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director of boatbuilding operations

Organizational Background
Rocking the Boat empowers young people to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high- need community of the South Bronx and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,000,000, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 4,000 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. Boats number 54 and 55 are currently under construction on the Rocking the Boat shop floor.

Position Summary
The Director of Boatbuilding Operations coordinates all wooden boatbuilding-related operations across the organization. This includes leading the after school and summer Boatbuilding Job Skills Program, managing all wooden boatbuilding materials, tools, and equipment, and ensuring the proper maintenance of Rocking the Boat’s fleet of wooden rowing and sailing boats. The position supervises up to 12 apprentices (16- to 18-year- old graduates of the Student Boatbuilding Program) on a range of boat repair, restoration, and new construction projects forming a comprehensive on-the-job training experience. The Director of Boatbuilding Operations must be technically skilled in woodworking—ideally wooden boatbuilding — and be experienced in shop management and interested in applying those skills to a youth development environment. The ideal candidate has experience managing a small work crew and can balance the accomplishment of tangible boatbuilding and restoration goals with effective youth development practices. The position reports to the Senior Director of Programs and is a full-time, year-round role.

Responsibilities
Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the planning and implementation of a comprehensive youth development and job readiness program in traditional wooden boatbuilding and maintenance

  • Offers engaging and relevant programs to youth participants centered on building wooden rowing and sailing boats and maintaining Rocking the Boat’s wooden rowing and sailing fleet
  • Supports all boatbuilding-related Public Programs including components of a middle school after-school and summer programs and other small group programs throughout the year
  • Implements and improves Rocking the Boat’s Boatbuilding curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering a host of technical skills
  • Incorporates principles of positive youth development in program planning and delivery
  • Collaborates with other Program staff and Social Workers on program development, shared programming, training opportunities, promoting and delivering college and career exploration activities, and other opportunities
  • Develops and leads day and overnight trips designed to introduce participants to related professional opportunities
  • Participates in monitoring and evaluation exercises designed to assess programmatic success

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming

  • Manages and maintains Rocking the Boat’s shop, tools, and other equipment
  • Sources all wooden boatbuilding materials including locally sourced oak and cedar
  • Maintains Rocking the Boat’s wooden rowing and sailing fleet
  • Follows and enforces all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues

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 team with grant proposals, budgeting, and reporting requirements
  • Assists in budget development and 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

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

  • Supports the Development team in fundraising 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

  • Woodworking – and preferably wooden boatbuilding – experience
  • Shop and tool management experience
  • Experience managing students or supervising employees
  • Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming
  • Strong organizational skills and an attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic, collaborative team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications
  • Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Spanish language skills a plus

Workspace

  • Works largely in the boatbuilding shop managing staff and facilitating programs
  • The Director holds their own desk within a shared office in an accessible building; some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders

Rocking the Boat offers:

  • Full-time salaried position: $60,000 to $70,000, commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) with employer match after first year
  • Generous paid time off
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth 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 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. Please feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process.

To apply:
To apply please send cover letter and resume to adam@rockingtheboat.org with Director of Boatbuilding Operations as the subject.

senior director of programs

Organizational Background

Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high-need community of the South Bronx, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of just over $3,000,000, 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 Senior Director of Programs is a key member of the organization’s four-person management team. The position manages the organization’s innovative experiential youth development and public programs as well as the infrastructure that supports them. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Director is responsible for supervising up to seven Program Directors and a dedicated Assistant Director, managing programmatic equipment and facilities, and representing Rocking the Boat in the local community. This position requires regular evening and intermittent weekend work.

Responsibilities

Program Development and Execution: Manage the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated suite of boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental education programs

  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director to design and develop programs that fulfill Rocking the Boat’s mission and partners with Program Directors to implement them

  • Supports Program Directors in accomplishing annual program goals and outcomes

  • Serves as a bridge between Development and Program staff, helping to provide content for proposals, reports, and marketing materials

  • Works with Program Directors to draft program budgets and manages spending on restricted grants

  • Sets daily, weekly, and seasonal programmatic priorities and related activities

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensure that a highly qualified staff successfully fulfills the organization’s mission

  • Supervises up to seven Program Directors, and the Assistant Director, offering regular guidance and evaluation at both a team and individual level

  • Works with other members of the management team to a build a collaborative environment across the staff

  • Develops and facilitates in-house trainings for staff in areas such as youth development, youth staff management, and safety

