Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: 40 hours/week
Type: Permanent, full-time, benefitted
Salary: $43-$48k annually, DOE


The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) seeks an experienced manager to take charge of the youth summer sailing and woodworking camps, field trips, summer pond boat program and youth program development. This position reports to the Executive Director and supervises all youth program employees, including seasonal instructors and field trip staff.

The Center for Wooden Boats opened its new Wagner Education Center in late 2018. With greatly expanded interior classroom spaces, there is an opportunity to grow youth programming beyond the previous space constraints. The programming strategy is under development and will include school-year woodworking camps, expanded field trips, STEM/STEAM course development, partnerships with youth organizations such as Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. The Youth Programs Manager will be responsible for overseeing the delivery the standard offering of CWB youth programs, as well as curriculum development, outreach and planning of new youth programs in the Wagner Education Center.


Youth Programs Management – 60% of Expected Responsibilities

  • Create and manage youth program budgets

  • Recruit, schedule and supervise youth woodworking instructors, sailing instructors, volunteer junior instructors, after care caretakers, field trip assistants and all other youth staff

  • Maintain lesson plans and emergency protocols.

  • Work with Waterfront Operations Manager to facilitate yearly training for seasonal sailing instructors.

  • Work with the Shop Manager 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 providing on-dock or on-the-water supervision as needed.

  • Communicate with parents and resolve concerns.

  • Adhere to Youth Programs Quality Initiative requirements in all camps; maintain sufficient records and staff evaluations.

  • Represent CWB at relevant US Sailing events and camp fairs.

  • Act as back-up instructor in case of absence or gaps in youth instruction staff.

Program Development and Outreach – 30% of Expected Responsibilities

  • 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

  • Promote availability of scholarships to ensure use of funding

  • Work with Development team to seek new grants and funding sources

  • Expand school year programming

  • Actively participate in the Programs Committee led by the CWB Board of Trustees

Additional Responsibilities – 10% of expected responsibilities

  • Recruit, schedule supervise pond boat attendants, including pond boat parties

  • Assist with youth fleet maintenance as needed

  • Assist in special events as needed

  • Coordinate on and off-site toy boat building events



  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated equivalent educational experience.

  • At least two years 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.

  • Familiarity with boating safety and powerboat operation.

  • Basic small boat sailing skills

  • Rescue and first aid training or ability to get before employment.

  • Serve as a mentor to interns, junior instructors and youth participating in job-skills related programs


  • Deep experience with small boat sailing, sailing instruction, and small boat maintenance.

  • Basic woodworking and shop skills

  • Formal training in non-profit management.

  • Familiarity with local maritime history.

  • Familiarity with the non-profit youth development community of the Seattle area.

  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification or ability to get before employment.

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