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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.


  • 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


  • 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 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
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892