Rocking the Boat-Opportunity


Super Anarchist
Bayside, NY

student sailing program director

[SIZE=11pt]Organizational Background[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]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 counseling 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.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Position Summary[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]The Student Sailing Program Director manages the after school and summer Student Sailing Program, leading a group of 16 high school aged students, introducing them to a range of basic sailing and seamanship skills. The Program Director supervises a staff of up to four college-aged Program Assistants, all graduates of Rocking the Boat’s programs and helps ensure the maintenance and upkeep of a fleet of modern and traditional sailboats, powerboats, docks, and other sailing equipment and resources. The Program Director must be an experienced sailing instructor able to successfully teach students to become proficient sailors while integrating youth development methodology. The position reports to the Senior Director of Programs and is a full-time, year-round position.[/SIZE]


[SIZE=11pt]Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the development, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive sailing-based youth development program[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Offers engaging and relevant introductory sailing programs to participants to participants in their first two years of high school[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Implements and improves Rocking the Boat’s Technical Skills curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering those skills[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Incorporates principals of Positive Youth Development in program planning and delivery[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Recruits prospective ninth and tenth grader participants in collaboration with the Boatbuilding and Environmental Student Program Directors and the Student Social Worker[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Collaborates with other Program Directors and Social Workers on program development and shared programming and training opportunities[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Develops and leads challenging and enriching day and overnight trips for participants[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Collaborates with the Social Work team to help participants set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Participates in monitoring and evaluation designed to assess programmatic success[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Works with the Job Skills Sailing Program Director to maintain strong relationships with the local sailing community and plan relevant trips for participants[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that part-time Program Assistants are able to successfully support program activities[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Supervises up to four college-aged Rocking the Boat alumni as Program Assistants[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Provides ongoing professional, technical, safety, and youth development training for Program Assistants[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Maintains accurate participant records including attendance, technical skill accomplishment and other information as needed[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Supports the Development Department by engaging in special projects as needed and providing: narrative content including stories and quotes for fundraising and promotional materials; budget backup; photographs[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Assists in 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[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Follows all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Works with the Sailing Program team to manage and maintain of all of Rocking the Boat’s sailing program inventory including plastic dinghies, wooden sailboats, and RIBs; 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[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Cross-Organization Support:  Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Supports the Development Department by participation in fund-raising activities as requested[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat[/SIZE]


  • [SIZE=11pt]US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Experience teaching in sailing education programs[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Experience managing and maintaining boats and related sailing equipment and infrastructure[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Experience or desire to be involved in community oriented education programming[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and an ability to work independently[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Driver’s License[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Willingness to work long days, weekends, and some overnights, as necessary[/SIZE]


  • [SIZE=11pt]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[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Lifting and carrying heavy objects, such as boats and engines, and using hand and power tools is an important part of the position[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Rocking the Boat offers[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=11pt]Full-time salaried position: $50,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience [/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) with employer match after first year[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Generous paid time off[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=11pt]Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development and empowerment[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Rocking the Boat[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]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.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]To apply[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]To apply please send cover letter and resume to [/SIZE][email protected] with Director of Sailing Programs as the subject.



Super Anarchist
New Orleans
Well, I wish them well. Looks like a big and ambitious program:

Wintertime would be a challenge, keeping kids interested when there are few "sailing weather" days.

Glad they have enlisted the local schools, getting "nontraditional" sailors out sailing and learning on shore, is encouraging.

May they find a wonderful program director, who will keep all those balls in the air at once.

My teaching is less ambitious, part-time in a new Community Sailing Center here in New Orleans:

But it does bring me joy.  Sailing is pay-it-forward, I've had a good life doing it, in the northeast and now on the big lake they call Pontchartrain.