Sail Canada is hiring!

Sail Canada is hiring!


High Performance Director


Sail Canada, the governing body for the sport of Sailing in Canada, is seeking a committed dynamic individual to lead a high performance program that places Canadian sailors in positions to achieve sustained international success at international events.  

The successful candidate will build and develop relationships and credibility with international level athletes, coaches and stakeholders.

The High Performance Director (HPD) will have demonstrated success at developing and leading successful, large and complex high performance programs which rely on the collaboration and commitment of internal and external stakeholders, preferably including some significant experience in such a role within sport and has a extensive technical  knowledge of sailing.

This role presents a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the delivery of high Performance programs both strategically and operationally throughout Canada.

The HPD has delegated authority for the high performance program within the scope of the approved High Performance Strategy.  The HPD is accountable and responsible for the operations and expenditures of the High Performance Program within approved budgets.  The HPD reports directly to the CEO of Sail Canada.  



Leadership, Development, Planning, Management and Evaluation

  • Lead the development of a High Performance measurement-based system that will consistently produce Canadian athletes with podium potential at Youth Worlds, World Cups, World Championships and Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Develop and deliver a robust high performance plan which provides clear direction, strategies, measurable program objectives, priorities and accountabilities to ensure a cohesive and truly national Sailing high performance program
  • Lead the development of an operational plan and budget for the national training hubs and national teams
  • Articulate a strong vision for and participate in the development of appropriate world class training environment for national team and Next Gen Athletes
  • Identify elite and emerging sailing talent
  • Provide, manage, oversee and maintain a world-class high performance culture and daily training environment for athletes with the Next Gen and National Team Program
  • Establish an organizational culture of excellence amongst the coaches and high performance support staff
  • Develop clear and fair team selection policies and professional program standards across all programs, ensure the communication and consistent adherence to these policies, and ensure appropriate advice and feedback is provided to the athletes on an ongoing basis
  • Work with Podium and Performance Coaches to develop and provide yearly training plans and programs for all national team athletes

  • Work with Performance and Next Gen coaches to develop yearly training programs for all identified Next Gen athletes

  • Provide overall technical liaison with Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Own the Podium, Sports Institutes and provincial sailing organizations


Communications and Consultation

  • Ensure consistent and effective communications and consultation with the various stakeholders
  • Ensure ongoing and effective communications with Next Gen and National Team Athletes
  • Consult with High Performance Advisory Committee


Budget Management

  •  Work with the CEO to forecast and manage the Performance Budget as approved by the Board of Directors

Human Resource Management

  • Build and maintain a high performance culture of excellence through effective performance management, communication and coaching of high performance staff
  • Ensure the recruitment of appropriately skilled staff to positions, and establishing a performance-based evaluation system

  • Select, orient and develop a strong team of National Coaches ensuring clear direction and expectations with respect to the preparation and implementation of training programs and strategies

  • Providing leadership, direction and effective management, guidance, advice and support to staff, volunteers and service providers



Candidates applying for the High Performance Director role will require a range of personal and professional skills, including:



  •  Demonstrated success at leading successful, programs which rely on the collaboration and commitment of internal and external stakeholders
  • Preferably including some significant experience in such a role within the sport of sailing



  • A knowledge of the factors affecting Canada’s high performance competitiveness internationally and knowledge of trends in international level Sailing
  • Understanding of the needs of successful elite athletes and coaches in order to be successful internationally including the role of sports science and sports medicine to achieve performance outcomes

  • Strong understanding of the structure and dynamics of Canadian sport, including the interrelationships at local, provincial and national level


Skills and personal attributes

  •  The ability to lead others with conviction and purpose
  • Highly effective communicator with the ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences, including board members, external stakeholders, athletes and coaches

  • High level strategic planning skills to develop clear and concise plans about what has to be achieved

  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial resources

  • The ability to negotiate outcomes with partner organisations and to optimise the contribution of a diverse range of stakeholders

  • Demonstrated success in establishing effective group dynamics and resolving situations of competitiveness and conflict

  • Exemplifies personal drive and integrity, displays resilience, and takes personal responsibility for maintaining momentum to meet objectives and progress work

  • A willingness to work non-business hours and to travel extensively both domestically and internationally



Sail Canada is headquartered at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, Ontario.


This is a full time position. Due to the nature of the role, some after office hours and weekend work will be required.



Sail Canada has a comprehensive website which includes information and news items on all facets of its activities, services and programmes.

Applications should be sent to with a cover letter and an accompanying CV.  Applications should be with Sail Canada no later than February 23, 2018.