Youth Programs Manager

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a respected non-profit organization in Seattle and national leader in maritime education with a mission to provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved and passed along to future generations. CWB serves over 100,000 visitors every year at its locations at the south end of Lake Union in downtown Seattle, at the north end of Lake Union near Gas Works Park, and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

CWB seeks an experienced manager to take charge of the youth sailing, youth skills, field trip and pond boat programs. CWB’s youth sailing programs have growth rapidly in recent years, with the sailing program anticipated to double between 2014 and 2016. The sailing program will begin offering classes on Lake Washington for the first time in 2016, introducing two new operating sites. CWB has been fortunate to receive substantial donations aimed at providing scholarships to underserved youth, and the Youth Program Manager will be expected to reach out to new agencies and organizations to partner in using these funds most effectively.

CWB’s youth skills program have also been growing, offering a full summer of classes. The field trip program has begun to approach capacity during the busy season, but has opportunities to grow further in the quieter months. Both programs will benefit from the opening of the Wagner Education Center, and the Youth Programs Manager will play a key role in defining the services provided in the new facility.

This position supervises the Field Trip Coordinator, (year-round part-time position), the Pond Boat Attendant (half-year, part time), as well as seasonal sailing instructors and skills instructor.


Management and Delivery of Programs:
1. Youth Sailing (60%) – Responsible for building and managing a successful youth sailing program at Lake Union, Medina Beach Park and Newcastle Beach Park.

  • Ensure lessons are delivered in a safe, supportive, and professional manner in line with CWB
  • Youth Program Principles and Values.
  • Create evaluation tools for programs and staff.
  • Schedule classes and update online registration system.
  • Draft and manage program budget.
  • Promote and manage special classes with schools and other partners.
  • Work with communications staff to create collateral, update web and email tools, and implement a yearly marketing plan.
  • Communicate with parents and resolve concerns.
  • Coordinate with Adult & Family Program for safety boat availability.
  • Work in conjunction with boatshop staff for boat repair, inventory, and fleet maintenance.
  • Deliver programs on a regular basis as lead instructor and as needed.

2. Youth skills (20%) – Responsible for all aspects of managing a youth skills program that teaches basic woodworking, boatbuilding and other skills.

3. Field trips (15%) – Responsible for all aspects of managing CWB’s field trip program that targets schools, community organizations and agencies with the goal of refreshing and expanding the program.

4. Pond Boats (5%) – Responsible for managing all aspects of CWB’s fleet of Pirate pond boats, maintenance, and rental of those boats at the Lake Union Park boat pond, with a goal of expanding participation and rental income.

Recruitment and Training

  • Hire, train, and manage seasonal your programs staff including: Youth Sailing instructors, pond boat attendant, youth skills workshop instructors, and High School Program Assistants.
  • Work with staff in program areas to train and mentor youth.
  • Hire and supervise part-time field trip coordinator.

Youth Program Development

  • Establish new sailing program on Lake Washington.
  • Expand CWB’s ability to serve more youth, especially in the spring and fall programs.
  • Develop long-term plan for engaging teens who “graduate” from CWB’s youth sailing program.
  • Build and maintain partnership with youth service organizations, underserved youth, schools, and cultural institutions.
  • Develop programs that engage youth who have taken sailing lessons and create strategies to encourage registration in multiple programs.
  • Work with Executive Director to create a strategy for new and expanded programs to be offered in the Wagner Education Center.
  • Explore ways to expand the revenue potential of the pond boat fleet, including other locations.



  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated equivalent educational experience.
  • Five or more years of experience managing youth and/or outdoor programs.
  • Demonstrated organizational, management and budget skills.
  • Demonstrated verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably with children, families and young adults.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, train and supervise a strong team of instructors.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to CWB’s mission.

Strongly Preferred

  • Deep experience with small boat sailing, sailing instruction, and small boat maintenance.
  • Familiarity with boating safety and powerboat operation.
  • Rescue and first aid training.


  • Formal training in non-profit management.
  • Familiarity with local maritime history.
  • Familiarity with the non-profit youth development community of the Seattle area.

Compensation: permanent, salaried, benefits package
Schedule: Full-time. Schedule variable. Some weekend and evening work required.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and at least two professional references from the last three years as a single PDF file, with applicant’s name as the file name, to:

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