ILCA Seeks Field Operations Officer


POSITION: ILCA Field Operations Officer

REPORTS TO: The Field Operations Officer reports to and works under the direction of the Executive Secretary of ILCA.

LOCATION: You must have the ability to work remotely and travel extensively.

FULL/PART TIME: This is initially a part-time position.  Will transition to a full-time position for the qualified candidate. 

The International Laser Class Association is looking for a Field and Operations Officer to augment our management team. The Field Operations Officer will interact with other ILCA staff, the ILCA Events Committee, ILCA Regional and District officers, World Sailing staff and class sailors to ensure effective operation of ILCA events and promotion of the class at all levels from club to Olympic sailing.


World Championships  

  • Assists the Executive Secretary with establishment and implementation of a 4-year rolling programme for class world championships.
  • Provide liaison, support and assistance to event hosts in the preparation of applications for future ILCA events.
  • Assists with and carries out site visits and assessment of world championship venues.
  • Undertakes the role of ILCA Representative at ILCA events as needed. Coaches, controls and assists the organizing authorities in setting up for and running of the events to ensure that World Championships are organised and run successfully.
  • Assures timely and attractive regatta reporting on the ILCA website and social media. Integrates as possible all available technologies such as on-water tracking, video streaming, and results reporting to connect more people to the events as they occur.
  • Ensures the collection and publication of the official results.
  • Improves the championship process and contributes to the progressive development of event formats through a post event evaluation process, working in close cooperation with event hosts and relevant stakeholders.

Class Liaison

  • Ensure the development and maintenance of close relations between ILCA and the Regional and District class associations through regular communications.
  • Work with the Executive Secretary on liaison with World Sailing and the Class Builders to ensure that the class’s position as the pre-eminent single handed dinghy class in the world is maintained and enhanced.
  • Actively engage with relevant stakeholders to foster and maintain Olympic class status.
  • Assist with monitoring and managing the World Sailing submission process with attention to proposals that would effect ILCA and its sailors.

Class Development & Promotion

  • Encourages and assists with development of class sailing activities in Fleets, Districts and Regions.
  • Actively promotes and expands the class into new areas, working in coordination with World Sailing’s Emerging Nations programme when possible.
  • Assists with the setting up of new District Associations in countries where one does not exist.


  • Provides input and prepares class communications to provide regular and up to date information to the members, District and Regional officers and the ILCA World Council.
  • Provides monthly written reports to the Executive Secretary.

Technical and Measurement

  • Assists with the maintenance and implementation of the rules and regulation of the class in close cooperation with the head of the Technical and Measurement Committee, the Chief Measurer and the Technical Officer,
  • Provides feedback to the Chief Measurer and Technical Officers on possible rule issues, changes and technical developments for the class.


  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary for the efficient operation of the class.


  • A college degree or higher.
  • Ability to work from home and travel extensively.
  • A strong small boat sailing background and sound knowledge and experience of regatta and race management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to negotiate capably and communicate positively and effectively with people from varied backgrounds.
  • Schedules, plans and implements accurately multiple concurrent projects.
  • Excellent relationship skills and a demonstrated ability to work with committees.
  • Creates and manages relationships with many contacts in the various ILCA regions, sailing organizations and countries active in sailing.
  • Proven track record of working remotely to project manage the set-up and execution of activities and coordinate large events.
  • Coordinates the arrangement, execution and follow-up actions of complex meetings with many international participants.
  • Works with autonomy and is a self-motivated, proactive and innovative decision maker.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English. Additional languages are a plus.

The remuneration for the position will be subject to negotiation based on the skills and experience of the appointee.

Extensive international travel is required. Travel costs required for the role will be reimbursed by ILCA.

Please submit your résumé and supporting information to by 16 October 2020