(.75 FTE)

BC Sailing Association (BC Sailing) serves as the Provincial Sailing Association Member of Sail Canada. BC Sailing has over 60-member clubs representing approximately 25,000 sailors. BC Sailing’s mandate is to provide support, training and leadership to our members in the delivery of Sail Canada programs and services. BC Sailing’s other activities include high-performance programs, the BC regatta circuit and the Mobile Optimist Sailing School program.

BC Sailing is seeking applications for the Program and Communications Manager position. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program and Communications Manager fulfills a multifunctional role that includes the development, delivery and evaluation of quality sailing programming and the coordination of communications on behalf of the association benefiting the Membership, participants and strategic partners. This will include building organizational capacity with member clubs, schools and class associations as well as relationships at the grassroots level, consistent with the vision, mission, values and goals of BC Sailing. Where possible the incumbent will assist in the Marketing and Revenue Generation Initiatives of the association.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide management and support to develop and administer technically sound, progressive programs for sailors, instructors and coaches that provide overall, measurable improvement in skill base and deliver successful results.
  • Provide leadership in the area of communications by managing a multi-media presence for BC Sailing. The role will consist of writing, content creation, design, and analytics for the website, social media, monthly e-newsletter, and marketing materials. Creating content about our inspiring sailors, dedicated coaches and volunteers, and empowering sailing programs will be a significant part of this role.
  • Act as the Provincial Advisor or Assistant Provincial Advisor and serve as the primary liaison between the BC Games Society and BC Sailing;

To qualify for this exciting role, you should have the following skills and experience:  

  • Post-secondary education or diploma in kinesiology, sport or recreation administration or a strong combination of relevant training and experience in program management and communications.
  • NCCP trained or certified at the Comp Intro level / Full Learning Facilitator in the sport of sailing (preferred).
  • At least three (3) years experience working in the sport sector or at the club, provincial or national levels in the sport of sailing.
  • Technical understanding of sailing as well as athlete, coach, officials development.
  • The proven ability to lead and implement broad provincial programming.
  • The ability to manage competing priorities and multiple stakeholder relationships and expectations.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills, including very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, and comprehensive working knowledge of communication, website and social media platforms and principles.
  • Experience in the promotion, marketing/revenue generation of sport is an asset.
  • An understanding of the BC sport system, BC Sailing and the various funding and operational agencies that can contribute to an effective provincial sport infrastructure is an asset.
  • An Enhanced Police Information Check, per BC Sailing policy, is required.

This is a .75 FTE position. The incumbent has the flexibility to work from home and periodically, will be required to meet at the BC Sailing office in the lower mainland (Richmond) and work nights and weekends as needed. This position requires domestic travel and a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle are required for this role.

Please send your cover letter and resume, with salary expectations by Friday, October 18, 2019, to:

Rick Nickelchok, Executive Director (email:

We thank all the applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.