Race Officials Manager

London, UK (with extensive travel requirements)
13 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

World Sailing is responsible for:

  • the promotion of the sport internationally;
  • managing sailing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games;
  • developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions;
  • the training of judges, umpires and other administrators;
  • the development of the sport around the world; and
  • representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

The principle members of World Sailing are the 145 'Member National Authorities' (MNAs) and the 100+ 'Class Associations'.

We have a clear and ambitious vision:

A world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature, we all work to protect the waters of the world.

Our mission:

To make sailing more exciting and accessible for everyone to participate or watch, and use our reach and influence to create a sustainable future for our sport and the waters of the world.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the work and development of World Sailing Race Officials, including Race Officers, Judges, Umpires and Measurers, Expression Judges, Paralympic Classifiers, Technical Delegates and any new disciplines that are introduced;
  • Work with and provide administrative services to a range of World Sailing Committees and working parties including the Race Officials Committee and its four sub-committees, Match Racing and Team Racing sub-committees;
  • Manage the annual program of World Sailing Race Official clinics and seminars;
  • Implement and support a performance assessment program for World Sailing Race Officials;
  • Develop a long-term World Sailing Race Official strategy in conjunction with key stakeholders;
  • Promote and develop World Sailing Race Official policies and guidelines at international events including the Regional Games, World Sailing Events and the Olympic and Paralympic Games;
  • Supervise the event appointment of World Sailing Race Officials by World Sailing and be the staff member of the Event Appointments Working Party;
  • Implement and promote an international development program for World Sailing Race Officials;
  • To work towards any Events team goals set in the World Sailing strategic plan;
  • Support the work of the Events team in the management of World Sailing events;
  • Support the work of the Events team and any other World Sailing Committees or Commissions, including international travel to meeting and events;
  • Support the work of the Events team at the World Sailing Annual Conference
  • Act as a line manager for specific staff within the Events team;
  • Any other tasks assigned.


This is an exciting role within World Sailing that will see the Race Officials Manager working with a wide range of stakeholders and volunteers from around the world.

The Race Officials Manager will work to deliver the overall strategic goals set by the World Sailing Council, Board and Race Officials Committee and support the work of the CEO and Director of Events.

The Race Officials Manager will be the key link between the World Sailing Executive Office and the Race Officials Committee with Race Officials around the world and all key stakeholders.

The Race Officials Manager will need to help build on the existing Race Official programmes to ensure continued growth at an elite level and to ensure growth in the numbers of Race Officials around the world.

Relationships & interfaces:

Strategic reporting to:

  • Line Manager – Director of Events;
  • Project by project – CEO;
  • Project by project – President.

Support & Guidance to:

  • Events team, Operations team, Technical and Offshore team;
  • World Sailing Race Officials;
  • Key Partners and stakeholders;
  • World Sailing staff.

Personal attributes & experience:

Essential experience:

  • Practical understanding of the role of Race Officials in the sport of Sailing;
  • Knowledge of World Sailing, the MNA and Class Association structure;
  • Knowledge of the Olympic Games, Regional Games and World Sailing Events;
  • Knowledge of event management, World Sailing rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of regatta management, organisation and conduct;
  • Practical understanding of IT systems, databases and other computer solutions.

Essential requirements:

  • Ability to manage professionals and collaborate with volunteers to achieve success;
  • Strong ability to define and follow procedures;
  • Sound judgement and common sense in difficult situations with several stakeholders;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Capacity to interact with people from different countries and cultures;
  • High level of personal presentation, preparation and organisation;
  • Ability to assess and support selection of officials for specific event roles;
  • Ability to communicate with professionals about IT solutions;
  • Available to spend periods of time at events and meetings around the world.

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to speak another language (French or Spanish) in addition to English.