Get Out On The Water Campaign

Contract: Up to 18 months

Location: Ontario Sailing, 70 Unsworth Drive, Unit 17, Hamilton, ON

The Get out on the Water Campaign is a joint initiative between Ontario Sailing and ROWONTARIO.

The goal of the initiative is to attract and retain new participants to the sports of Sailing and Rowing through high quality and introductory programs and mentorships. This initiative focuses on the “first contact” experience for sailing and rowing, aimed at all ages in the Active Start, Fundamental, Learn to Train and Active for Life stages of Canadian Sport for Life’s Long Term Athlete Development framework.

The Project Manager of the Get out on the Water Campaign is responsible for the effective creation, administration, organization, and evaluation of this initiative. This position requires an outgoing personality, creative thinker and someone with strong skills in community engagement and outreach. There will be some evening and weekend travel required within Ontario throughout the year, and extensive travel throughout the spring/summer. The successful candidate will have his or her own vehicle with a clean driving record. Experience as a rowing or sailing coach/athlete is not necessary.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Engaging new and existing Sailing and Rowing clubs to be involved with the Get out on the Water Campaign
  • Develop an education/marketing campaign and materials that will effectively reach out to communities across Ontario to encourage them to try the sports of sailing and rowing
  • Create an online tool to help register and track new participants, feedback, and their activity through the sport
  • Develop Training Modules and resources for Volunteers, Instructors and Mentors that focus on helping inexperienced/beginners into the sports
  • Meet with both rowing and sailing clubs throughout Ontario to work with volunteers to implement the education and marketing campaign
  • Host a series of training sessions that implement training modules throughout Ontario
  • Assist communities with organization and participant recruitment, registration, and volunteer job descriptions for their “Get out on the Water” day
  • Work with each community club to schedule and execute their “Get out on the Water” day
  • Using feedback and evaluations from training sessions and “Get out on the Water” days, increase the number of training opportunities for volunteers, coaches, and mentors to overall increase the impact the project will have on the communities across Ontario

Essential Skills & Requirements:

  • 3+ years of work experience in a related position
  • Experience in program and/or project management
  • Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in Sport and Recreation, Business Administration, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the amateur sport community at the provincial and national levels, including awareness of trends, news and information
  • Advanced computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Web maintenance & Social Media
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to track progress of work and effectively report/communicate this progress to the Get out on the Water Management Team throughout the project
  • Experience working with a volunteer-based organization, preferably in amateur sport
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and pay close attention to detail
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and priorities
  • Creative and flexible; comfortable with change and easily adaptable


  • Indoor office environment; outdoor events,
  • Primarily Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • Occasionally required to extend hours to meet work demands
  • Occasionally required to work weekends and events as per scheduled meetings
  • This position is called upon to do some lifting of supplies, materials, and equipment

Application Information:

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary expectations by e-mail with “Project Manager, Get out on the Water” in the subject line by September 10th, 2014 at 4 pm to:


Program Coordinator, Ontario Sailing



Ontario Sailing and ROWONTARIO are committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority. This position is supported by funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.