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director of programs and operations
job description

Rocking the Boat is seeking to hire a Director of Programs and Operations to manage the organization's innovative experiential youth development and public programs. The position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for supervising seven Program Directors, managing programmatic equipment and infrastructure, and representing Rocking the Boat in the local community.

    Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated suite of boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental education programs
  • Leads program planning process
  • Guides Program Directors in fulfilling program goals and outcomes
  • Sets program budgets and manages spending on restricted grants
  • Coordinates daily, weekly, and seasonal programmatic priorities and related activities

  • Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that a highly qualified staff successfully meets program goals
  • Supervises seven Program Directors and one Facilities Manager, offering regular guidance at both a team and individual level
  • Builds a team environment with all program and administrative 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 staff

  • Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to facilitate safe and successful programming
  • Oversees program-related equipment management and maintenance including all rowing, sailing, and power boats, environmental equipment, camping gear, and shop tools
  • Oversees management and maintenance of indoor and outdoor program spaces at two locations
  • Maintains cross-organizational safety protocols

  • Community Relations: Ensuring that Rocking the Boat has a consistent and active presence 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 press visits
  • Manages individual and group volunteer interest and placement

  • Qualifications:

    Strong candidates will have at least five years' experience in non-profit management and program development and demonstrated experience in the following:
  • Developing and managing multiple program staff in educational environments
  • Holding direct reports accountable to meeting programmatic objectives
  • Partnering with other organizations or community agencies
  • Managing staff in non-traditional or experiential education environments
  • Sailing, wooden boatbuilding, and/or environmental education
  • Managing program budgets
  • Organizational planning and problem solving
  • Management of equipment, facilities, or other physical infrastructure

  • Rocking the Boat offers:
  • Full-time salary commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment
Please email cover letter and resume to Adam Green at