Salish Sea Expeditions Program Manager
Full Time, starting January 1970
Posted by: SV CARLYN (operated by Four Winds Camp, and NW Maritime Center) on September 22, 2021
Category: Executive/Management

JOB DESCRIPTION: Salish Sea Expeditions Program Manager
In 2019 Salish Sea Expeditions merged with the Northwest Maritime Center and while that transition was
put on pause to ride out the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are now looking forward to future
programming. The Program Manager will continue the work of program integration within the NWMC and
creatively adapt program development to the current day challenges. We are seeking a motivated and
detail-oriented Program Manager to manage programming, staff, and operational aspects of the Salish
Sea Expeditions boat and land-based programs.
In this role, you will work collaboratively with the Programs Team, Salish Sea Expeditions Program
Coordinator, and seasonal staff to create unforgettable experiences for our organization, school and district
partners and participants. You will support the development of our educational programs and seasonal
staff. To be successful, you thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, growth-oriented environment.

This authentic scientific research and boat-based program provides 2-5 day expeditions of oceanographic research, nautical science and seamanship aboard the 61-foot sailing research vessel, Carlyn. In this innovative “classroom” setting, students will conduct marine science research under the careful guidance of the Salish Sea Expeditions Captain and Crew.

Staff Leadership and Development:
 Recruit, hire, support, and inspire seasonal staff for spring and fall programming
 Work with Human Resources Manager to ensure all staff paperwork is current
 Design and lead and facilitation of staff training with support from Program Coordinator
 Supervise and manage seasonal staff, building a community and culture of support, growth, and
commitment to excellence
 Manage seasonal staff off-boarding and associated responsibilities
Program Implementation and Development:
 Develop, update, and implement Program Manuals
 Maintain Salish Sea Expeditions’ alignment with evolving curriculum standards and educational
best practices
 Organize and update science and educational tools and resources with support of the Program
 Update and respond to staff and student evaluation of programs
 Serve as on-call staff for programs in the event of emergency or staffing need
Outreach Work:
 Attend and table at relevant conferences, symposia, and other events.
 Cultivate relationships with teachers, schools and school districts to maintain and grow
participation in Salish Sea Expeditions programs
 Maintain and build relationships/partnerships with complementary organizations
Administrative and Logistical Duties:
 Oversee Program and Staff Schedules with regards to seasonal staff assignments, events,
vehicles, and Pre- and Post-Expedition Sessions
 Schedule marinas and moorage, as necessary for program schedule

 Attend staff meetings and check-ins
 Manage logistical, gear, and supply needs of the program along with the Program Coordinator
and Program Operations Coordinator (examples are camping and boat gear or trip food)
 Collaborate with the Facilities Manager to manage crew housing and vehicle logistics
 Provide necessary information for NWMC registrar for school registration, billing, invoices, and
insurance certificates.
 Prepare annual program report for Organizational Leadership and Board of Directors as needed
 Work with Program Coordinator and Seasonal staff to collect assessment data from programs
 Work with Communications department to promote Salish Sea Expeditions programs and vision
with the regional community; providing content for website, social media, and other e-news as
Program Risk Management:
 Support Risk Reduction & Crisis Management training and ensure adherence to all safety policies
 Ensure educators, staff and board are prepared for response
 Carry emergency phone and oversee daily check-in calls during program season
Finance and Development Support:
 Know what the budget is, track expenses, and make sure invoices and receipts are tracked in
collaboration with Education Program Managers and Finance Dept.
 Support Development department grant writing efforts with data, content, and budgets as
Other Duties as assigned, and:
 Port Captain
 Support for the Wooden Boat Festival & other events

 Experience working in a collaborative, growth-oriented environment
 Demonstrated skill at developing and managing effective program and people operational
 Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
 Creative, resourceful, and good at solving problems
 2+ years leadership and staff management experience
Salish Sea Expeditions Program Manager
431 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368 | 360.385.3628
 3+ years educator experience
 Must be comfortable with MS Office Suite and Google Suite
 First Aid & CPR Certified to be certified by start date
 Passion for the mission of Salish Sea Expeditions and the Northwest Maritime Center
 Enthusiasm for supporting and leading staff, balancing a culture of fun, creative, and silly, handson science and safety
 Experience with Inquiry-based science pedagogy applied to educational program development
 Experience in boat-based and/or experiential education
 Ability to pass a pre-employment background check and drug test
 Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by October 18, 2021 as per Proclamation 21-14.1

 Teaching experience in schools strongly preferred
 Advanced degree and/or certification in a related field, or equivalent experience
 Sail training, sailing, or boating experience desirable
 Knowledge of local community and area schools helpful

Required certifications:
License: None, Inland

Position is full-time year-round, 20 – 40 hours per week with seasonal variability
Offices are located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368
Reports to: Education Program Managers
Wage: $23 – $25 per hour non-exempt – DOQ
Benefits: Company paid Health, Dental, & Vision benefits + paid time off and holidays



Flag: United States of America
Rig: Yawl
Homeport: Orcas Island, WA
LOD: 61'
LWL: 52
Draft: 8'
Beam: 13' 3"
Rig height: 72'
Sail Area: 1450
Tons: 28
Hull: Wood Epoxy
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