Join Our Team!

Thank you for your interest in Boston Harbor Now.  We are an intentionally diverse workplace. We recognize that people bring their personal histories to work and that we make better decisions when we include a wide range of experiences and opinions.

Below are the current position(s) open at the organization:

  1. Policy Director
  2. Office Manager/Bookkeeper
  3. Content Manager
  4. Marketing and Communications Summer Fellowship (June – August)

Policy Director

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About Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor Now believes that the harbor belongs to and benefits everyone. We are committed to access, resilience, and the harbor’s role in the health of our region. We accomplish this by advocating, activating, planning, and developing a harbor that drives our quality of life and the prosperity of our region.

Boston Harbor Now works at the intersection of people and nature to advocate for open space, public infrastructure, and private sector development that will enhance public access to the Harbor and protect the City from the impacts of climate change. We seek to activate the Harbor, reconnect it with Boston’s neighborhoods, and protect water-dependent uses. And we build and broaden the constituency for the Harbor by engaging people through diverse programs—getting them down to the waterfront and out to the Harbor Islands.

The Opportunity

Boston Harbor Now has an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about great waterfront development, the public’s use of the waterfront, the processes and products of policy, and the development of economically viable climate-resilient waterfront for all. The Policy Director leads the development and implementation of policy initiatives at Boston Harbor Now working with the staff, the Policy and Planning Committee of the Board, and our public and private partners to develop a model 21st century waterfront.

The job demands strong interpersonal and communication skills, a diplomatic and balanced perspective, and the ability to negotiate successful solutions. Knowledge of best practices from around the country and around the globe is important. Applicants should have a proven strategic ability to identify unmet critical needs and implement solutions. Attention to detail and process is very important in this job. The Policy Director works at every level with a network of other harbor leaders and managers and must be able to manage a varied and demanding workload with deadlines. Areas of expertise should include harbor related laws and regulations at every level of government pertaining to waterfront development and waterways as well familiarity with the rapidly evolving understanding of climate change and the responses required to enable the development of a resilient waterfront. National, state, and city park policy are also important to understand.

Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  • The Policy Director is responsible for identifying strategic policy priorities and developing and managing work plans to achieve results
  • Works with the CEO and Planning Director to determine policy priorities and positions and support the Planning and Policy Committee
  • The Director then represents Boston Harbor Now internally and externally as a policy leader and expert on the Harbor
  • Manages the organization’s response to development proposals and policy initiatives, including drafting and circulating written regulatory comments and legislative testimony on behalf of the organization
  • Stay current with economic, legal, and political trends that affect the feasibility of Boston Harbor Now’s policy advocacy efforts and work with our staff and trustees to develop strategies that will lead to success
  • Support Boston Harbor Now’s Planning & Policy Committee and organize monthly public Harbor Use Forums

Communications and Advocacy

  • Organize and participates in public events that highlight and improve the policies needed to develop an accessible and resilient harbor that contributes to the health and prosperity of the Greater Boston Region
  • Provide oral testimony and written comments on waterfront development and policy proposals at every level of government, and provide other public statements as needed
  • Serve as key staff on all state, municipal, and federal waterfront policy issues that affect Boston’s waterfront, harbor, and islands, especially regarding waterfront development and public access (e.g., Chapter 91), climate preparedness (e.g., Article 25, Climate Ready Boston plans) and other relevant policy topics such as water transportation and Designated Port Areas
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with contacts in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including, the City of Boston, Boston Planning and Development Agency, Massachusetts DEP and CZM, Massport, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as waterfront developers, urban planners, academic scientists, water-dependent businesses, and a wide range of other waterfront stakeholders
  • Review relevant current and proposed waterfront development laws and regulations as they relate to Boston Harbor Now’s agenda (especially climate resilience) and help draft model statutory language to index them to a changing external environment
  • Write policy reports, briefing memos, talking points, and other substantive communications materials that explain and advocate Boston Harbor Now’s waterfront policy agenda through actionable and clear information for public consumption

Qualifications and Experience:

Job Requirements include

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in urban planning, waterfront policy or legislative, regulatory and/or political processes
  • Familiarity with providing regulatory analysis, including synthesizing and weighing research and making policy recommendations
  • Ability to write, present, and clearly communicate complex policy and/or regulatory issues to audiences and constituents of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience convening and working in partnership with other nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, work within tight deadlines, and prioritize work as necessary
  • Experience thinking strategically and developing and maintaining relationships that help achieve desired outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to impact public policy
  • Attention to detail and process
  • Comfortable working independently and collaboratively as a key member of a small, fast-paced team

Job Preferences include

  • Juris Doctorate or Masters in relevant field such as public policy or urban planning
  • Familiarity with municipal, state and federal regulations relevant to Boston’s waterfront and harbor. These might include a general working knowledge of the MEPA and NEPA process, MA CH 91,and Massachusetts Wetlands Regulations or similar processes, laws and regulations from other jurisdictions
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and WordPress

How to Apply

To apply please send your resume/CV and cover letter to employment@bostonharbornow.org for consideration. Please use the Subject line “Policy Director (your last name)” in your email.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Boston Harbor Now is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We aim to create a thriving and inclusive team that values all aspects and perspectives of each member.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package included.


