Director of Education

May 2, 2023

Website Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Job Summary

Los Angeles Maritime Institute, now surpassing 30 years, is focused on delivering extraordinary and transformational programs for youth.  Our primary focus is on middle school students while also serving upper elementary, high school and college students.   LAMI serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.

In 2000, the TopSail Program had continued to demonstrate such notable success that LAMI began construction of two 110’ brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, which were designed and built specifically to address the educational needs of the program. At their launch in April of 2002, Mayor James Hahn and the City Council proclaimed these state-of-the-art tall ships and their youth crews “The Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles”.

Since its founding, more than 130,000 young people from throughout Southern California have had the opportunity to directly benefit from participation in hands-on learning experiences through the TopSail Youth Program. LAMI continues to give “real life” context to subjects like science, mathematics, engineering, history, and literature, and to raise awareness about environmental impacts to our oceans and local waters.

We seek a smart, professional individual who is passionate about our mission and eager to partner with the Executive Director and staff to lead and grow the organization’s education programs.  The position of Education Director provides an opportunity to work in a fun, casual and flexible work environment with a close-knit community of people.


Program Leadership:

Direct the implementation, refinement, creation and development of curriculum for all existing and new education programs
Update and respond to staff, teacher and student evaluation of programs
Act as a role model for staff
Develop, update and implement Program Manuals
Maintain our program’s alignment with evolving curriculum standards, educational best practices and customer feedback
Communication and Outreach for LAMI programs, mission and vision with community
Recruit schools to hit attendance and budget goals set by strategic plan
Attend relevant conferences, symposia, and other related events.
Cultivate relationships with teachers, schools and school districts
Build relationships/partnerships with complimentary organizations
Prepare monthly progress and program report for Executive Director

Administrative Duties:

Work with Director of Sales & Marketing to provide seamless bookings for Teacher/School Administration
Oversee management of program paperwork
Oversee management of program data surveys (pre and post sail and longitudinal data) and reporting


Budgeting and Fiscal Oversight:

Create and manage annual program budget; monitor all program expenses.
Schedule all education programs (including classroom visits)

In addition to any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Bachelors or Masters preferred: Education, Marine Biology, Maritime, or related field
3-5 years of staff management and leadership experience required
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to recruit, motivate and organize
Effective organization skills and ability to work independently
Excellent writing and proofreading skills, good phone presence
Positive outlook, strong work ethic and a sense of humor
Creative, resourceful and good at solving problems
Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
Proficiency with MS/Google Office Suite and Slack, preferred

Ability to lift and carry weights up to 20lbs
Ability to stand and sit for long periods and perform tasks that require bending, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, crouching, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and accessing small spaces on the boat
Ability to stare at a computer/monitor for long periods at a time
Ability to communicate effectively – including visual, auditory and tactile
Ability to work evenings, holidays, and weekends. Exposure to office conditions and outside inclement weather conditions including summer sun.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Regular, full-time/Exempt role
  • Full Benefits package and competitive salary

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