Program Director - Boat Build

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive Salary commensurate with experience



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4500 Worth Street
Suite D1
United States


The Boat Build Program Director is the lead direct-service provider for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s Boat Build Program, a year-round out-of-school time (OST) apprenticeship in boat building and maritime arts for high-school-aged youth. The Boat Build Program Director reports directly to the Executive Director and ensures that the program accurately reflects the mission, vision and objectives of the organization.

Direct Service

  • Develop and facilitate daily programming for the Boat Build Program 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 Boat Build apprentices for the academic year program (36 seats) and summer WorkReady program (13 seats)
  • Facilitate boatbuilding/carpentry skill-building curriculum including: use of materials and tools, joinery skills, finish work
  • Organize and lead regular field trips and occasional overnights, including transporting students in the company van
  • Collaborate with apprentices and partner organizations in planning and executing youth-led showcase events at the culmination of each program season
  • Maintain safe and positive program culture in accordance with organizational practices and positive youth-development standards

Administrative Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and supervise Program Assistant
  • Manage budget for Boat Build program
  • Complete program assessments and evaluations as instructed by the Clinical Director and/or Executive Director
  • Maintain appropriate documentation of all activities as well as student and family interactions
  • Support agency leadership in telling the story of the program and its impact on students to organizational stakeholders
  • Recruit, train, and support program volunteers
  • Manage contracts and staff for fee-for service programs

Infrastructure and Facilities

  • Maintain Boat Build equipment and resources, including hand-tools, power tools, and shop equipment
  • Manage and maintain inventory of supplies for Boat Build program
  • Maintain boat shop for safety, utility, educational purposes
  • Maintain the organization’s fleet of vessels used by the Sailing and RiverGuide programs


·      Bachelor’s degree required

·      Expertise in traditional wooden-boat-building construction methods

·      Experience working with high-school-aged youth

·      Commitment to supporting positive youth development

·      Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

·      Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence

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

·      Strong administrative skills and attention to detail

·      Excellent time-management skills

·      Valid driver’s license

·      Successful completion of Pennsylvania child abuse and Federal FBI criminal clearances

·      Spanish speaking desired


Benefit package including: Medical, Dental, 401K, & PTO plan

Inclusion in weekly professional development and case conferencing 

Opportunity to work with incredibly committed and engaged staff team

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish Speaking Desired

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Amelia Hay, Program Coordinator at: