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Senior Director of Programs

Rocking the Boat

Job Description


Rocking the Boat

Senior Director of Programs
Job Description

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 nonprofit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,500,000 is a hub of youth-development programming that serves nearly 3,000 young people and community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social/emotional, academic, and career counseling to have profound and lasting impact on participants.


The Position:
The Senior Director of Programs is a key member of the organization’s four-person management team. The position manages the organization’s experiential education and youth development programs as well as the curriculum and physical infrastructure that supports them. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Programs is responsible for supervising up to six programs directors; overseeing the development and implementation of curriculum, lesson planning and new program initiatives; and ensuring the upkeep of programmatic equipment and facilities. The position also involves representing Rocking the Boat in a range of external environments and requires regular evening and intermittent weekend work.


The Senior Director of Programs has five core areas of responsibility:

Program Development and Execution: Manage the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated suite of boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental education programs

• Oversee curriculum development, lesson planning, and implementation across all programs
• Work collaboratively to continuously improve existing programs and design and develop new program initiatives
• Coordinate individual participant recruitment in collaboration with the Senior Director of Youth Development, the Director of Communications, and direct service program staff
• Work with program directors to implement strategies to maintain active program enrollment and robust attendance
• Promote active use of the Remind participant and parent communication app
• Coordinate cross-programmatic events and activities such as family nights, off-site day and overnight trips, and end-of-semester celebrations with the Director of Youth Development
• Maintain data in a Salesforce database to assess the success of programs
• Use data to measure success internally and identify strategies for continuous improvement
• Synthesize statistics and generate reports for external communication
• Set daily, weekly, and seasonal programmatic priorities and related activities


Budget Management and Development Support: Knowledgeably contribute to control over program expenses and content
• Work with Program Directors to draft annual program budgets and review quarterly budget vs. actual statements
• Work with staff to manage spending on restricted grants
• Administer monthly credit card spend of program staff
• Serve as a bridge between development and program staff, helping to provide content for proposals, reports, and marketing materials


Staff Supervision and Development: Ensure that a highly qualified staff successfully fulfills the organization’s mission
• Supervise up to six Program Directors, offering regular guidance and evaluation at both a team and individual level
• Hire and retain a highly qualified team of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing educators
• Onboard and train new staff; offboard outgoing staff


Equipment and Safety Management: Certify that the necessary tools are in place to facilitate safe and successful programming
• Ensure that Program Directors effectively maintain all program-related equipment including all rowing, sailing, and power boats, environmental science equipment, camping gear, and woodworking tools
• Update end enforce Rocking the Boat Safety Protocols
• Support Program Directors in securing any necessary city or state permits


Community Relations: Represent Rocking the Boat consistently and actively among relevant communities and affinity groups
• Represent Rocking the Boat at community meetings, events, and conferences
• Manage individual and group volunteer interest and placements in programs

This job description does not represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities of this position; other duties and unplanned activities may be required.


Strong candidates for the Senior Director of Programs position will have the following minimum qualifications and attributes:

• At least five years’ experience in nonprofit management and program development
• Track record of successfully leading and managing teams with a strong but flexible and creative leadership in educational/youth development environments
• Experience in cross organizational program design and development
• Working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
• Empowering direct reports to fulfill programmatic objectives while holding them accountable
• Administering programs in non-traditional or experiential education environments
• Developing and managing program budgets, including the allocation of restricted grant funds
• Collaborating with other organizations or schools
• Organizational planning and problem solving
• Database management
• Experience working with Development staff to provide statistical and anecdotal content for fundraising
• Management of equipment, facilities, or other physical infrastructure
• Sailing, wooden boatbuilding, and/or environmental education a plus


For more information about Rocking the Boat, please visit their website at https://rockingtheboat.org/


Other information:

• Anticipated salary range is $115,000 to $125,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus benefits. The benefits package includes health, dental, vision, a 401k with 6% employer match, and 38 days paid time off including official holidays (43 after 3 years).
• All Rocking the Boat employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to receive the full set of vaccinations prior to employment.
• This position holds their own desk in a private office in an accessible building. While the main building is fully accessible, some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders.
• This position involves on-site presence Monday to Friday with the opportunity for limited remote work.
• Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility at Rocking the Boat
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.


To Apply:
Rocking the Boat has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Noelle Minter, Senior Search Associate
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Email cover letter and resume to: nminter@harrisrand.com

Please include “Rocking the Boat – Senior Director of Programs” in the subject line of your emailed application.

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