBCB’s activities, to include sailing and marine education programs,

fleet and facility maintenance needs and compliance, and protocols to ensure the safety of all members, visitors and their property


  • Continue Program Development to build PBCB as a vital community organization with year-round activity on campus


  • Provide leadership for Advancement activities, to include efforts to secure annual corporate and grant funding, coordination of capital and annual campaigns, marketing and communications activities of the organization, and collaboration with Board of Directors in fundraising


  • Represent PBCB to the wider community, to include private and public funding sectors, donors, collaboration partners, and the general public


  • Work closely with the Board of Directors, to seek their involvement in policy decisions and fundraising an increase in PBCB’s visibility in the community


Requirements and Skills

The successful candidate will come to PBCB with a background that illustrates:


  • Strong management skills, including planning, delegating, time management and task facilitation, evidenced by experience


  • Exceptional leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills, including mentoring and team-building skills


  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills


  • Solid, hands‐on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision‐making and reporting


  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation


  • Demonstrated talent and experience in building resources: grant writing, solicitation of corporate support and major gifts, non-profit fundraising strategies and donor cultivation, business development


  • Strong marketing and public relations skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures


  • Experience in program development


  • Experience working with a Board of Directors


  • Bachelor level degree or higher preferred


  • Background or interest in sailing



Application Process

Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, including how you understand their relevance to this position, along with your resume and the names and contact information of three references (email, phone and address).

Respond to the position announcement on Indeed or mail submittal, electronic preferred, to:

Jeanne McNett, Vice President

Pleasant Bay Community Boating or to her at Pleasant Bay Community Boating, P.O. Box 21, North Chatham, Massachusetts 02650


Pleasant Bay Community Boating is upping its program this season and you can be part of our renewed mission. This 16 year old organization, with a full campus on the shores of a beautiful bay, continues to serve multiple boating interests. In addition to youth sailing class, special needs,adaptive sailing, veteran pursuits, council on aging, and an adult catboat squadron, we provide sailing lessons to member families and individuals in Flying Scots, sunfish, Optis, 420s, and catboats. While mornings are spent with youth sailing in Scots and Sunfish, this season we will be holding Opti Sailing/Racing and 420 classes in the afternoons. If you fashion yourself as a veteran Opti racers or expert 420 sailor, we need to hear from you!

Our Sailing Instructors will be expected always maintain a professional and fun demeanor:
• Work alongside other staff, the director, and junior instructors to ensure that all students are progressing and having fun
• Always model respect for the water, each other, and our equipment always
• Follow all reporting guidelines
Job Requirements: strong background in dinghy sailing and racing, Level 1 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Certification preferred, current First Aid/CPR certification, references, proficiency driving a small powerboat and swimming. Previous experience coaching sailing is a plus.
The regular summer program runs from June 22nd through August 21st with set up, training, and orientation the week of June 15th. A short-staff will continue on through until Sept 15th. Instructors are generally scheduled from 9am -5pm, Monday through Friday, evenings and weekends. There is normally a generous 1 ½ hour unpaid lunch period. Rate of pay $12.75-$15/hour.
Applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Capt. Tom Leach, Waterfront Director, Pleasant Bay Community Boating, P.O.Box 21, North Chatham, MA 02659
Pleasant Bay Community Boating
Sailing Instructor
Harwich · Full-time · $12.75 – $15 / hour