About the organization

SailFuture operates a wraparound continuum of services for 14-22 year old youth in foster care in St. Petersburg, Florida. We take pride in our reputation as an innovative organization that brings thoughtful and effective solutions to a strained and broken foster care system.

Our continuum of services includes placement, case management, residential care, challenging sailing experiences, a private school, job training, and behavioral health services. All staff are trained to and expected to be engaged and fully integrated into all departments of the organization, regardless of their job title.

By working as a family to create family, we provide a seamless continuum of services that meet the complex needs of the children we serve.


SailFuture’s teacher should be a passionate educator committed to the academic, spiritual, and emotional growth of their students.

This person should be familiar with the unique emotional and academic challenges of youth who have experienced trauma, and should have a demonstrated track record of success or obvious passion to support these specific students.

A SailFuture teacher should have the ability to both motivate and connect with our students; relationships are the core of what we do. The teacher will teach both at our school in St. Petersburg, FL and on a sailboat navigating around the Caribbean and Central America.

- Teach 6-10 students Monday through Friday from 730am - 330pm at SailFuture’s private school
- Assess and record students’ progress and communicate daily and weekly with case manager, house parents, education director, and therapist on youth goals and progress
- Work in the SailFuture Group Home 1x / week
- Prepare individualized education plans that incorporate behavioral, academic, and post-secondary goals for each student
- Participate in one to three 45-day sailing journeys per year
- Provide differentiated instruction for a wide range of skills and abilities
- Teacher will have creative latitude in lesson planning/curriculum development; we are looking for people to challenge the traditional model and find the best fit for our youth
-More included on application website


- 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher
- 2 years experience teaching or working with teenage youth
- Florida teaching certificate not required upon hire, but will be required for continued employment.
- Team player committed to doing whatever it takes for youth in their care
- Excellent communicator and problem solver
- Passion for adventure
- Sailing experience a plus, but not required
- First Aid / CPR (provided by SailFuture, if not already certified)
- De-escalation tactics (provided by SailFuture)
- Behavior management (provided by SailFuture)
- Risk management (provided by SailFuture)
- Offshore sailing competency course (provided by SailFuture)
- Lifeguard certification (provided by SailFuture)


30,000 - 38,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Apply here: http://careers.sailfuture.org/contact
Please include resume and cover letter.

More about our agency below:

Map and blog of our 2,000nm sailing journey from Puerto Rico to Florida:

Facebook Page:

Tionne’s journey through foster care:

SailFuture History:

Recap of 3-month sailing journey:

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