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director of social work

The Director of Social Work ensures the delivery of high-quality, culturally competent social, emotional, and academic support for the students enrolled in Rocking the Boat’s Youth Development Program, as well as for alumni navigating their transition to adulthood. The Director of Social Work is a LCSW with significant management, clinical, and program development experience and is a member of the organization’s management team. The position reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Student, Job Skills, and Alumni Social Workers; coordinates all social work activity; collaborates with the Director of Programs and Operations to manage staff training and program evaluation; and assesses social work programs and processes to ensure that they effectively meet client needs while fulfilling Rocking the Boat’s mission.


Social Work Program Coordination and Development: Ensure that Rocking the Boat’s clients are receiving a comprehensive and effective range of social/emotional, academic, and post-secondary school guidance services

  • Ensure that all Social Work Program deliverables are met

  • Set Social Work Program budget and manage spending throughout the year

  • Coordinate cross-programmatic Social Work events and activities

  • Develop partnerships with local mental health organizations for clinical referrals

  • Support social work staff in introducing clients to a variety of professional fields


Staff Supervision and Development

  • Manage three full time Social Workers

  • Offer clinical supervision and crisis management to all Social Work staff

  • Ensure that each Social Worker has a masters level social work intern

  • Continually assess structure and staffing of Social Work department to ensure that programs are operating effectively

Staff and Volunteer Training and Program Evaluation

  • Ensure that Salesforce database is being used effectively by all Social Work staff

  • Develop and coordinate Program Director and Program Assistant youth development trainings

  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs and Operations to oversee evaluation and assessment across all programs

  • Manage Rocking the Boat’s volunteer-driven tutoring program

Fundraising Support

  • Ensure that Salesforce database can generate accurate reports
  • Available to provide programmatic anecdotes to fundraising staff

  • Represent the work of the Social Work department during donor site visits


  • Master of Social Work from an accredited Graduate School of Social Work and NYS Licensure as Clinical Social Worker

  • Multiple years of management experience

With experience in:

  • Working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities

  • Managing and clinically supervising multiple social work staff

  • Holding direct reports accountable to meeting programmatic objectives

  • Identifying metrics and tracking outcomes

  • Developing and managing program budgets

  • Organizational planning and problem solving

  • Post-secondary access and persistence

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
    Please email cover letter and resume to Adam Green at

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