Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club
Established 1989

Latest News

WRRA Job Posting - Program Director

Update: This position has been filled. Thank you!

Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) is searching for a Program Director to manage the daily program needs for one of the largest adult rowing programs in the Midwest. The successful candidate will possess effective communication, organizational and administrative skills, a college degree and will have a minimum of three years experience in a rowing based organization or related field. This position will work with and report to WRRA Board of Directors. Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

Management and Operations

  • Manage all aspects of WRRA programs. Work within program guidelines and budgets and strive to identify areas to streamline processes and/or improve program efficiency.
  • Supervise the recruitment, management, scheduling and evaluation of program coaches, coxswains and SRL Coordinator.
  • Administer member registrations.
  • Develop and maintain team rosters.
  • Coordinate day-to-day program equipment needs.
  • Manage WRRA communications
  • Foster volunteerism through the recruitment of members to support the organization in its day-to-day activities and events.

 Mission & Strategy

  • Support the WRRA board of directors in advancing the organization’s goals.
  • Work in conjunction with WRRA board members in their respective areas of responsibility, and keep them apprised of operational, programmatic and financial performance of the organization’s programs and the factors influencing it.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal and organizational communication skills
  • Detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to manage programs

Knowledge of/or experience in rowing

  • 3 - 5 years of relevant experience
  • College degree, sports management degree preferred

This position offers competitive compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will satisfactorily complete state, federal and USRowing background checks. The candidate will also be required to work within the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) Code of Regulations and pass the CRF Safety test.

The individual in this position will be required to lift, move and carry boats and equipment. The position will also require standing and walking for longer periods of time.

Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Submit current resume, cover letter and salary requirements to WRRA President at 

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019


2018 Annual Meeting

The ANNUAL MEETING of members of the Western Reserve Rowing Association will be held SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Flat Iron Café (1114 Center Street, Cleveland, OH).

This meeting will provide:

  • Update on WRRA programs
  • Recognition of WRRA Volunteers
  • Election of Directors
  • A chance to voice your goals and concerns for WRRA
  • Cleveland Rowing Foundation Update
  • WRRA Club gear for your holiday gift-giving (Cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted).
Important: If you are unable to attend the meeting, we still want (need!) your vote. Please see below for absentee ballot information.
Fabulous prizes!
$25 Gift Certificates to the Flat Iron will be given to 6 WRRA members, chosen at random by raffle. You must be present to win.

IN ADDITION, a $25 Gift Certificate to the Flat Iron will be given to the SRL teams represented by the largest number of members wearing their 2018 SRL t-shirt. One will be given to the NOVICE team and one to the EXPERIENCED team with greatest number of actual members present in 2018 team t-shirts.

WRRA Board of Directors Elections / Absentee Ballots

Directors whose terms expire November 10, 2018:

  • Jamye Jamison
  • Megan O'Donnell Patton
  • Kathy Whitford

2018 WRRA Nominees for 3 three-year Terms:

  • Kim Bache
  • Anna Chanakas
  • Steph Mercado
  • Mary Purcell

Read the Candidate Statements here.

For those unable to attend the annual meeting, an absentee ballot can be found here. Please cast your vote for up to 3 candidates, sign and print your name and scan or photograph the ballot and return it to the following address no later than 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2018:

Please read the candidate statements and give thoughtful consideration as to who will best fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the WRRA Board of Directors.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 10.

WRRA's visually impaired rowers to compete in prestigious Head of the Charles regatta

Congratulations and good luck to our VIPER (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) crew, heading to Boston October 20-21 to race in the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta.

Donate directly to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

EHVZBHAZ4FH35HPF45VPZTRQJE.jpgFour years ago, Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) began offering visually impaired athletes the opportunity to enjoy the fun and challenging sport of rowing.

Today, that same program - aka The VIPERs (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) - have gone from their humble beginnings on the Cuyahoga River to qualifying for the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles (HOCR) in Boston, MA. On October 20-21, 11,000 athletes from 26 countries will compete and amongst them will be the VIPERs!

The VIPERs are part of WRRA's Outreach Programs and are funded entirely by members and donations. Volunteers have given over 450 hours of their time helping to coach, row and cox in this program.

We are asking for additional help to get the crew of 7 adults (guides, rowers, coach & coxswain) and 2 guide dogs to Boston to vie for a coveted medal in this prestigious competition. 100% of monies raised will go directly towards the VIPER team's preparation for the regatta, travel, trailering the boat, and lodging.

Directly donate to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

Read & Watch Channel 19 news coverage of our VIPERs

WRRA can provide a Letter of Donation upon request. Additional donations raised will go to WRRA Outreach programs.

(photo credit: Micheal K. Dakota)