Youth Program Director

Hudson River Community Sailing
207 12 Ave
New York, NY 10001
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) develops academic success and leadership in underserved NYC youth, and provides maritime education to the city at large. Founded in 2007 to serve the New York City community, HRCS partners with public schools to offer credit-bearing academic programs, internships, mentoring, and college readiness. Our youth development platform uses sailing, boat operation, and boat building to further academic skills and instill the qualities of character necessary for college and career success. We also serve the broader community through affordable marine education and recreation for individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and families. Last year we expanded to a satellite location in northern Manhattan, though our youth programs are primarily based in Chelsea.

HRCS is seeking an individual to lead our innovative and immersive Youth Development Program, Sail Academy. The ideal candidate is passionate about providing young people with opportunities for learning and growth in an experiential setting, and can skillfully lead a dynamic and hardworking team The Youth Program Director oversees the safety, quality, and educational effectiveness of all youth programs. Primary responsibilities include curriculum development and oversight, supervision, data-tracking and reporting, and program evaluation.

The Youth Program Director reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with various Program Managers to assure programming is coordinated well across the organization. Preferably the candidate has a passion for sailing or outdoor education, though the right candidate with other skills and experience will be considered.


Oversees all youth programs (afterschool, summer, and contract) including:
- Safety (Incident review, updating policies/procedures)
- Overall curriculum planning / management
- Program evaluation
- Data tracking and reporting
- Event planning
- Maintaining and developing strategic partnerships
- Staffing / scheduling
- Program improvement / expansion
- Student recruitment / retention

Supervision of staff including:
- Onboarding and Training
- Performance reviewing
- Professional development

Manages volunteers

Manages and updates program websites

Oversees communication to key players (Board, Partner schools/program)

Works in partnership with Development department on grant applications, reports, and site visits

Management Team - Meets regularly around organizational planning and coordination.
Youth Development Team - Leads weekly meetings to discuss updates, issues with programs; Meets Bi-weekly for individual check-ins about roles/responsibilities
Partner Schools - Leads meetings with principals and teachers to check in on student progress, recruitment, credit, and attendance issues for youth programs
Youth Contract Course - Coordinates with various schools and youth serving organizations
Volunteers - Schedules for programs assistance
Partners/Networks - Attends meetings, pass on knowledge/skills gained to other staff

Master's degree or equivalent experience in education, counseling, management preferred
3-5 years of experience in supervision and administration; with a track record of successful leadership
Excellent computer skills with knowledge of database management and google applications.
Excellent writing and communication skills
Experience with program development
Knowledge and experience with outcome measurement
Experience working with a diverse community of clients and staff
Some public speaking required
Project management skills
Strong personnel supervision skills

START DATE – June 2017 (Possibly sooner)

COMPENSATION - Commensurate with experience. Medical insurance. Professional development support. Sailing club privileges.

Send a resume and letter of interest to Include reference names and contact numbers.
Employer Contact Information
Hudson River Community Sailing
Donald Rotzien
PO Box 20677
New York NY 10011
United States

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