Director of Sailing Operations

Rocking the Boat
812 Edgewater Road
Bronx, NY 10474
United States

Charitable / Not for Profit
Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
From $60,000 To $70,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description
Organizational Background
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 counselling 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.

Position Summary
The Director of Sailing Operations coordinates all sailing-related activities and infrastructure.  This includes leading a year-round high school level out-of-school time Sailing Youth Development Program and various short-term learn-to-sail programs, ensuring the maintenance and upkeep of a fleet of modern and traditional sailboats, powerboats, docks, and other sailing equipment and resources both in and out of the water, and managing all related safety protocols and trainings.  The Director must be an experienced sailing instructor and sailing operations manager, 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 role.

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the development, planning, and implementation of a series of sailing programs 
Works collaboratively with other relevant members of the staff to recruit ninth and tenth graders for the Student Sailing Program to maintain a full enrollment in each of three annual semesters
Leads instruction of a Youth Development Sailing Program for high school students
Supports all sailing-related Public Programs including the summer Community Sailing Program on select weekend days, the sailing component of a middle school summer camp, and other small group sailing programs throughout the season
Leads Sailing Program planning, design, and execution with the goal of offering engaging and relevant programs in sailing and sailing instruction
Incorporates principals of positive youth development in program planning and delivery
Trains participants in skills needed to pass the US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification
Develops opportunities for Rocking the Boat youth sailors to race with each other and young people from other communities
Collaborates with other Program staff and Social Workers on program development, shared programming and training opportunities
Maintains strong relationships with the local sailing community and plans relevant field trips for participants 
Participates in monitoring and evaluation designed to assess programmatic success
Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming 
Maintains and trains relevant staff and participants in Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues
Organizes US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification for appropriate staff
Oversees the management and maintenance of all Rocking the Boat sailing and powerboat 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 other infrastructure including floating docks and moorings

Staff Supervision and Development: Ensuring that Instructors and Program Assistants are able to successfully support program activities 
Hires, trains and oversees sailing instructors to assist in leading the Student Sailing Program
Provides ongoing management, sailing, and safety training for Instructors and Program Assistants 

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs
Maintains accurate participant records in Salesforce database including attendance, technical skill accomplishment, and other information 
Coordinates with relevant staff to develop and lead learn-to-sail and community sailing activities
Supports the Development team with grant proposals, budgeting, and reporting requirements
Assists in annual 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

Cross-Organization Support: Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization 
Participates in fundraising activities as requested
Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources
Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors
Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat

Job Requirements
• US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor
• NY State Boating Safety Certificate or equivalent powerboat driving certificate
• Experience managing sailing education programs; race coaching experience a plus
• Experience managing and maintaining boats and related sailing equipment and infrastructure
• Experience managing students or supervising employees
• Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic, collaborative team
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications
• Valid driver’s license
• Willingness to work long days, weekends, and some overnights, as necessary

Adam Green
812 Edgewater Road
Bronx NY 10474
United States
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