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director of sailing programs

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. Rocking the Boat became an accredited U.S. Sailing Community Sailing Center in 2018.

Position Summary

The Director of Sailing Programs manages all sailing-related programming including: two year-round high school level out-of-school time Sailing Youth Development Programs; a student and alumni Sailing Team; and various shorter-term learn-to-sail programs for other local populations. The Director of Sailing Programs is also responsible for managing all related safety protocols and trainings, and ensures the maintenance and upkeep of a fleet of modern and traditional sailboats, powerboats, docks, and other sailing equipment and resources – both in and out of the water. The Director must be an experienced sailing instructor and sailing operations manager, 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

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the development, planning, and implementation of a series of sailing programs

  • Works collaboratively with other relevant members of the staff to recruit ninth and tenth graders for the Student Sailing Program to maintain a full enrollment in each of three annual semesters

  • Works collaboratively with other relevant members of the staff 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 instruction of a Youth Development Sailing Program for high school students

  • Oversees all sailing-related Public Programs including the summer Community Sailing Program on select weekend days, the sailing component of a middle school summer camp, and other small group sailing programs throughout the season

  • Leads annual Sailing Program planning, design, and execution with the goal of offering engaging and relevant programs in sailing and sailing instruction

  • Incorporates principals of positive youth development in program planning and delivery

  • Trains participants in skills needed to pass the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification

  • Develops opportunities for Rocking the Boat youth sailors to race both against each other and young people from other communities

  • Collaborates with other Program Directors and Social Workers on program development, shared programming and training opportunities

  • Maintains strong relationships with the local sailing community and plans relevant field trips for participants

  • 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

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that Instructors and Program Assistants are able to successfully support program activities

  • Hires, trains and oversees sailing instructors to lead the Student Sailing Program

  • Works with Sailing Program and Student Program teams to hire up to four college-aged Rocking the Boat alumni as Program Assistants

  • Provides ongoing management, technical, safety, and youth development training for Instructors and Program Assistants

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

  • Maintains accurate participant records in Salesforce database including attendance, technical skill accomplishment, and other information

  • Coordinates with the Director of Public Programs to develop and lead learn-to-sail and community sailing activities

  • 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

  • Maintains and trains relevant staff and participants in Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues

  • Organizes US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification for appropriate staff

  • Oversees the management and maintenance of all of Rocking the Boat’s sailing program inventory including plastic 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

  • Participates 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

  • US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor

  • NY State Boating Safety Certificate or equivalent powerboat driving certificate

  • Experience managing sailing education programs; race coach experience a plus

  • Experience managing and maintaining boats and related sailing equipment and infrastructure

  • 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

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Willingness to work long days, weekends, and some overnights, as necessary

Workspace

  • Holds their own desk within a shared office in the Sailing Classroom. While the main building is fully accessible, the Sailing Classroom and some other spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders

  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects, such as boats and engines, and using hand and power tools is an important part of the position

  • Headphones are welcome during periods of independent work

Rocking the Boat offers

  • Full-time salaried position: $65,000-$75,000, 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 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 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 cover letter and resume to adam@rockingtheboat.org with Director of Sailing Programs as the subject.

alumni social worker

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 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

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, $55,000-$60,000 salaried position

  • Generous paid time off

  • Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) with employer match after first year

  • 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.

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



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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