Social Worker – Steps to Lead Coordinator

In by Abbie Doane-Simon

Courageous Sailing

Every child's perspective is improved fifty yards offshore.

Courageous Sailing:

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail, and enjoy the waterfront. We work at two locations in Boston: the Charlestown Navy Yard on Boston Harbor, and the Historic Jamaica Pond boathouse in Jamaica Plain. Our mission is to transform lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership. Working at Courageous is an opportunity to join a close-knit and diverse community committed to fostering a positive educational environment on and off the water. Courageous Staff receive paid training and professional development as well as recreational access to our fleet of boats which range from dinghies to mid-size keelboats and cruising boats. 

Courageous Sailing’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) utilizes sailing, STEM, and the marine environment as platforms for learning and social-emotional growth. Years of third-party evaluation confirm that Courageous programs help our kids (ages 8-18) strengthen leadership and other crucial life skills. They build confidence as sailors, swimmers, and learners and become informed, empowered stewards of their Boston Harbor environment.

Job Description The Steps to Lead Coordinator provides critical support and leadership around behavior management and the social-emotional supports our students need to thrive and participate equitably in our program. They play a key role in supporting student/family case management, risk management, and program logistics/administration. This includes coordinating on-land activities across the Summer Youth program, supporting on-water staff in program implementation, and communicating with parents and stakeholders. 

Dates/Time: This is a Full time summer position, 7:45 AM to 4 PM,  Monday through Friday. 

  • Senior Staff training week of June 17th (afternoons and weekends) 
  • All Staff Training June 24th-28th
  • Pre-Program Team Leader training July 1st-5th (No program July 4th) 
  • Swim Sail Science Program July 8th through August 9th 
  • Close-Out day August 12th



  • Provide case management for students, including attendance tracking, behavior management, and family communication. Coordinate with other staff including teachers and instructors to meet the individual needs of students. 
  • Track student attendance. Communicate with the parents of students regarding absences, daily logistics, behavioral or emotional needs, and injuries.
  • Respond to minor first-aid and behavior incidents among students and staff.
  • Open and close the site each day (7:45AM – 4PM). 
  • Manage the division of site resources between head instructors and their respective classes. Work with head sailing instructors to manage scheduling, space management, and emergency management. 
  • Assign chores and ensure they have been completed and the facility is clean and ready for other programs. 
  • Coordinate and help lead activities for days in which students cannot be on the water. 
  • Provide support to other coordinators in terms of communicating supply needs, and delivery of supplies.
  • Manage organization of physical front desk space, as well as associated digital/informational spaces.
  • Maintain attentiveness on multiple platforms, especially during times of incoming weather or emergency.
  • Maintain an injury log and ensure all incident reports are completed and delivered to the Youth Program Director in a timely fashion.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of staff training.
  • Remain up to date on what roles and responsibilities you may take on in the event of an emergency and review the EAP with a direct supervisor. 
  • Communicate and coordinate with the Youth Program Director and Site Director about program needs and plans. 
  • Oversee distribution of breakfast and lunch daily. 

Education and Instruction:

  • Build rapport with and provide active and engaged supervision to students. 
  • Assist with implementation of Social Emotional Learning curriculum and activities. 


  • Attend all days of mandatory training and/or complete online training. 
  • Be proactive and communicative. Provide clear, effective and timely communication with supervisors and staff. Ask questions if the scope or intention of work is unclear, express concerns when they come up, give feedback regularly to peers and supervisors, and help facilitate positive change. 

Safety and Risk Management: 

  • Comply with Courageous safety standards and policies on and off the water and teach participants how to do the same. 
  • Model safe, respectful, and responsible behavior to participants and peers at all times. 
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision-making. Treat safety as the highest priority. 
  • Leave Courageous better than you found it. Treat Courageous property with respect. Maintain the cleanliness and functionality of workspace and tools.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

  • Cultivate a kind and inclusive community where everyone at Courageous can feel like they belong. 
  • Engage and facilitate conversations with staff and students around difficult topics, e.g. race and gender, as needed


At Courageous Sailing, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Certifications (Preferred) 

  • Social Work License (LCSW or above) or pursuing licensure or degree. 
    • Compensations varies based on licensure and youth development experience 


  • Can work effectively with a wide variety of age groups and populations from diverse backgrounds, role modeling inclusive behavior and building positive group culture
  • Able to meet different learning-style needs by varying teaching techniques
  • Able to communicate clearly, directly, and calmly at all times 
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback to and from peers, participants, and supervisors
  • Able to build rapport easily with participants and coworkers
  • Passionate about experiential education for youth from all backgrounds
  • Comfortable working outdoors, regardless of weather
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Willing to authorize a federal background check
  • Hold, or are willing to obtain before start date, current First Aid and CPR certification (Courageous Sailing hosts regular CPR/First Aid classes prior to the beginning of the season.)
  • Three professional or academic references


  • An interest in and/or experience with sailing and the marine environment


$28/Hour to $55/Hour depending on licensure and youth development experience 

To apply, send your resume/cover letter to Learn more about Courageous Sailing’s Summer Youth Programs at

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