RiverGuides Program Director: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 9:51 am.


The RiverGuides Program Director is the lead direct-service provider for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s RiverGuides program, a year-round apprenticeship program in environmental sciences for high-school-aged youth focused on environmental exploration and community-outreach initiatives. The RiverGuides Program Director reports directly to the Clinical Director & Director of Operations (CDDO) and ensures that the RiverGuides program accurately reflects the mission and objectives of the organization.

Direct Service:

·        Develop and facilitate daily programming for the RiverGuides initiative during the academic year and 6-week summer session according to best practices in positive youth development, agency policy, and contractual obligations

·        Recruit and retain RiverGuides apprentices during year long program (22 seats) and Summer Sail Program (11 seats)

·        Foster opportunities for youth to engage in environmental restoration and conservation experiences

·        Collaborate with apprentices and partner organizations in planning and executing youth-led environmental education and community stewardship programs designed for adults, including,  but not limited to, Community Row and the current micro-plastics abatement project

·        Work with existing school partnerships to provide middle-school youth with afterschool environmental education opportunities

·        Maintain safe and positive program culture in accordance with organizational practices and positive youth development standards

Other Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities

·        Hire and manage a RiverGuides Program Assistant, including conducting and documenting weekly supervision and facilitating an annual employee review

·        Maintain appropriate documentation of all activities as well as student and/or family interactions

·        Manage program data and budget for RiverGuides program

·        Complete assessments and evaluations of apprentices according to instruction from CDDO

·        Support agency leadership in telling the story of program impact to stakeholders

·        Update and maintain database for GIS analysis

·        Participate actively in regular meetings:

o  Program Meeting

o  Case Conferencing

o  Supervision

o  Staff Meeting

o  Professional Development

o  Special Events Meetings

·        Organize and lead occasional field trips and overnight excursions, which may include transporting students in the company van

·        Other tasks as assigned

Infrastructure and Facilities

·        Maintain RiverGuides equipment and resources including: laboratory equipment, RiverGuides van, trailers, wooden vessels, and motor boats

·        Manage and maintain inventory of supplies for RiverGuides Program needs in line with program budget

·        Van maintenance: maintain the RiverGuides van registration, inspection, repairs, and safety kit

·        Trailer maintenance: maintain safety of road and boat trailers

·        Sea container: build-out and maintain sea container and safety equipment daily during summer months and organize safe storage of contents during winter months


·        Master’s degree in environmental science, natural or physical science, or related field

·       USCG License or certification, small boat certification (US Sailing or similar), or 3 years’ professional experience handling small craft

·        Experience working with high-school-aged youth

·        Experience in leadership positions with on-water programming

·        Commitment to supporting positive youth development

·        Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

·        Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to manage relationships with coworkers, supervisors, students, and families

·        Demonstrated understanding of the impact of social injustices on mental health and wellbeing of PWBF youth

·        Strong administrative skills and attention to detail

·        Valid drivers’ license

·        Successful completion of child abuse, FBI, and criminal clearances

·        Spanish-speaking desired

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory offers:

·        Salary commensurate with experience

·        Full benefits package including: Medical, Dental, 401k, PTO plan

·        Inclusion in weekly professional development training facilitated by licensed social worker

·        Active training in implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) best practices

·        Opportunity to work with incredibly committed and engaged staff team

Please email cover letters and resumes to Emma Bergman, LSW at: emma@woodenboatfactory.org

No calls please.

How To Apply

Minimum Education Required

Master’s degree

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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