Awesome Volunteers

The Ottawa Rowing Club would not exist without our dedicated and happy volunteers who put in countless hours to make the ORC an amazing place to be.  We have brand new volunteers and we have volunteers who have been giving back to the ORC for 60 years!

The ORC is an historic landmark, close to the water and nature, in the downtown core – it truly is the best cottage in the city.  It is also home to motivated, happy people who like to give back to their community and want to connect with likeminded people.

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team!  Whether you want to coach, umpire, put your green thumbs to work in our garden, make use of your handyman skills, help with fundraising or marketing, or sit on the Board or a committee, the opportunities to get involved are endless.

If you can help, we’d love to hear from you!  Email your information, along with areas of interest, to or call 613-241-1120 or 613-979-7002.  THANK YOU in advance!

Seeking a full-time, paid Head Coach.

Summary of Duties

The Ottawa Rowing Club (ORC) is a not-for-profit sports organization established in 1867 to provide rowing instruction for participants of all ages. The ORC is comprised of a volunteer Executive Committee, volunteers and paid employees. From April to November, the ORC operates from its boathouses on the Ottawa River. In the off-season, the ORC membership trains at an indoor satellite location.

The ORC provides coaching to rowers in competitive or sport rowing programs, as well as introductions to the sport through Learn-to-Row, summer camps and the Adult Rowing League. Local high schools and universities train and race out of the ORC.

The Head Coach will work with a team of dedicated volunteer coaches to establish strong, vibrant rowing programs from recreational to masters to competitive rowing. The Head Coach will be the leader that will establish program goals and methods to support ORC strategic objectives and make the ORC a powerhouse in Canadian rowing. Success will be measured by robust program registration, a growing cohort of coaches and volunteers, and the organization of activities for a strong future.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coach and Volunteer Recruitment and Mentoring

  • Identify and maintain a coach identification, recruitment and development pathway that is equitable and provides opportunity for women or other groups otherwise not represented at all levels of coaching;
  • Develop a strategic plan, through communication with Row Ontario, to support Ottawa Rowing Club volunteer coaches to be compliant with the Coach Certification Policy (Row Ontario) and Rowing Canada's Every Coach Certified Initiative;
  • Chair coach meetings;
  • Distribute communications and information resulting from coach meetings;
  • Source guest speakers or other educational opportunities in the technical aspects of rowing for ORC coaches;
  • Understand the ORC pathway and support coaches in successfully moving athletes along the pathway;
  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist in supportive roles such as coaches, umpiring, equipment maintenance and trailer driving.

Member Recruitment, Retention and Development

  • Work with program coaches to recruit and retain rowers in all programs to achieve annual target registration numbers in each program;
  • Manage the transition of rowers between ORC programs (ie. junior to senior, senior to masters, LTR to recreational);
  • Create and implement new or complimentary programs to further grow membership base and ensure longterm viability of the ORC;
  • Coach Learn to Row, including recruiting support coaches to assist;
  • Coach Junior introductory programs and recruit support coaches to assist;
  • Coach corporate Learn to Row events at the ORC, as required;
  • Schedule and deliver the Let’s Row Ottawa program in Ottawa area schools.

Member Training and Competition

  • Circulate training, racing or club activities through various electronic media;
  • Assist with regatta preparations for ORC hosted regattas including ergattas, Head of the Rideau, Tulip Race, PD Ross and National Capital High School Regatta;
  • Determine the target regattas for each program and performance objectives for each regatta, in consultation with program coaches;
  • In consultation with program coaches, determine and execute regatta entries for each program by established entry deadlines;
  • Keep current with knowledge, trends and practices that are necessary to build and maintain competitive programs and to meet performance objectives;
  • In consultation with program coaches, determine equipment needs and allocation for training and racing;
  • Be the primary ORC representative at regattas supervising coaches and crews and interacting with regatta officials on ORC’s behalf;
  • Secure a winter training venue and coordinate winter training for members and coaches, including training times, cross-training opportunities and away training camps;
  • Ensure the safety of members, volunteers and staff by addressing repairs in the boathouse or on equipment;
  • Coordinate safety training for all club members, volunteers and staff.

Equipment Management and Maintenance

  • Make recommendations to the VP Competitive regarding equipment purchases, equipment valuation, sale of retiring ORC equipment and long term capital investments;
  • Purchase supplies and equipment and arrange the sale of supplies and equipment approved in the ORC budget;
  • Consult with various suppliers regarding orders and contracts;
  • Oversee and execute the repair and maintenance of equipment with the assistance of the Boatman;
  • Transport rowing equipment to and from regattas;
  • Plan and direct the efficient and organized loading of trailers for regattas;
  • Work with coaches to ensure respect for the club’s equipment, facilities and reinforce appropriate equipment allocation;
  • Recruit and train new trailer drivers.


  • Follow ORC policies and procedures;
  • Understand manuals and documentation associated with employment;
  • Foster a club culture that is built on sportsmanship, trust, cooperation, problem solving and respect.

Qualifications Required

  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma, post-secondary education preferred;
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in a technical position in rowing;
  • Knowledge of boat repair and maintenance;
  • Proven competitive coaching success in rowing;
  • Understanding of the ‘Long Term Athlete Development Model’ and its application to rowing;
  • NCCP Comp-Dev (Trained - ie. Performance Coach - trained) or international equivalent preferred;
  • Other NCCP certifications or a plan to get certified up to NCCP Comp-Dev (Certified) within a year of hire required;
  • Experience managing people, working collaboratively with others and strong inter personal skills to deal with a wide variety of individuals;
  • Ability to exercise discretion, good judgement solid decision-making and maintain ethical coaching standards;
  • Good foundation in the sport of rowing with a good network of contacts in the rowing community;
  • Competency and clean driving history of driving truck and loaded rowing trailer;
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with members, volunteers, colleagues and ORC employees;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interactions with co-workers, supervisor, coaches, members and general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Certified;
  • Pleasure craft operating license (Boat License);
  • WHMIS trained;
  • Police record check (for working with the vulnerable);
  • Experience working as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work independently within established procedural guidelines and/or written directions.


Submit a cover letter and resume by email to no later than January 3, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.