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director of public programs

The Director of Public Programs manages Rocking the Boat’s suite of hands-on education activities for groups and the larger community. These include group programs for young people in schools and community-based organizations as well as those for adults through professional development, teambuilding, and volunteer opportunities. The position also oversees the management of the summer Community Rowing Program for the general public. Together, these programs introduce over 4,000 children and adults annually to the beauty and diverse ecology of the Bronx River aboard a fleet of wooden row boats hand built by local youth. This position reports to the Director of Programs and Operations.

Responsibilities include:

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the planning and implementation of a suite of programs for local youth and adults
• Develops, delivers, and administers year-round environmental, boating, carpentry and other STEM-inspired programs for groups of youth from collaborating schools and community-based organizations
• Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources
• Develops, delivers, and administers adult group programs such as teacher professional development, corporate teambuilding, and volunteer initiatives
• Oversees the management of the summer Community Rowing program
• Markets and promotes programs to prospective school, non-profit, and business clients

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that Public Program staff are able to successfully meet program goals
• Supervises the Assistant Director of Public Programs
• Hires, trains, and supervises seasonal/temporary positions (e.g., Community Rowing Coordinator) as needed
• Hires, trains, and supervises up to 10 college-aged Program Assistants

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs
• Maintains accurate participant records
• Coordinates with Finance and Administration Department to ensure proper contracting and invoicing
• Assists in budget development; tracks program budget; sources and purchases needed materials and equipment within the parameters established in annual budgets; provides timely and accurate accounting of all expenses
• Supports the Development Department with grant proposals and reporting requirements

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming
• Follows all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues
• Manages and maintains Rocking the Boat’s boat inventory including wooden rowing craft and other waterfront equipment such as dollies, oars, and PFDs
• Maintains classroom and equipment used in the classroom and for field work

Cross-Organization Support:  Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization
• Supports the Development Department in fund-raising activities as requested
• Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources
• Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors
• Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education, Environmental Science, or related environmental education fields
• Five years professional experience in environmental education curriculum development and delivery
• Program outreach and recruitment experience
• Staff management and supervision experience
• Excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, and an ability to work independently
• Proficiency in basic computer applications
• Driver’s License
• Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary

Preferred experience:
• Boating experience
• Basic woodworking skills
• Spanish language skills

Rocking the Boat offers:
• Full-time position, salary commensurate with experience
• Full benefits package including 401(k) with generous employer match
• Generous paid time off
• Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment

To apply please send cover letter and resume to debbie@rockingtheboat.org with DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS as the subject.

 

environmental job skills program director

The Environmental Job Skills Program Director manages the after school and summer Environmental Job Skills Program for high school juniors and seniors. The position is responsible for designing environmental research and restoration projects and ensuring that they are successfully executed in line with project goals. The Program Director must be a technically skilled environmental scientist and be able to balance the accomplishment of tangible environmental goals with successful youth development. The position reports to the Director of Programs and Operations.

Responsibilities include:

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the planning and implementation of a comprehensive internship program in environmental research and restoration
• Offers engaging and relevant programs to participants built on the requirements of grant-funded environmental work whenever possible
• Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources
• Implements Rocking the Boat’s Technical Skills curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering those skills
• Incorporates principals of Positive Youth Development in program planning and delivery
• Guides participants in developing a portfolio of their accomplishments in the program for use in post-secondary opportunities
• Collaborates with other Program Directors and Social Workers on program development, shared programming and training opportunities, promoting and delivering college and career exploration activities, and other opportunities
• Works with Student Environment Program Director and Social Work team to identify and interview prospective participants
• Collaborates with the Social Work team to help participants set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals
• Develops and leads day and overnight trips designed to introduce participants to professional opportunities
• Participates in monitoring and evaluation exercises designed to assess programmatic success

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs
• Identifies and researches prospective environmental projects
• Manages multiple concurrent environmental research and restoration projects as defined by individual project goals
• Manages scientific partnerships at local universities, public agencies, non-profits, and private consultancies; develops and manages contracts/agreements with partners as needed
• Maintains accurate participant records including attendance, technical skill accomplishment and other information
• Supports the Development Department with grant proposals, budgeting, and reporting requirements
• Assists in budget development; tracks program budget; sources and purchases needed materials and equipment within the parameters established in annual budgets; provides timely and accurate accounting of all expenses

