Jamaica Pond Boathouse Manager/Front Desk

Job Description

The Site Director/Office Manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Jamaica Pond program. This individual reports to and will work closely with the Youth Program Director. He/She will act as Courageous’ primary liaison between the Courageous JP staff, the
Charlestown office staff, the City Parks Department and the members of the general public who also utilize the pond and boathouse outside of youth program hours.
Specific daily responsibilities include but are not be limited to: scheduling staff for daily, special programs, and lesson coverage; ensuring that lessons proceed on-time; planning and conducting weekly meetings with site staff; monitoring weather conditions; ensuring that the boats and grounds are tidy at the end of each day; opening and closing the site; checking in daily with the youth program director via telephone; maintaining a cash register and balance books; and assisting the youth program director in organization of materials and curricula for leadership and environmentally focused lessons.
The Spring Site Director is also strongly encouraged to lead efforts to further engage the Jamaica Pond community at our site, whether it be through developing new programs, increasing marketing efforts regarding lessons and racing nights, or maintaining physical or online community posting boards.


    • Background in educational or non-profit program management, specifically youth programs related to sailing or outdoor education
    • Strong preference for substantial sailing or general boating experience.  If applicant does not possess these skills from the outset they must be at least in physically strong condition (able to lift 50 lbs.), not be averse to working in inclement weather conditions, and have the capacity to learn quickly.
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Flexible thinker and problem-solver; willingness and ability to independently take initiative
    • An enthusiastic self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Ability to lead and support a team of high school and college-aged co-workers
    • Background in customer service and/or possession of strong communication skills
    • Outstanding references
    • Εnthusiasm for sailing, aquatic environments and working with youth
    • Highly organized, dependable and trustworthy; ultimately capable of being relied upon to oversee operations and take pride in this unique off-harbor satellite site and proudly represent Courageous and the Jamaica Pond Boathouse to the general public

Other considerations for this position:

    • Ability to stay on through August 31, 2013
    • Extra consideration given to U.S. Sailing Certified Level I Instructor, equivalent or more advanced sailing instruction or head instructor experience; ability and willingness to lead or teach sailing classes, but NOT REQUIRED.
    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Experience as an environmental educator; past education or interest in the fields of biology, environmental studies, geology, ecology, aquatic studies, or similar fields
    • Specific experience with experiential outdoor leadership education (NOLS, Outward Bound, etc.)
    • Familiarity with the theory and practice behind Youth Development, Leadership Training and/or high quality Out-of-School Time programming


Start Date

April 15, 2013

End Date

June 30, 2013 (w/possibility for extension to Aug or Nov 2013)


Hourly rate commensurate with experience


Full-time; Weekdays and/or Weekends; JP Operating Hours are 11 am to 7 pm daily



Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org


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