Clearwater acknowledges that the construct of race disproportionally affects Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color. We reflect and take action to ensure that we do not
perpetuate white supremacy. Clearwater respects LGBTQIA+ people; we use language
and actions that are respectful of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Clearwater celebrates and welcomes members of any race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, sexual orientation or identity, physical or mental ability, or age to apply.
The Program Director plans, implements and manages Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s
educational programs, and actively participates in strategic planning, grant development and
administration. Like all members of Clearwater’s staff, the Program Director is expected to
project the organization’s philosophy of care and concern for the environment when interacting
with the public and Clearwater volunteers. Work closely with the Executive Director as well as other Department Directors
(Environmental Action, Development, Marketing, Communications, Operations) to achieve institutional goals.
The position is full time (Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm) and typically based at Clearwater’s main office at 724 Wolcott
Avenue, Beacon, NY, but pending further notice most work will be done remotely. This position
is eligible for competitive medical, dental and vision plans.
● Oversee the in person and virtual offerings of Clearwater’s Programs Department, including:
age-appropriate classroom, field and sailing experiences, graduate courses and teacher
in-service workshops, Youth Empowerment Programs, public presentations, and educational
displays and outreach at shorefront festivals and other special events;
● Nurture relationships and explore partnerships with school districts and other institutions of
formal education as well as organizations providing non-formal education that addresses
river and riverfront community concerns by attending conferences, partner meetings, and
serving on appropriate advisory boards;
● Collaborate with the Environmental Action Department to incorporate Clearwater’s positions
on issues and policy in a manner appropriate to education program audiences;
Develop and implement education goals and objectives to ensure that Clearwater’s
programs are pedagogically effective, accurate in their content, and relevant to current
issues and understanding of the river and communities along its shores,;
● Establish program performance indicators and monitor success in meeting those metrics;
provide regular reports to senior management for use in strategic decision-making,
budgeting, and donor cultivation
● Collaborate with Development & other staff in identifying sources of grant
funding, and managing funded projects.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate education program staff and captains including review and approval of training and leave requests;
● Foster a culture that respects diversity, promotes teamwork.
Master's degree in a related field is preferred;
● Five years of experience teaching and managing education programs for youth audiences;
● Extensive experience working collaboratively and flexibly within an organization to carry out
functions such as team building, staff supervision, program development, fiscal
management, donor cultivation, and communications strategy;
● Experience working with colleagues and audiences of diverse cultural backgrounds, racial,
ethnic, and gender identities.
-Volunteer or professional experience in the environmental justice movement and a network
of relationships with movement activists and leaders;
-A sense of humor, humility, and the ability to maintain perspective in the face of uncertainty;
-The ability to sing and accompany oneself instrumentally;
-Willingness to commit to the position for a minimum of two years
Competence in use of common office software and IT;
● Familiarity with learning standards and regulations relevant to delivering education programs
in schools and other settings;
● Spanish/English bilingual ability is preferred.
About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., is a non-profit membership organization that for
over 50 years has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as a champion
of the Hudson River. As an organization, Clearwater inspires lifelong stewardship of the
Hudson and its watershed by connecting people of all ages with the living river. The
organization owns and operates the 106' Sloop Clearwater, recognized as America’s
Environmental Flagship, on the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Clearwater’s
unique approach to public outreach has made the sloop a symbol of grassroots action
through hands-on learning, activism, and celebration.