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Employment Opportunities at
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

TITLE:  Chief Executive Officer


The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association (the “Association”), a non-profit now into its seventh decade of operation, is seeking an enthusiastic Chief Executive Officer who will lead and direct the organization, and who will welcome the opportunity and challenge to actively participate in a stimulating assessment and selection of its future direction and strategic plans. 


The mission of the Association is to bring maritime history to life, through education and preservation. The Association has deep roots in San Francisco and has contributed much to the appreciation of the important role that the maritime world has played in the history and development of the Bay Area. Established in 1950 as the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association by a group of prominent civic leaders and private citizens, the Association is today the principal cooperating partner to the National Park Service’s unique San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (the “Maritime Park”).

Apart from its close relationship with the Maritime Park, the Association is also solely responsible for the stewardship and preservation of the National Historic Landmark WWII submarine, the USS Pampanito, berthed at Pier 45 in San Francisco.  This meticulously restored boat serves as a museum and a public memorial to those who have served in the U. S. Navy’s “silent service.”
In its current roles, the Association conducts maritime educational programs for thousands of school-age youth from all over Northern California.  It also works closely with the Maritime Park to achieve its preservation and interpretation objectives, by providing financial support, increasing public awareness and developing membership programs and events.  Employing a staff of just under 50 people, the Association operates with an annual budget of about $2 million.


Under the strategies and policies set by the Association’s Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer provides overall leadership and operational direction to the entire organization.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership and oversight to all functions of the Association, including program development, financial management, community and member relations, development, human resources, and organizational strategy.
  • Facilitating and participating in strategic planning with the support and participation of the Board of Trustees and senior Maritime Park staff. 
  • Ensuring the Association is operated on a sound financial basis. Overseeing the annual budgeting process and providing supervision so that programs and operations are administered and managed within budgets, and so that cash flows are maintained at levels sufficient to support all activities and obligations. 
  • Playing a major role in fundraising, pursuing an agenda of donor outreach and exceptional donor relations to increase the Association’s financial resources.
  • Serving as key spokesperson and advocate for the Association,  maintaining positive, ongoing relations with the Maritime Park, the Port of San Francisco, the public, the members of the Association and other maritime-related organizations.
  • Maintaining sound personnel practices in accordance with Association policies and federal, state and local law.  Attracting and retaining qualified staff, while seeking opportunities for staff development and individual growth.  
  • Encouraging an engaged and active Board of Trustees to support the work of the Association.  Providing adequate and timely information to the Board to effectively support and assist in its oversight role. Assisting in the identification, recruitment and retention of qualified and mission-focused Trustees.


An advanced degree in business administration, public administration or non-profit management is preferred.  At least five years of upper level management experience required, preferably in the non-profit world.  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills are essential and must be demonstrated through the interview process.  The candidate must be forward-looking, creative, energetic and able to work in a collaborative way with diverse constituencies. References will be required and verified along with background checks.


A salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.


Interested applicants should reply electronically to:

Submissions should include a resume and a cover letter (a statement of interest) that expresses why you are interested in the Chief Executive Officer position and what contributions you could make to the growth and prosperity of the Association.

The Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Other Positions Available:

TITLE: Internships, more information on internships.

TITLE: Age of Sail Instructor

SUMMARY:  Responsible for direct instruction of 25-35 students ages 9-13 while in the costume, character, and setting of a 1906 square rigged sailing vessel. Reports directly to the Age of Sail Program Manager.   Responsible for utilizing appropriate teaching skills and strategies to accomplish program goals, in a safe and professional manner.

PROGRAM GOALS: Overnight and 4 Hour “Living History” Field Trips aboard historic ships. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the California State Dept. of Education Frameworks for History – Social Science. Using the medium of role-playing and hands on activity, we create a cooperative learning environment for the students to develop the life skills of self-respect, respect for others, listening, and meaning of responsibility. The students should finish the program with a greater awareness of the role of history in their lives, and an appreciation of San Francisco’s maritime heritage.


  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the program’s characters in role play to dramatically and effectively engage the students and meet the goals and objectives of the program, as described in the staff training manual and teacher’s guides.
  • Assist the Program Manager in administration of the program by:
  • Willingness to perform all roles
  • Setting up/breaking down all programs
  • Maintaining equipment and areas of the ship used for the program
  • Identify maintenance problems
  • Available to work evenings and weekends
  • Communicate problems/needs of staff and/or participants
  • Anticipate and react to problems proactively
  • Understand and maintain all safety rules and standards;
  • Interact professionally and positively with colleagues (Maritime Park Association staff, NPS staff and volunteers) and members of the public;
  • Perform necessary first aid for illness or injury, if required, during program;
  • Demonstrate general understanding of California history, (specifically the Gold Rush era) and U.S. history (specifically the Industrial Revolution, the end of the “century of steam” and the beginning of the “century of electricity”).
  • By the end of the 90 day probation period, demonstrate a general knowledge of local maritime history, sail theory, and basic navigation. (This can be acquired through Park resources).
  • Other duties as requested by the Age of Sail Program Manager.


  • CPR/First Aid certifications are required by all staff
  • Instructors must pass a series of tests based on the program content, skills and safety regulations
  • Staff members may not work under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal. 
  • Staff members must always be in control of motor skills and exhibit clear judgment
  • Staff members must be ready to work (in costume and character) at the assigned start of the shift 


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or two-year attendance at a college or university and two years related experience and/or training.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be met to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk,
climb, bend, reach and use hands and fingers to handle and/or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee must have the ability to physically and emotionally handle, in a professional manner, possible strenuous conditions aboard the vessel due to foul weather or other unpredictable conditions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move between 25 - 35 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

100% outdoor environment aboard a historic and/or sailing vessel.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Salary:  $13/hr
Benefits:  Medical and Dental Insurance available for staff working more than 22.5 hrs/week.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Glenn Howe, Education Director:


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