Bainbridge Island Rowing


Join Our Team: Director of Rowing at Bainbridge Island Rowing

Rowing Changes Lives:

Are you passionate about the transformative power of rowing?  Do you thrive leading teams and inspiring individuals of all ages toward excellence in a collaborative environment?  Our team is seeking a dynamic new Director of Rowing (DOR) to lead our growing community into an exciting future.

About Us: 

Bainbridge Island Rowing (BIR) is a thriving 501(c)(3) non-profit nestled in the heart of beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA. Established with humble beginnings in 2001, BIR is proud to have debuted our fully realized and community-funded new facility in Fall 2023. Overlooking Eagle Harbor, the new Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center in Waterfront Park is adjacent to the downtown Winslow core and a short walk to the Seattle/ Bainbridge ferry terminal.

BIR boasts year-round youth and adult programs designed to foster a love for rowing at all experience levels and cater to both recreational and competitive goals. Our organization is currently 200 rowers strong plus a small army of dedicated volunteers, many of them parents, who all share a passion for the sport and our people. Backed by this incredible community and our talented coaching staff, BIR consistently produces regionally and nationally competitive crews.

Operating on $1.1 million in annual revenue, BIR is led by an active 17-person Board of Directors and supported by 22 part-time staff including 17 coaches. BIR is fully committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. We aspire to attract rowers, parents, volunteers, donors, and employees with diverse backgrounds, heritage, and experiences. All are welcome here.  

The Opportunity:  

With the retirement of our esteemed Director of Rowing Bruce Beall on the horizon, BIR is seeking a new leader to step into this pivotal role in our organization. This individual will bring 1) their personal experience as a competitive rower and mentor to the table alongside 2) their professional experience managing operations, communicating effectively with multiple  audiences, and developing talent and programs. 

Embrace the opportunity to set the tone in the room as the common denominator between all of BIR’s stakeholders. Balancing a big-picture perspective with a sense of humor is key as you work to build relationships and inspire alignment between people and programs throughout the organization and our larger community. 

The DOR  oversees a $700k annual budget, 5 direct reports, and 17 part-time coaches in their work to drive program operations and coaching initiatives. This role is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Board Vice President in their shared mission to ensure BIR’s continued success. 

Key Responsibilities:


  • Be the face and voice of Bainbridge Island Rowing programs
  • Lead, support, and advocate for coaches and volunteers
  • Balance parent and athlete expectations
  • Cultivate positive relationships within BIR and our broader community
  • Strive for continuous personal growth and program improvement

Coaching & Staffing:

  • Manage youth and adult rowing programs
  • Recruit, develop. and mentor rowing program staff
  • Inspire and support rowers in meeting their goals
  • Meet and exceed rower expectations of BIR programs
  • Provide coaching support for assigned teams

Programming & Administration:

  • Define and oversee rowing programs to align with BIR’s strategic plan
  • Develop and manage rowing program operating budgets
  • Manage registration processes
  • Develop rower recruitment strategies
  • Oversee regatta logistics and travel planning
  • Collaborate on safety policies and ensure compliance


  • Maintain open lines of communication with athletes and parents
  • Facilitate regular internal communications including newsletters
  • Ensure external-facing program content is current, including website and marketing materials
  • Attend and contribute to monthly Board meetings

Facilities & Equipment:

  • Oversee rowing center operations in collaboration with the Business Director
  • Maintain program equipment and inventory with the Boatperson

Funding Support:

  • Collaborate on fundraising activities
  • Provide program data for grant applications and sponsorships


We’re seeking candidates with a diverse and compelling blend of experience and skills including:

  • Competitive rowing and/or coaching experience. US Rowing coaching credentials preferred. 
  • Demonstrated success in operations management of a similarly sized organization and/or programs
  • Motivated to lead, inspire, and communicate effectively.
  • Capacity to learn and employ relevant software.
  • Experience maintaining boathouse equipment and/or capacity to learn
  • WA State Boater Education Card
  • SafeSport certification
  • Driving record acceptable to BIR’s insurance carrier.  Ability to drive a boat trailer preferred.
  • Ability to bend, reach, twist, squat, climb stairs, and lift up to 35lbs.

Compensation and Benefits:

The DOR position offers an annual starting salary range of $72,800 – $83,200 based on experience. The compensation package also includes:

  • Flexible work schedule allows for in-person and remote work
  • Nine paid holidays plus 12/25 – 1/1
  • Sick leave and four weeks of paid time off
  • Paid family and medical Leave
  • Casual dress
  • Row with us! Complimentary club membership and rowing fees
  • Collaborative and Supportive Community.
  • All the perks of a small town setting combined with island living

Join Us: 

If you are ready to lead the next exciting chapter of a vibrant rowing community, BIR wants to hear from you. Bring your passion, experience, and energy to our team, and let’s build something special together. 

Learn more about Bainbridge Island Rowing here.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the attention of BIR Board President Jill Bamburg. Send as a single combined DOC or PDF to

Bainbridge Island Rowing is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.