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environmental student program manager

Organizational Background
Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for high school students in the South Bronx and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of over $3.7 million, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 2,500 community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social-emotional, academic, and career counselling by a team of licensed social workers to have profound and lasting impact on participants.

Position Summary
The Environmental Student Program Manager leads the after school and summer Environmental Student Program. The Program Manager supports a group of up to 20 high school aged students, introducing them to a range of Bronx River research and restoration projects and trains and supervises up to four college-aged Program Assistants. The Program Manager must have a strong foundation in pedagogy and environmental science as well as strong leadership skills and the ability to balance tangible environmental goals with successful youth development. The position reports to the Director of Environmental Science and Justice.

Responsibilities:
Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the planning and implementation of a comprehensive youth development program in environmental education

  • Offers engaging and educational programs to participants, built on the requirements of grant-funded environmental work whenever possible
  • Implements Rocking the Boat’s curriculum, supports technical skill development, develops weekly lesson plans, and assesses individual participants
  • Train participants in on water practices, safety and rowing
  • Collaborates with Director of Environmental Science and Justice on continuous curriculum and technical skill development
  • Recruits program participants in collaboration with other student program managers and the Senior Director of Youth Development
  • Plans and leads day and overnight trips for participants (1 overnight per tri-mester)
  • Collaborates with the social work team to support participants’ social and emotional needs
  • Participates in monitoring and evaluation exercises designed to assess programmatic success
  • Delivers all programmatic content on schedule, remaining in budgeted parameters
  • Supports the Director of Environmental Science and Justice in fostering and developing professional scientific partnerships
  • This position involves on-site presence Monday to Friday with the opportunity for limited remote work

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that part-time Program Assistants can successfully support program activities

  • Supervises up to four college-aged Rocking the Boat alumni as Program Assistants in the environmental program
  • Provides ongoing management, technical, safety, and youth development training for Environmental Program Assistants

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
  • 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 in a timely manner and within the parameters established in annual budgets; provides prompt and accurate accounting of all expenses

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that 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
  • Collaborates with the Director of Environmental Science and Justice to manage and
    maintain all environmental spaces and equipment, both on and off-site.
  • Keeps CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications current (provided by Rocking the Boat)

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

  • Supports the development department in fund-raising events and activities as requested
  • Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources
  • Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, ecology, environmental science or related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming
  • Excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Experience on and around water strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary
  • Driver’s License

All Rocking the Boat employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to receive full set of vaccinations prior to employment.

Rocking the Boat offers:

  • Full time salaried position: $55,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package including health, dental, vision, a 401k with 6% employer match
  • 38 days paid time off including official holidays (43 after 3 years)
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Rocking the Boat:
Rocking the Boat is committed to creating an environment that promotes the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility of all applicants and employees. The program team strives not only to accept but to affirm and celebrate all identities. Race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, and veteran status are not barriers to employment at Rocking the Boat. Please feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process.

To apply:
To apply please send a detailed cover letter highlighting your relevant experience cover letter and resume to the Director of Environmental Science and Justice at lily@rockingtheboat.org with Environmental Program Manager as the subject line.

apprentice/alumni social worker

Organizational Background 
Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for high school students in the South Bronx and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of over $3.7 million, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 2,500 community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social-emotional, academic, and career counselling by a team of licensed social workers to have profound and lasting impact on participants.

Position Summary
The Apprentice/Alumni Social Worker supports the social and emotional needs of the 11th and 12th grade apprentices in Rocking the Boat’s Environmental, Boatbuilding and Sailing Job Skills programs as well as program alumni for six years following high school graduation. The position helps participants to confidently navigate educational, interpersonal, and family systems by providing individual and group mental health support, collaborating with schools, and making referrals to outside agencies when necessary. The Apprentice/Alumni Social Worker is a member of the four-person Social Work team, supervised by the Senior Director of Youth Development. The position collaborates with the Directors of the Job Skills Boatbuilding, Environmental, and Sailing Programs as well as the Student Program Social Worker, the College and Career Coordinator, and the Alumni Liaison to support their shared clients.

Responsibilities:
Mental Health and Personal Development Support

For both apprentices and alumni within six years of high school graduation:

  • Provide short-term, goal-oriented counseling as well as emotional support and crises intervention, making referrals to external clinical resources whenever necessary
  • In collaboration with the College and Career Coordinator, offer participants life skills training opportunities in areas such as financial management, health and healthcare, and civic engagement 

For apprentices: 

  • Support personal growth through identifying practical challenges or outcomes and setting achievable goals
  • Organize and lead two to three biweekly social/emotional groups based on interest and need throughout the year
  • Participate in Job Skills Boatbuilding, Sailing, and Environmental programs both on and off site in order to develop deeper relationships
  • Regularly engage schools, families, and other systems in supporting apprentice needs

For alumni within six years of high school graduation:

  • Organize and lead two to three biweekly social/emotional groups based on interest and need throughout the year
  • Conduct at least one mental health check in with each graduate annually
  • Respond to any identified need by engaging local mental health resources 

