Program Manager; Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Boston, MA)

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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs seeks a Program Manager to coordinate and implement all aspects of the organization’s work, including the Ocean Awareness Contest and related educational programming. The Program Manager will also provide administrative support to Founder and President Linda Cabot. Through effective organization, communications, and execution, the Program Manager will uphold the Contest’s reputation and promote Linda’s legacy as the Founder and President of Bow Seat.

This is a full-time position with an immediate start date. We are seeking a candidate who can make a 2+ year commitment and who lives in the Greater Boston area. While this is a primarily remote position, the ability to travel once it is safe to do so as well as to work occasionally on evenings and weekends are required. Bow Seat appreciates the diverse experiences and perspectives of people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourages these candidates to apply.


Program Administration

  • Support the President and Founder by conducting research; drafting emails, op-eds, and other communications; proofreading; and other tasks as requested
  • Update Contest materials based on annual environmental theme, build/update program webpages using WordPress, and set up submission and judging forms using OpenWater online software
  • Update/expand Resource Studio with relevant articles, media, and other educational content
  • Help plan, moderate, and/or host webinars, workshops, and other virtual and in-person educational programming
  • Implement and further develop comprehensive and inclusive outreach strategy to expand the reach of and participation in the Contest and related programming among students and educators
  • Coordinate and participate in Contest judging process: help secure new and returning judges, establish and monitor timelines, create tutorials, assign submissions, organize judging roundtables, and maintain ongoing communications with judges
  • Oversee Contest winners announcement activities, including student notifications, website and Gallery updates, public communications, etc.
  • Help develop participant surveys to assess program impact, strengths, and opportunities for improvement
  • Produce the annual Contest Yearbook
  • Draft various emails, newsletters, and blog posts
  • Maintain databases and files of participants, sponsors, submissions, student art prints, etc.

Community Engagement

  • Establish/nurture partnerships and Linda’s professional relationships—with a diverse and global community of youth, educators, organizations, and other collaborators in the arts, education, and environmental sectors—that support Bow Seat’s programming and mission
  • Seek out, participate in, and/or table at local and national events, such as education conferences and youth summits, to increase awareness of Bow Seat’s programming, showcase our students’ creative work, and network with leaders in relevant fields
  • Identify additional opportunities to showcase Bow Seat student work (art exhibitions, film screenings, publications, presentations, etc.) and support their implementation

Additional Support

  • Coordinate and schedule, create agendas, and take and circulate notes for team and external meetings
  • Update the website
  • Serve as the primary liaison for technology vendors
  • Provide general support for Bow Seat’s Future Blue Youth Council activities
  • Assist in the ideation and execution of other campaigns or strategies to help Bow Seat elevate our mission, programming, and body of student artwork
  • Perform other program-related or administrative duties, as assigned

Required Qualifications & Skills:

  • 2-4 years of professional experience in nonprofit program administration/management
  • Ability to approach the position with an educator lens (although direct education experience is not required)
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications and presentation skills, especially with diverse audiences and through multiple channels (on- and offline)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, Dropbox, WordPress, Mailchimp, and Zoom; savvy in learning new software, especially database management and customer relationship platforms
  • Highly organized, efficient, self-motivated and directed, with sharp attention to detail and conscientious follow-through
  • Ability to prioritize, lead, and execute multiple projects simultaneously in an independent, remote work setting
  • Strategic, creative, and proactive problem-solver
  • An innate, insatiable curiosity and desire to learn and grow
  • “Can do” attitude and positive spirit
  • Growth mindset that welcomes constructive feedback as a means of improvement
  • Flexible, with an all-hands-on-deck, team-centered approach (we’re a small crew!)
  • Approachable, sincere, and dependable colleague
  • Knowledge of current environmental issues; interest in marine science, environmental advocacy, arts education, youth leadership, or social justice a plus
  • Experience working with youth preferred
  • Strong commitment to Bow Seat’s mission


Full Details/Apply Here (will expire as position fills)