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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

job skills social worker
job description

The Job Skills Social Worker works with up to 36 high school junior and senior Apprentices in the Boatbuilding, Environmental, and Sailing Job Skills programs. This role engages each Apprentice in short- term, goal oriented counseling and offers clinical support within the structure of Rocking the Boat's afterschool and summer program activities. The Job Skills Social Worker makes thoughtful referrals, runs dynamic groups, and helps to set a positive youth development and workplace culture in the Job Skills program. This position supports the Job Skills Apprentices in understanding and developing their capacity to confidently navigate their current educational, interpersonal and family systems, and then transition successfully to post-high school training, college, or work.

The Job Skills Social Worker works on a team with Rocking the Boat's Youth Development Social Worker, who offers individual and group support to the freshman and sophomore students in the Youth Development program, and with a Coordinator of Academic and College Guidance, who is responsible for managing academic and post high school support for all students and Apprentices. This position reports to and is supervised by the Director of Social Work, an LCSW, and all client contact and clinical supervision count towards obtaining LCSW licensure.
    Duties Include:
  • Meeting at least three times per semester with each Job Skills Apprentice for individual counseling
  • Organizing and running 3-4 dynamic social-emotional groups based on Apprentice interest and need each semester: for example, groups focused on transitions, decision making, self-advocacy, and identity
  • Managing personal crises and making referrals to other supports when necessary
  • Assessing Apprentice personal growth through setting individual goals at the start of each semester
  • Taking part in an evaluation process with participants and program directors at the end of each semester
  • Co-facilitating three Friday workshops for the entire student body
  • Organizing and attending trips with Apprentices to workplaces in the city during the summer to learn about career opportunities
  • Regularly engaging advocates in schools, families, and other systems to support students
  • In collaboration with the Youth Development Social Worker, co-leading a Family Night each semester
  • Coordinating a weeklong camping trip each summer with Job Skills Program Directors to introduce Apprentices to professional environments related wooden boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing
  • Recording all interactions in a Salesforce database
  • Assisting the Development Department in collecting student data for grant reports and proposals
  • Supervising an MSW intern

  • Requirements:
  • Registration as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW/LCSW)
  • Minimum three years post-graduate work experience
  • Experience working with high school-aged youth
  • A strong commitment to youth development, social justice, and anti-racist practice
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • Candidate must be able to work in a non-traditional clinical setting
  • Flexibility and desire to work as part of a youth development team with non-social workers
  • Excellent communications skills
  • SIFI certification or desire to obtain SIFI while at Rocking the Boat

  • Rocking the Boat offers:
  • Full-time salaried position commensurate with experience
  • Generous vacation package
  • Full benefits package including dental and FSA
  • Opportunity for weekly supervision and hours toward LCSW licensure
  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and racially equitable youth empowerment in the South Bronx
Please email cover letters and resumes to Liz Lindgren, LCSW, Director of Social Work at