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boatbuilding job skills program director
job description

The Boatbuilding Job Skills Program Director leads the Boatbuilding Job Skills Program. The Program Director manages eight to twelve Apprentices (16- to 18-year old alumni of the primary level Boatbuilding Program) on a range of boat repair, restoration, and new construction projects forming a comprehensive job readiness experience. The position is responsible for ensuring that Rocking the Boat’s wooden rowing and sailing fleet is in good working order, at times working on repair and restoration projects that extend beyond the scope of the Job Skills Program. The Program Director has a strong foundation in traditional wooden boat building and experience managing a small work crew. He/she is interested in working in what is primarily an educational environment and able to balance the accomplishment of tangible boat building goals with successful youth development.
    Duties include:
  • Running two 13-week after school Boatbuilding programs, four days a week/three hours a day
  • Running a seven-week summer Boatbuilding program, four days a week/six hours a day
  • Maintenance of Rocking the Boat’s 25 wooden rowing and sailing boats
  • Continual shop and tool maintenance and upkeep
  • Sourcing and buying needed tools and materials
  • Developing new income-generating boat commissions
  • Collaborating with the Job Skills Social Worker to help Apprentices set and achieve academic, professional, and personal goals; and perform Apprentice evaluations. Support the social work team in organizing and promoting college and career exploration activities.
  • Collaborating with other Program Directors on shared programming and training opportunities
  • Managing program volunteers
  • Implementing established safety protocols
  • Ensuring all program administration is done in a timely manner
  • 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
  • Experience managing students or supervising employees
  • Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary

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