Post-Secondary Support

Collaborate with College and Career Coordinator in supporting apprentices in making informed post-secondary choices and in supporting them after high school graduation. This includes:

  • Co-leading workshops for apprentices and their families that focus on topics that support preparation for college, trade school, and other post-secondary opportunities
  • Working individually with apprentices throughout the year to support the social and emotional elements of exploring post-high school options and planning next steps
  • Co-leading a week of local daytrips to local colleges during spring break and a four-day overnight trip to New York State colleges for juniors during their February break
  • Support the College and Career Coordinator in leading five workplace visits each summer 


Apprentice and Alumni Support and Engagement through Programs

  • Plan and co-facilitate (with the Student Social Worker) three Friday “Chat n’ Chew” life skills workshops each fall and spring semester featuring experts who can speak to topics relevant to Rocking the Boat’s youth population
  • Collaborate with the Social Work Team to lead fall and spring semester Family Nights
  • Support and join Job Skills program staff in planning, organizing, and attending two single-day and overnight trips annually
  • Collaborate with the College and Career Coordinator and the Alumni Liaison on organizing and leading two annual Alumni Reunions 


Administration

  • Actively use a Salesforce database to maintain all relevant client data and to record all client interactions
  • Conduct annual social emotional learning assessments of all Apprentices using the Hello Insight evaluation tool
  • Assist the Development Department in sharing student data and anecdotes of programmatic successes or challenges for reports and proposals 


Intern Supervision

  • Supervise and support an MSW intern

Qualifications
Required

  • Registration as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
  • A strong commitment to youth development, social justice, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Highly developed organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • SIFI certified or desire to become SIFI certified
  • Excellent communication and database skills
  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience working with high school-aged youth, preferably in New York City
  • Commitment to experiential learning and non-traditional social work practice
  • Flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team of non-social workers
  • Valid NYS driver’s license with a clean driving record a plus 


All Rocking the Boat employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to receive full set of vaccinations prior to employment.

Rocking the Boat offers

  • Full-time salaried position: $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) with up to 6% employer match after first year
  • 38 days paid time off (including sick and holidays)
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development

Inclusion,  Diversity,  Equity and  Accessibility  at Rocking the Boat
Rocking the Boat is committed to creating an environment that promotes the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility of all applicants and employees. The organization strives not only to accept but to affirm and celebrate all identities.  Race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, and veteran status are not barriers to employment at Rocking the Boat.  Candidates should please feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process. 

To apply:
To apply please send a detailed cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and qualifications along with a current resume to Alicia Miranda, Senior Director of Youth Development at alicia@rockingtheboat.org with Apprentice/Alumni Social Worker as the subject.

program assistant job openings

boatbuilding program assistant

boatbuilding program assistant

Organizational Background
Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding after-school project for high school students in the South Bronx and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3.7 million, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 2,500 community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social-emotional, academic, and career counseling by a team of licensed social workers to have profound and lasting impact on participants.

Position Summary
Boatbuilding Program Assistants are part-time, non-exempt positions that support the delivery of Rocking the Boat’s after school and summer Boatbuilding Youth Development Program. Program Assistants work over multiple semesters with the 9th and 10th grade participants in delivering all aspects of the program’s wooden boatbuilding-based curriculum. Up to four positions report to the Boatbuilding Program Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate education in wooden boatbuilding to small groups of 9th and 10th grade students
  • Assist in classroom instruction during session as well as lesson planning and preparation beforehand
  • Independently lead small group instruction and activities
  • Incorporate and promote Rocking the Boat’s Core Values into all aspects of program delivery
  • Actively practice and promote all safety protocols in the shop and on the water
  • Assist in leading day and overnight trips designed to introduce participants to new experiences related to Rocking the Boat programs
  • Manage the upkeep of the boatbuilding shop including maintaining hand and power tools, cleaning and organizing the shop after use, and storing wood, paint, and other proper materials properly
  • Ensure appropriate use and care of all materials and equipment
  • Manage participant behavior to facilitate an effective and safe learning environment
  • Participate in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

    Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrate mastery of Boatbuilding Technical Skills Levels 3 and 4 or equivalent
  • Demonstrates the initiative and leadership qualities that lead to a high level of productivity
  • Ability to think independently while working as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate honestly, respectfully, and effectively with supervisors and coworkers

Rocking the Boat Offers

  • Up to 40 Safe and Safe hours per calendar year, accrued at a rate of one hour of Safe and Sick time earned to every 15 hours worked
  • Salary ranging from $17 to $20 per hour, commensurate with experience 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Rocking the Boat is committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all applicants and employees. The organization strives not only to accept but to affirm and celebrate all identities. Race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability are not barriers to employment at Rocking the Boat. Candidates should feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process.

To apply
Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject “Boatbuilding Program Assistant” to Marina Ford, Boatbuilding Program Manager, at marina@rockingtheboat.org

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

info@rockingtheboat.org
phone: 718.466.5799

Rocking the Boat is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Download Form 990.

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