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sailing job skills program director

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Rocking the Boat became an accredited U.S. Sailing Community Sailing Center in 2018. 

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 integrating youth development methodology.  The position reports to the Director of Programs and Operations.  This is a full time, year round position.

Responsibilities include:

Program Development and Execution:  Ensuring the development, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive youth sailing internship program

  • Works with the Student Sailing Program Director and Social Work team to identify and interview prospective Job Skills apprentice applicants in order to enroll 12 high school juniors and seniors in each of three annual semesters

  • 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 instruction

  • Incorporates principals of Positive Youth Development in program planning and delivery

  • Implements Rocking the Boat’s Technical Skills curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering those skills

  • Prepares participants to pass the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification by the time they graduate high school

  • Develops opportunities for Rocking the Boat youth sailors to race both internally and with other young people

  • Plans and manages a summer middle school sailing program facilitated by high school participants

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources

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

  • Coordinates with the Director of Public Programs to develop and lead learn-to-sail activities as a component of a summer middle school program

  • Supports the Development Department with grant proposals, budgeting, and reporting requirements

  • Assists in annual 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

  • 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 plastic and fiberglass dinghies, wooden sailboats, and chase boats; other boating equipment such as engines, trailers, dollies, sails, and PFDs; foul weather gear and dry suits; and boat storage infrastructure including floating docks and moorings 

Cross-Organization Support:  Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization

  • Participation 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:

  • US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor

  • 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 Microsoft Office computer applications

  • Driver’s License

  • Willingness to work long days, weekends, and some overnights, 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 January

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

job skills social worker

The Rocking the Boat Job Skills Social Worker works with approximately 36 high school 11th and 12th grade members of our Boatbuilding, Environmental, and Sailing programs. This role engages in short-term, goal-oriented counseling, provides deeper clinical support when necessary, and offers comprehensive post-secondary guidance to each participant. The position is part of a four-member Social Work team, collaborates with the Program Directors of the Job Skills Boatbuilding, Environmental, and Sailing Programs, and is supervised by Rocking the Boat’s Director of Social Work.

Responsibilities:

Counseling & Group Work

  • Meet at least three times per semester with each participant for individual counseling and post high school planning

  • Organize and run at least three dynamic social-emotional groups based on participant interest and need each semester; for example, past groups have focused on transitions, decision making, self-advocacy, and identity

  • In collaboration with the Student Social Worker, plan and facilitate three Friday “Chat n’ Chew” workshops each fall and spring semester featuring experts who can speak to topics relevant to Rocking the Boat participants

  • Manage personal crises and make referrals to other supports when necessary

  • Support personal growth through setting individual goals at the start of each semester

  • Engage schools, families, and other systems in supporting students on a regular basis

  • In collaboration with the Social Work team, co-lead twice annual mid-semester Family Nights

  • Attend single and multiple-day trips throughout the year, including a summer week long camping trip

Post-Secondary Support

  • Manage a college and post-secondary access program for Rocking the Boat 11th and 12th grade students

  • Design and lead workshops for students and families that focus on topics that support preparation for college, trade school, and other post-secondary opportunities

  • Work individually with students throughout the year to explore post-high school options, plan next steps, and offer regular support filling out applications and financial aid forms

  • Explore scholarship opportunities and review financial aid packages with high school seniors and their families

  • Work with families to resolve individual academic and financial issues causing barriers to college enrollment

  • Develop and maintain relationships with a network of colleges and post-secondary training organizations

  • Coordinate and lead a week of local daytrips to New York City and regional colleges during spring break and a four-day overnight trip to New York State colleges for juniors during their February break

Program Administration

  • Participate in an evaluation process with participants and program directors at the end of each semester

  • Participate in interviews with Program Directors for rising Job Skills Apprentices

  • Record all interactions in Salesforce database

  • Assist Development staff in collecting student data and sharing stories for reports and proposals

Intern Supervision

  • Supervise and support an MSW intern

Requirements:

  • Registration as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW/LCSW)

  • Bilingual Spanish/English required

  • Minimum three years post-graduate work experience

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have experience counseling youth in NYC around the college application and financial aid processes, and who have knowledge of local, regional, and national higher education systems

  • A strong commitment to youth development, social justice, and anti-racist practice

  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently

  • Willingness to work in a non-traditional clinical setting

  • Flexibility and desire to work as part of a youth development team

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Valid NYS driver’s license with a clean driving record

Rocking the Boat offers:

  • Full-time salaried position commensurate with experience

  • Generous vacation package

  • Full benefits package including dental, FSA, and a matching 401(k) plan

  • Weekly supervision with opportunity to accrue hours toward LCSW licensure

  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and racially equitable youth empowerment in the South Bronx

Please email cover letters and resumes to Xiomara Ayala at xiomara@rockingtheboat.org

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. in Environmental Science, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, or related ecological fields required; MS preferred

  • 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.


Expected start date mid-January 2020.


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



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rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

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phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892

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