  • Hires, orients, and trains new program staff

Equipment and Safety Management: Certify that the necessary tools are in place to facilitate safe and successful programming

  • Ensures that Program Directors effectively maintain all program-related equipment including all rowing, sailing, and power boats, environmental science equipment, camping gear, and woodworking tools

  • Updates and enforces Rocking the Boat Safety Protocols

  • Supports Program Directors in securing any necessary city or state permits

Community Relations: Represent Rocking the Boat consistently and actively among relevant communities and affinity groups

  • Represents Rocking the Boat at community meetings, events, and conferences

  • Develops strategic partnerships with local schools and organizations

  • Manages individual and group volunteer interest and placement in programs

This job description does not represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities of this position; other duties and unplanned activities may be required.

Qualifications

Strong candidates will have at least five years’ experience in non-profit management and program development and demonstrated experience in all of the following:

  • Managing programs with strong but flexible and creative leadership

  • Empowering direct reports to fulfill programmatic objectives while holding them accountable

  • Administering programs in non-traditional or experiential education environments

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across organizational functions

  • Developing and managing program budgets, including the allocation of restricted grant funds

  • Collaborating with other organizations or schools

  • Organizational planning and problem solving

  • Management of equipment, facilities, or other physical infrastructure

  • Sailing, wooden boatbuilding, and/or environmental education 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.

Workspace

  • Holds their own desk in a private office in an accessible building.  While the main building is fully accessible, some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders

  • This position involves on-site presence Monday to Friday with the opportunity for limited remote work

Rocking the Boat offers

  • Full-time salaried position: $85,000-$95,000, commensurate with experience

  • Benefits package including Health, Dental and 401k with 6% matching

  • 38 days paid time off including official holidays (43 after 3 years)

  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth 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 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 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 Adam Green, Executive Director at adam@rockingtheboat.org with Senior Director of Programs as the subject.

alumni social worker

Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high-need community of the South Bronx and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,000,000, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 4,000 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
Rocking the Boat is seeking to hire an Alumni Social Worker to support the academic, social/emotional, and professional needs of the Rocking the Boat’s alumni community. This involves broad outreach and data collection to the hundreds strong Rocking the Boat alumni population, individual support for 50 to 75 alumni who are within six years out of high school, and the management of an Alumni Mentoring Program that supports graduates in their first two years out of high school. The Alumni Social Worker works among a team of four licensed social workers, supports various organizational events and programs with the Social Work team and reports to the Director of Social Work. This position requires some evening and weekend work.

Responsibilities
Counseling: Provide individual social/emotional, academic, and professional support to all alumni within six years of high school graduation

  • Provide short-term clinical services such as individual counseling and assisting in the development of short- and long-term personal goals
  • Manage personal crises and make referrals to other supports when necessary
  • Offer academic and professional support addressing college and technical school success and job readiness

Mentor Program: Administer a post-secondary support oriented mentoring program for graduates within their first two years post-high school

  • In collaboration with the Job Skills Social Worker, annually recruit and introduce the new cohorts of between 5 and 15 mentors and mentees
  • Organize and facilitate kick off, mid-year, and end-of-year mentor events for all mentor/mentee cohorts
  • Conduct monthly check-ins with mentors, bimonthly check-ins with mentees and provide additional support as needed
  • Meet with every second year mentor/mentee pair for check-ins

Events: Organize and host events for the alumni community and for joint events with current Youth Development Program participants

  • In collaboration with the Job Skills Social Worker, coordinate an extended trip for juniors over February break to visit New York State schools and visit Rocking the Boat alumni
  • Coordinate a summer Alumni Reunion
  • Collaborate with the Job Skills Social Worker to coordinate an annual scholarship dinner
  • Develop Professional Development workshops
  • Collaborate with the Job Skills Social Worker on a Friendsgiving Talk-Back event for recent alumni and high school seniors
  • Build and sustain connections with a network of colleges and post-secondary training organizations
  • Recruit and organize alumni volunteers to assist with events planning

Alumni Community Outreach: Communicate with alumni en masse and individually

  • Conduct surveys and host groups to assess alumni needs
  • Manage the Rocking the Boat Alumni Facebook group
  • Regularly notify alumni about resources and opportunities
  • Assist individual alumni with FAFSA and TAP renewals
  • Manage applications to the New York Community Trust and Hadley Greene Memorial scholarships; oversee Beyond the Boroughs, Rocking the Boat’s consultant managing scholarship distributions
  • Coordinate the alumni elements of two annual fundraising events: the Pete and Toshi Seeger Alumni Award (spring) and Rocking Manhattan coxswains (fall)

