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Executive Director

Please send your application by April 16th, 2023, to:
Specify “Application” in the subject line.
See bottom of Job Description for application details.

About Community Boat Project

Community Boat Project (CBP) was founded 30 years ago to provide experiential learning opportunities for young people. We are a small, impactful nonprofit organization looking for a passionate, skilled Executive Director to steer our organization through its next chapter of growth.

Our mission is to build a stronger community by giving youth job and life skills through adult mentorship. We offer free, experiential, accredited programs to teens and young adults living in Jefferson County.  

We offer three core high school  programs: Community Builders, Voyaging, and Into the Wild. Shelter from the Storm is a paid internship for 18 – 24 year olds.

In our Community Builders program, young people learn hands-on skills and cultivate the 21st century skills of critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. Of late, young people in this program have been building tiny houses for homeless people. We offer this program at our shop (located on the campus of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding) and on site at the local high schools. 

In our Voyaging program, high school students meet weekly during the school year to practice a wide range of maritime skills. This program culminates in a week-long maritime journey in early summer. In the Voyaging program, young people gain the skills they need to cruise safely or get a head start in a professional maritime career.

Into the Wild is our forest ecology program. Young people participate in day hikes into different ecosystems of the Olympic Peninsula. Into the Wild runs during the school year, and we offer a summer program as well.

Community Boat Project believes in the power of partnership and maintains ongoing collaborations with: the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Bayside Housing, Quilcene School District #48, Port Townsend School District #50, Chimacum School District #49, 4-H/WSU, WorkSource, Housing Solutions Network, Quimper Academy/Academy Northwest, Jefferson County Probation, 4-H/WSU and other organizations.

The Community Boat Project team includes five part-time staff members, 20 -25 adult mentors, paid interns and roughly 50 youth participants over the course of the year. We are governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. Our operating budget is approximately $150,000 a year. Major funding comes from foundations with additional support from individuals and local businesses. 

Executive Director Job Description

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the board of directors and has overall responsibility for Community Boat Project’s staff, operations, programs, partnerships and implementation of its mission. 


Community Connections and Program Development

  • Ensures that there is a shared vision for the direction of the organization that is reflected in a strategic plan
  • Actively builds community connections that support the work of CBP
  • Maintains positive relationships with all key partners 
  • Ensures that the program has adequate, safe and reliable work spaces
  • Partners with the Shop Boss on key program decisions
  • Ensures program excellence and safety for youth, staff and volunteers
  • Ensures that program evaluation is conducted on an ongoing basis
  • Ensures that the organization complies with all legal requirements and risk mitigation including business licenses, taxes, safety, insurance, photo releases etc.


  • Oversees all staffing and personnel in order to ensure high quality and effective programming
  • Creates and maintains a collaborative environment in which all staff are valued and have opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Supports the recruitment, orientation and retention of qualified employees and interns
  • Effectively manages and implements the organization’s personnel policies and procedures and assures that they conform to current laws and regulations
  • Conducts annual performance reviews with all staff members
  • Makes sure an annual volunteer check-in takes place and that volunteer appreciation events occur at points in the year

Fundraising + Communications 

  • Creates and implements an annual fund development plan
  • Researches and writes grants to support program and activities
  • Maintains positive relationships with all current foundation and corporate funders 
  • Creates cultivation, fundraising and stewardship opportunities for individual donors
  • Ensures that CBP is represented well and accurately in all communications and that website and social media presences are well maintained
  • Coordinates CBP’s marketing efforts and interacts with local press, as needed
  • Communicates confidently in a positive, respectful and courteous manner to potential donors, community service organizations, and public appearances

Board Relations and Board Development

  • Supports operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members of organizational activities and needs
  • In collaboration with Board officers, helps to prepare board meeting agendas and necessary documents for each board meeting
  • Works with the Board of Directors to ensure legal and ethical Non-Profit Governance
  • Assists in the recruitment of potential Board members and coordinates new board member orientations
  • Develops a strategic plan in conjunction with the Board and staff members
  • Serves as an ex officio member of select board committees
  • Participates in annual performance review conducted by the Board of Directors


  • Works with the Board Treasurer to develop the annual budget and regular financial statements
  • Works with Board and staff to assure adequate funding of programs and projects 
  • Supervises the bookkeeper
  • Works with Board Treasurer to decide when/if the organization needs an external audit, compilation or review
  • Ensures that payroll is well managed 
  • Ensures that an accurate cash flow statement is created monthly and reviewed by Board Treasurer and/or Board as a whole
  • Ensures that financial policies are in place and adhered to
  • Ensures that all taxes, licenses and annual reports are filed


The ED must be thoroughly committed to Community Boat Project’s mission and style. Candidates will be considered based on the range of their lived and learned experiences, professional background, and direct and transferable skills. Community Boat Project seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills. 

Required Qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated passion for inter-generational, experiential education
  • Previous management experience; track record of effective leadership and growing a nonprofit or similar organization
  • Excellence in people management
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience including strategy, a track record of having achieved increased financial support, grant writing and individual donor stewardship and retention
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and community building
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Experience in providing financial administration including developing and monitoring a budget and providing relevant reports to board and staff

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Appreciation for and/or skills in woodworking, house building, boat building, maritime skills and/or outdoor education
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • Action-oriented, collaborative, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative 
  • Passionate, positive, mission-driven, and a relationship builder
  • An active member of our local community

Compensation and Benefits

This is a .75 position (30 hours a week) with a salary of $45,000 (based on $60,000 full-time). Benefits include: 3 weeks paid vacation and use of the shop and vessels (based on experience).

Flexible start date between June 15th and September 1st, 2023

To Apply

To apply for this position please send a resume, three references, and a cover letter that explains:

  • How you are qualified to fulfill the requirements of the CBP Executive Director role (that’s not already outlined in your resume)
  • Why are you excited to work  with the Community Boat Project
  • How does this job complement your personal & professional goals

*please keep your cover letter to a maximum of 2 pages*

Please send your application by April 16th, 2023, to:
Specify “Application” in the subject line.