Alumni Social Work

Website Rocking the Boat

Organizational Background
Rocking the Boat began as a boatbuilding afterschool project for the high-need community of the South Bronx, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2001. Today, the organization, with an annual budget of $3,000,000, is a hub of youth development programming that serves nearly 4,000 community members annually. The mediums of boatbuilding, environmental science, and sailing are paired with social-emotional, academic, and career counselling by a team of licensed social workers to have profound and lasting impact on participants.

Position Summary
Rocking the Boat is seeking to hire an Alumni Social Worker to support the academic, social/emotional, and professional needs of the Rocking the Boat’s alumni community. This involves broad outreach and data collection to the hundreds strong Rocking the Boat alumni population, individual support for 50 to 75 alumni who are within six years out of high school, and the management of an Alumni Mentoring Program that supports graduates in their first two years out of high school. The Alumni Social Worker works among a team of four licensed social workers, supports various organizational events and programs with the Social Work team and reports to the Director of Social Work. This position requires some evening and weekend work.

Counseling: Provide individual social/emotional, academic, and professional support to all alumni within six years of high school graduation
• Provide short-term clinical services such as individual counseling and assisting in the development of short- and long-term personal goals
• Manage personal crises and make referrals to other supports when necessary
• Offer academic and professional support addressing college and technical school success and job readiness

Mentor Program: Administer a post-secondary support oriented mentoring program for graduates within their first two years post-high school
• In collaboration with the Job Skills Social Worker, annually recruit and introduce the new cohorts of between 5 and 15 mentors and mentees
• Organize and facilitate kick off, mid-year, and end-of-year mentor events for all mentor/mentee cohorts
• Conduct monthly check-ins with mentors, bimonthly check-ins with mentees and provide additional support as needed
• Meet with every second year mentor/mentee pair for check-ins

Events: Organize and host events for the alumni community and for joint events with current Youth Development Program participants
• In collaboration with the Job Skills Social Worker, coordinate an extended trip for juniors over February break to visit New York State schools and visit Rocking the Boat alumni
• Coordinate a summer Alumni Reunion
• Collaborate with the Job Skills Social Worker to coordinate an annual scholarship dinner
• Develop Professional Development workshops
• Collaborate with the Job Skills Social Worker on a Friendsgiving Talk-Back event for recent alumni and high school seniors
• Build and sustain connections with a network of colleges and post-secondary training organizations
• Recruit and organize alumni volunteers to assist with events planning

Alumni Community Outreach: Communicate with alumni en masse and individually
• Conduct surveys and host groups to assess alumni needs
• Manage the Rocking the Boat Alumni Facebook group
• Regularly notify alumni about resources and opportunities
• Assist individual alumni with FAFSA and TAP renewals
• Manage applications to the New York Community Trust and Hadley Greene Memorial scholarships; oversee Beyond the Boroughs, Rocking the Boat’s consultant managing scholarship distributions
• Coordinate the alumni elements of two annual fundraising events: the Pete and Toshi Seeger Alumni Award (spring) and Rocking Manhattan coxswains (fall)

Evaluation and Assessment: Help to document and contextualize the services Rocking the Boat provides
• Manage alumni records in Salesforce database
• Record all interactions in Salesforce database
• Provide Development staff with data and stories for reports and proposals
• Analyze data to assess programmatic impact and identify areas of need

• Registration as a Licensed Master or Clinical Social Worker (LMSW/LCSW)
• Minimum three years post-graduate work experience
• A strong commitment to youth development, social justice, and anti-racist practice
• Highly developed organizational skills and an ability to work independently
• Willingness to work in a non-traditional clinical setting
• SIFI certified or desire to become SIFI certified
• Excellent communications and database skills

• Spanish language skills
• Experience counseling youth on the college application and financial aid processes; knowledge of local New York City, regional, and national higher education systems
• Valid NYS driver’s license with a clean driving record

• Holds their own desk within a private office in an accessible building. While the main building is fully accessible, some entrances and spaces within the facility necessitate using stairs or ladders
• Opportunity to work remotely on a limited basis

Rocking the Boat offers
• Full-time, $55,000-$60,000 salaried position
• Generous paid time off
• Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) with employer match after first year
• Weekly supervision with opportunity to accrue hours toward LCSW licensure
• Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to youth development

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Rocking the Boat
Rocking the Boat is committed to creating an environment that promotes the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility of all applicants and employees. The organization strives not only to accept but to affirm and celebrate all identities. Race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, and veteran status are not barriers to employment at Rocking the Boat. Candidates should please feel welcome to communicate any special needs or requirements to be accommodated throughout the hiring process.

Please email cover letters and resumes to Xiomara Ayala at [email protected]

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