Evaluation and Assessment: Help to document and contextualize the services Rocking the Boat provides

  • Manage alumni records in Salesforce database
  • Record all interactions in Salesforce database
  • Provide Development staff with data and stories for reports and proposals
  • Analyze data to assess programmatic impact and identify areas of need

Qualifications
Required

  • Registration as a Licensed Master or Clinical Social Worker (LMSW/LCSW)
  • Minimum three years post-graduate work experience
  • A strong commitment to youth development, social justice, and anti-racist practice
  • Highly developed organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • Willingness to work in a non-traditional clinical setting
  • SIFI certified or desire to become SIFI certified
  • Excellent communications and database skills
  • All Rocking the Boat employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to receive full set of vaccinations prior to employment.

Preferred

  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience counseling youth on the college application and financial aid processes; knowledge of local New York City, regional, and national higher education systems
  • Valid NYS driver’s license with a clean driving record

Workspace

  • Holds their own desk within a private office in an accessible building. While the main building is fully accessible, some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders
  • Opportunity to work remotely on a limited basis

Rocking the Boat offers

  • Full-time salaried position: $55,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience
  • 38 days paid time off including official holidays (43 after 3 years) Benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision and 401k with 6% matching
  • Weekly supervision with opportunity to accrue hours toward LCSW licensure
  • 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 Xiomara Ayala, Senior Director of Social Work at xiomara@rockingtheboat.org with Alumni Social Worker as the subject.

 
 

assistant director of public programs

Organizational Background

Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high-need community of the South Bronx and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,000,000, 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 Assistant Director of Public Programs reports to the Director of Public Programs and is responsible for assisting in the management of Rocking the Boat’s suite of Bronx River and wooden boat-based environmental and STEM education programs for youth, adults, and the larger community. These include group education, professional development, and teambuilding programs for young people and adults, a middle school-age summer camp program, and the free summer weekend Community Rowing program open to the public. Together, these programs introduce nearly 3,000 people annually to the beauty and diverse ecology of the Bronx River aboard a fleet of wooden rowboats hand built by local youth.

Responsibilities

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the successful delivery of a suite of programs for local youth and adults

  • Delivers environmental, boating, boat-shop and STEM-based programs for groups of youth from collaborating schools and community-based organizations

  • Assists the Director of Public Programs in developing and formalizing activity plans and curriculum

  • Manages the summer weekend Community Rowing program

  • Assists the Director of Public Programs in running adult group programs such as teacher professional development, corporate teambuilding, and volunteer initiatives

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that Public Program staff are able to successfully meet program goals

  • Assists in hiring and training up to 10 seasonal college-aged Program Assistants

  • Communicates with Director of Public Programs on issues related to Program Assistants as needed

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs

  • Uses the Salesforce database to maintain accurate participant, institutional partner, and program information

  • Provides data and anecdotes to the Development Department as requested

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming

  • Follows and enforces all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues

  • Ensures appropriate use and care of Rocking the Boat’s boat inventory including wooden rowing craft and other waterfront equipment such as dollies, oars, and personal floatation devices; informs the Director of Public Programs of all maintenance and repair needs

  • Maintains classroom and equipment used in the classroom, boat shop 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

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of education, natural sciences, environmental studies, or related fields; or equivalent professional experience

  • Outdoor education teaching experience

  • Ability to lead groups through high-energy, physically challenging activities on both land and water

  • Experience with lesson planning and curriculum development

  • Excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, and an ability to work independently

  • Proficiency in basic computer applications

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Willingness to work long days and weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Preferred

  • Experience managing entry-level staff

  • Boating experience

  • Basic woodworking skills

  • Spanish language skills

Workspace:

  • Works largely outdoors facilitating programs for groups of students and adults

  • When not leading programs, the Assistant Director holds their own desk within a shared office with a short set of steps at the entrance. The main building is fully accessible, but some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders

  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects, such as wooden rowboats, and working outdoors in both rain and sun is part of the position

Rocking the Boat offers

Full-time, non-exempt position with a salary ranging from $45,000 to $50,000 commensurate upon 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

  • Limited remote work opportunities

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

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Safiya Sabir, Director of Public Programs at safiya@rockingtheboat.org with Public Programs as the subject.



kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

info@rockingtheboat.org
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892

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