About Brooklyn Boatworks
Harnessing the unique craft of wooden boatbuilding and maritime-centered exploration, we inspire young people to uncover the confidence, skills, and courage to chart pathways to their own success in and outside the classroom.
We teach and promote the values of learning by doing, teamwork, perseverance and craftsmanship. Brooklyn Boatworks promotes excellence by creating learning environments grounded in respect, support, and dignity for all students. We engage students virtually and in person, leading students through team-building and hands-on activities that explore and celebrate self & STEM-identity, design & creativity, and hands-on learning. Our current programming includes in-person programming with schools and community organizations, on-water programming, and on-going alumni programming.
Classroom Vision Statement
Within our community:
- Everyone participates - everyone has a voice, and we value the different ways that individuals contribute to the team.
- You are the driver of your own story - We meet students where they are and center their perspectives, experiences, and stories.
- Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge that the construct of race disproportionally affects people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color - We reflect, choose language, and take action to ensure that anti-Blackness is not perpetuated in our community.
- Everybody sweeps. Everybody builds. We believe that all girls, boys, women, men, and people of all gender identities are able to use tools, build, clean and organize.
- We respect LGBTQIA+ people and we use language and actions that are respectful of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
- We value one another no matter where we come from, whether we are from different homes, neighborhoods, countries and/or economic backgrounds.
- We are all leaders and learners, no matter our race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, class, learning style, age, abilities, or differences.
Position: Program Coordinator
- Do you thrive coordinating multiple projects & groups simultaneously?
- Are you passionate about your work in youth development & project-based learning?
- Do you have experience working directly with young people in New York City?
- Does the prospect of joining a small but mighty team fill you with enthusiasm?
If you answered yes to these four questions, you are a great candidate for this position! We are looking for a program coordinator who strengthen our team through their existing knowledge and experience and who is looking to grow in their career alongside our growing organization.
If you have experience working with young people and basic tool experience, we will train you in our boat-building curriculum.
Teaching – we are currently running indoor and outdoor in-person programming
Engage students in-person:
- Serve as instructor in 4-5 classrooms per school year
- Serve as a content & pedagogy expert instructor, teaching hands-on and STEM skills through wooden boat building, and mentoring new instructors
- Working with volunteers and/or a co-instructor to create a safe, nurturing, respectful, and academically rich learning environment
- Utilize assessment tools to ensure that students are meeting learning objectives
- Support individual students’ success in our program alongside school-based teacher-partners
- Carry out administrative duties related to classroom management including maintaining and updating a student roster
- Classroom / program setup and breakdown
- Ensures resources are in place to create a safe learning environment across program locations
- Manage paperwork and compile and review reports for classes/programs
- Provide weekly updates to supervisor on classes, attendance, progress, and needs
- Coordinate and collect program paperwork, permission slips, and rosters, following up with part-time staff and families as necessary.
- Coordinate program logistics such as completing inventory, ordering, organizing, and delivering all boat building and education supplies for schools as well as coordinating BKBW shop spaces
- Coordinate student outreach for program enrollment when applicable (e.g. alumni programming)
- Facilitate conversations with part-time staff around assessments, feedback, site visits, etc. in accordance with program goals and expectations.
- Provide input to ensure staff training meets the needs of the organization and the students we serve and conduct outreach to external trainers as needed.
- Collaborate with staff to ensure that program goals and student outcomes are being met in individual classrooms and organization wide.
- Regular update and problem-solving meetings with supervisor and staff.
- Serve as point of contact within schools and with program partners with whom you are working to maintain professional communication and relationships.
- Implement and provide input for program operational procedures.
- Using digital project management tools (e.g. Asana, Slack, Google Drive, etc.), document projects in a clear and concise manner.
- Management of volunteers and interns as needed.
- Additional duties as required.
- Strong teaching skills; A minimum of two years of experience instructing young people in a respectful and flexible manner, ideally in New York City schools
- 2+ years of program coordination experience, in a non-profit organization preferred
- Passion for working directly with young people in a hands-on/minds-on capacity
- Ability to manage and implement multiple project components simultaneously
- Eager & creative problem solver with a growth mindset
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Self-starter able to work autonomously as well as within a small team at a growing non-profit organization
- Experience following, improving, and scaffolding curriculum & lesson plans to meet student needs
- Basic understanding of childhood development, learning styles and needs
- Belief in Brooklyn Boatworks’ mission, vision, and values
- Desire to work as a team at a growing non-profit organization
- Native/Fluent Spanish speaker preferred
- Coordinating translation services as needed
- Ability and willingness to travel to different school locations within New York City
Brooklyn Boatworks strongly encourages people of color, women, and individuals from the many communities we serve to apply.