Youth Programs Supervisor

Reports to: Programs Manager
Hours: 40 hours/week
Type: Full-time, seasonal (March – October), hourly position (works on-site)
Salary: DOE

CWB seeks an experienced supervisor to take charge of the youth summer sailing and woodworking camps, field trip oversight, summer pond boat program and youth program development. This position runs from early-March through early-October, with an option to extend if funding is secured. This position supervises the Pond Boat Attendant (half-year, part time), as well as seasonal instructors and the field trip leader.

The Center for Wooden Boats is preparing to open its new Wagner Education Center in early 2018. With greatly expanded interior classroom spaces, there is an opportunity to grow youth programming beyond the current space constraints. This includes some ideas such as school-year woodworking camps, more and larger field trips, STEM/STEAM course development, partnerships with Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts, etc. The Youth Programs Supervisor will be responsibility for delivering the standard offering of summer camps and classes, as well as assisting in the strategy, curriculum development and planning of new youth programs in the Wagner Education Center. If the Youth Programs Supervisor can secure funding through these additional programs, the position may have an opportunity to be extended beyond October.

Youth Summer Camps:

  • Recruit, schedule and supervise youth woodworking lead instructors, sailing instructors, junior assistants, and substitutes.
  • Maintain lesson plans and emergency protocols.
  • Work with Waterfront Safety Manager to facilitate yearly training for seasonal sailing instructors.
  • Work with Lead Boatwright to oversee development of youth woodworking curriculum, ordering of supplies, and pre-season training and safety review.
  • Ensure all required information about youth program participants is acquired from parents, and delivered to instructors.
  • Provide radio backup for instructors during camps, acting as instructor or manager as needed.
  • Deliver sailing camps and provide on-the-dock supervision of programs at minimum 16 hours per week during the season.
  • Communicate with parents and resolve concerns.
  • Partner with youth organizations and schools to provide fall/spring sailing programs.
  • Adhere to Youth Programs Quality Initiative requirements in all camps; maintain sufficient records and staff evaluations.
  • Work with Program Manager to represent CWB at all US Sailing events and camp fairs.
  • Partner with youth organizations to advertise scholarships to ensure use of funding.

Field Trips

  • Work with the Field Trip Leader and Visitor Services Coordinator to ensure that field trips registration happens seamlessly
  • Review and update teacher packets and printed material
  • Schedule Field Trip Leader and assistants

Program Development

  • Work with Programs Manager to develop new curriculum and classes to hold in the Wagner Education Center
  • Review and update the current field trip curriculum
  • Seek new program partnerships with other organizations in the community

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, schedule supervise pond boat attendants, including pond boat parties.
  • Work with Programs Manager to draft and manage program budgets.
  • Assist with pond boat fleet maintenance as needed.
  • Assist in special events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated equivalent educational experience.
  • At least one year of experience managing youth and/or outdoor programs.
  • Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent 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.
  • US Sailing Instructor certification or ability to get before employment.
  • Familiarity with boating safety and powerboat operation.
  • Rescue and first aid training or ability to get before employment.


  • Deep experience with small boat sailing, sailing instruction, and small boat maintenance.
  • Formal training in non-profit management.
  • Familiarity with local maritime history.
  • Familiarity with the non-profit youth development community of the Seattle area.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to Position open until filled. The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer.

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