Lead Masters Coach

Olympia Area Rowing Association (OAR) is currently seeking applicants for the position of Lead Masters Coach.

OAR is located on Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington, capitol city for Washington State. The Masters program has approximately 60 active rowing members, both sweeps and scullers, and would like to increase that number. The club also offers a robust Junior Program. Masters programs are year-round and include winter conditioning. The Masters coach would be working with the Head Coach and an Advisory Board Committee known as the Adult Rowing Committee in advocating for, developing, administrating, and coaching the Masters group. There are several experienced, veteran coaches who would assist with coaching various groups of master rowers and have years of masters coaching experience to offer the new coach in a collaborative team atmosphere.

Lead masters program
Lead, advocate for, and coordinate Masters program in consultation with OAR Head coach and the Adult Rowing Committee. Program is year-round including winter conditioning. Programs include novice, intermediate, advanced, competitive and recreational rowing.

Develop programs to grow Masters membership. Development would include involvement in Learn to Row Day, Learn to Scull, and Learn to Sweep classes by recruiting coaches, and working with volunteers each summer.

Ensure well-developed pathway for progression of rowers from beginning to advanced skillset.

Explore, with Head Coach and the Adult Rowing Committee, additional programs to help grow the masters group (i.e., adaptive rowing, additional masters coached classes, private lessons).

Work in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee with the primary purpose of working towards increasing diversity, equity and inclusion among our master’s members.

Lead and coordinate effective collaboration of Masters coaching team.

Coach as desired/needed.

Develop programs yearly for adult coached programs in collaboration with Head Coach, and Adult Rowing Committee; submit, with budget, to board for approval.

Ensure programs stay within budget through the year.

Communicate regularly with the Adult Rowing Committee and Masters Coaching team.

Work with club Vice President and Head Coach to recruit coaches as necessary.

Approve time sheets for Masters coaches in a timely fashion, twice monthly.

Participate in surveying adult rowers at least once yearly to develop information to adjust programing.

Work with coaches to develop and submit Masters race entries for competitions the club plans to attend.

Plan logistical regatta operations with Head Coach and other involved coaches in competitions in which Masters are involved.

Coordinate coached sessions with Head Coach to avoid time and boat conflicts with Junior Program.

Experience, training, and personal characteristics
Experience coaching Masters groups of various ability levels, preferred.

Level II coaching certification, preferred.
WA state boating certificate, required.
Certified in CPR/first aid.
Safe Sports certified.
Willingness to work in a collaborative manner with existing coaching team, Adult Rowing Committee, and Head Coach.
Strong communication and administrative skills necessary.

Compensation and hours
This position requires an estimate of 5-15 hours per week, consisting of a combination of coaching and administrative/organizational work. The current workload is at the lower end, and will remain so until the effects of the pandemic recede. However, during normal seasons the bulk of the hours ramp up during regatta seasons. As the master’s program grows, this could become a larger position.

Pay is hourly dependent upon experience and qualifications.

Please send your resume or summary of your rowing/coaching experience to

The Club shall provide an equal opportunity to athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and officials to participate in rowing without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, creed, gender identity/gender expression, differing physical/mental abilities, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or pregnancy status.