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student boatbuilding program director
job description

The Student Boatbuilding Program Director reports to the Director of Programs and Operations and manages Rocking the Boat’s after school and summer Student Boatbuilding Program. The Program Director works daily with a group of up to 16 high school aged students, introducing them to a range of traditional wooden boatbuilding technical skills, and building a small wooden rowing or sailing boat from scratch. The Program Director supervises a staff of up to four 18-22 year old Program Assistants, all graduates of Rocking the Boat’s Programs. The Program Director must be a technically skilled wooden boatbuilder and a strong group leader interested in working in what is primarily an educational environment and be able to balance the accomplishment of tangible boatbuilding goals with successful youth development.
    Duties Include:
  • Running all after school and summer Student Boatbuilding programs
  • Managing college-age Program Assistants
  • Leading full-day and multiple-day rowing and sailing trips
  • Recruiting program participants in collaboration with other Program Director's and with the support of the Social Worker
  • Assessing programmatic impact through regular observational- and skills-based evaluations
  • Collaborating with Rocking the Boat’s Social Worker to support and manage program participants
  • Collaborating with all other Program Directors on shared programming
  • Managing program volunteers
  • Continual shop and tool maintenance and upkeep
  • Implementing established safety protocols
  • Ensuring all program administration is done in a timely manner
  • Sourcing and buying needed tools and materials
  • Supporting the Development Department with grant proposals and reporting requirements
  • Other tasks as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

  • Requirements:
  • Traditional wooden boatbuilding experience
  • Education experience, preferably in experiential/alternative education
  • Experience or desire to be involved in community oriented educational 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
  • Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary
  • Driver's License

  • Rocking the Boat offers:
  • Full-time salaried position commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment
Position open until filled. Please email a cover letter and a resume to Debbie Forester, Director of Programs and Operations at