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director of special events

The Rocking the Boat Director of Special Events is an integral member of a four member Development team, helping to raise an annual budget of $2.6 million to support award-winning Bronx-based youth development activities. The organization’s programs include after-school and summer programs in traditional wooden boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental science, a job readiness program, comprehensive student support services, a public rowing program, and school and other group environmental and sailing education programs.

Responsibilities

  • Planning and producing two major annual fundraising events
    • Whitehall Award—a spring gala for 300 at the New York Yacht Club
    • Rocking Manhattan—a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in the fall by 10-12 teams in rowboats
  • Launching new winter fundraising event at Rocking the Boat targeted to Bronx businesses
  • Organizing logistics for summertime stewardship and cultivation events
  • Managing outside event consultants and vendors
  • With Director of Communications, creatively promoting events on social and traditional media
  • Tracking tasks and contacts in Salesforce database
  • Processing event-related gifts and drafting acknowledgment letters to donors

Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ nonprofit fundraising, event management, marketing, or promotion experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-confidence and good judgment
  • Ability and willingness to work independently
  • Strong synthesis, research, and project management skills
  • Advanced multi-tasking and time management abilities
  • Highly detail-oriented, creative, and flexible
  • Enthusiasm for youth development, experiential outdoor education, and familiarity with Bronx community helpful
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree a plus

Rocking the Boat offers

  • Full-time position in $45-50,000 salary range
  • Full benefits package, including 401K
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment

Please email cover letter and resume to Jaye Pockriss at jaye@rockingtheboat.org with the words “Director of Special Events” in the Subject line.



kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

info@rockingtheboat.org
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892

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