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming
• Follows all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues
• Manages and maintains Rocking the Boat’s boat inventory including wooden rowing craft and other waterfront equipment such as dollies, oars, and PFDs
• Maintains environmental lab, other program spaces and equipment
• Collaborates with the Student Environmental Program Director to manage and maintain rain garden

Cross-Organization Support:  Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization
• Supports the Development Department in fund-raising activities as requested
• Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources
• Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors
• Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

Requirements:
• B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Science, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, or related ecological fields
• Experience working with youth in an educational setting
• Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming
• Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and an ability to work independently
• Proficiency in basic computer applications
• Driver’s License
• Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary

Rocking the Boat offers:
• Full-time salaried position
• Full benefits package including 401(k)
• Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to debbie@rockingtheboat.org with ENVIRONMENTAL JOB SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR as the subject.

sailing job skills program director

The Sailing Job Skills Program Director manages the after school and summer Sailing Job Skills Program for high school juniors and seniors; and ensures the maintenance and upkeep of a fleet of modern and traditional sailboats, powerboats, docks, and other sailing equipment and resources. The Program Director must be an experienced sailing instructor able to successfully teach students to become proficient sailors while balancing youth development goals. The Sailing Job Skills Program Director also operates as Rocking the Boat’s Safety Officer. The position reports to the Director of Programs and Operations.

Responsibilities Include:

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the development, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive youth sailing internship program
• Leads annual Job Skills Sailing Program planning and design with the goal of offering engaging and relevant programs to high school junior and senior participants in sailing and sailing pedagogy
• Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources
• Recruits middle school-age serving youth groups as participants in a summer learn-to-sail camp led by Job Skills apprentices
• Implements Rocking the Boat’s Technical Skills curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering those skills
• Prepares all apprentices to pass the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat instructor certification by the time they graduate high school
• Incorporates principals of Positive Youth Development in program planning and delivery
• Guides participants in developing a portfolio of their accomplishments in the program for use in post-secondary opportunities
• Collaborates with other Program Directors and Social Workers on program development, shared programming and training opportunities, promoting and delivering college and career exploration activities, and other opportunities
• Works closely with the Student Sailing Program Director to ensure program cohesion and continuity; provides technical and pedagogical sailing education support as necessary
• Works with the Student Sailing Program Director and Social Work team to identify and interview prospective Job Skills apprentice applicants
• Collaborates with the Social Work team to help participants set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals
• Develops and leads day and overnight trips designed to introduce participants to professional opportunities in the sailing world
• Participates in monitoring and evaluation designed to assess programmatic success
• Maintains strong relationships with the local sailing community and plans relevant trips and regatta participation

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs
• Maintains accurate participant records including attendance, technical skill accomplishment and other information
• Develops, plans and recruits local middle school programs for annual summer sailing camps
• Supports the Development Department with grant proposals, budgeting and reporting requirements
• Assists in budget development; tracks program budget; sources and purchases needed materials and equipment within the parameters established in annual budgets; provides timely and accurate accounting of all expenses

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming
• Maintains and updates Rocking the Boat safety protocols
• Ensures all safety protocols are known and followed by staff and participants, and all appropriate safety equipment is present and maintained
• Follows all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues
• Organizes US Powerboating Safe Powerboating Certification for appropriate staff
• Works with the Student Sailing Program Director in overseeing the management and maintenance of all of Rocking the Boat’s sailing program inventory including fiberglass dinghies, wooden sailboats, chase boats, other boats which may enter the program; other waterfront equipment such as engines, trailers, dollies, oars, and PFDs; and boat mooring and storage facilities

Cross-Organization Support:  Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization
• Supports the Development Department in fund-raising activities as requested
• Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources
• Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors
• Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

Requirements:
• Minimum US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor, Level 2 preferred
• Experience managing sailing education programs; race coach experience a plus
• Experience managing and maintaining boats and related sailing equipment and infrastructure
• Experience or desire to be involved in community oriented education programming
• Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and an ability to work independently
• Proficiency in basic computer applications
• Driver’s License
• Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary

Rocking the Boat offers:
• Full-time salaried position
• Full benefits package including 401(k) with generous employer match
• Generous paid time off
• Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment

Start Date: late August/early September

To apply please send cover letter and resume to debbie@rockingtheboat.org with SAILING JOB SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR as the subject.



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812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

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phone: 718.466.5799
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