Office Manager/Bookkeeper

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Boston Harbor Now is seeking an Office Manager / Bookkeeper to join our growing team. The
position will assist with our office operations and provide support to the Director of Finance.
This position will perform administrative functions including office management, overseeing
accounts receivables and accounts payable, time scheduling, supplies and vendor management,
and provide IT and phone support to staff, customers, and partners. This position will report to
the Director of Finance & Administration and work closely with the Business Operations
Specialist.

Our ideal candidate is a dedicated professional who is able to stay highly organized, multi-task,
and help improve systems and processes. This will be a full-time 40 hours/week position with
benefits. You will be required to work occasional evenings/weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Book calendar appointments and manage shared resources like rooms, conference call
    lines, and office equipment for all staff
  • Develop, review, and improve administrative systems, policies, and procedures
  • Maintain necessary supplies and ensure all equipment works properly and is well
    maintained
  • Plan, schedule, and distribute notices of office events, including meetings, conferences,
    interviews, orientations, and training sessions
  • Collect, organize, and record information with computers and filing systems
  • Answer general calls and emails and direct them to appropriate contacts
  • Other duties as assigned

Financial

    • Record accounts receivables/payables and vendor contacts in Quickbooks

Ensure all documentation is properly filed and all invoiced are accurately coded

  • Generate invoices for all revenue sources including foundations and federally funded
    grants and agreements
  • Regularly reconcile accounts with staff
  • Assist in monthly closings process and annual audits
  • Assist with other activities to support the accounting function as requested

Qualifications and Experience

  • Associates degree in Accounting required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years accounts payable and accounts receivables experience
  • Knowledge of accounting systems required; experience with Quickbooks and nonprofit
    accounting is a plus
  • Familiarity with system and process improvements, human resources, and customer
    service procedures
  • Exceptional organizational skills including time, task, and resource management skills
  • Demonstrated record of meeting deadlines, with strong organizational skills and
    attention to details. Ability to work well independently and strong communication skills
    to interact with coworkers, management, and outside vendors
  • Strong listening and follow-through skills
  • Excellent proficiency with MS Office, particularly Excel and Word, as well as Google Suite

About Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor Now believes that the harbor belongs to and benefits everyone. We are committed to access, resilience, and the harbor’s role in the health of our region. We accomplish this by advocating, activating, planning, and developing a harbor that drives our quality of life and the prosperity of our region.

Boston Harbor Now works at the intersection of people and nature to advocate for open space, public infrastructure, and private sector development that will enhance public access to the Harbor and protect the City from the impacts of climate change. We seek to activate the Harbor, reconnect it with Boston’s neighborhoods, and protect water-dependent uses. And we build and broaden the constituency for the Harbor by engaging people through diverse programs—getting them down to the waterfront and out to the Harbor Islands.

How to Apply

To apply please send your resume/CV and cover letter to employment@bostonharbornow.org
for consideration. Please use the Subject line “Office Manager/Bookkeeper Application (your
last name)” in your email.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Boston Harbor Now is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We aim to create a thriving and inclusive team that values all aspects and perspectives of each member.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package included.


Content Manager

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Boston Harbor Now is looking for a qualified Content Manager to join our growing team. You will be responsible for creating, improving, and maintaining content to achieve our organizational goals of championing public space, access, and climate resiliency of Boston Harbor, the Islands, and its neighborhoods. Your duties will also include sharing media-rich content to raise brand awareness, growing and motivating our audiences, and monitoring web traffic and metrics to identify ongoing engagement best practices.

Our ideal candidate is an experienced and passionate professional with demonstrable creative writing skills, attention to detail, and dedication to connecting with wide and diverse audiences. As a Content Manager, you should perform well under deadlines, be self-motivated, and (did we mention?) be incredibly detail-oriented. If you are also an expert in content optimization, brand consistency, and storytelling — we would like to meet you.

Ultimately, you should be able to oversee all communications and development content initiatives to ensure optimal audience engagement, brand consistency, and clarity of message. This is a contract position for an estimated 40 hours/week for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

  • Develop a content strategy aligned with short-term and long-term communication goals and marketing targets
  • Collaborate with marketing and development teams to plan and produce Boston Harbor Now’s websites (Boston Harbor Now, Boston Harbor Islands, Boston Harborwalk), social media, e-newsletter, event calendar, newspaper, and fundraising content like donor profiles, impact stories, and solicitations
  • Create and publish engaging content that is consistent with Boston Harbor Now’s and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park’s voice and branding
  • Edit, proofread and improve our content and materials
  • Liaise with content writers to ensure brand consistency
  • Optimize content according to SEO best practices
  • Use content management systems to analyze website traffic and users engagement metrics
  • Manage content distribution to online channels and social media platforms to increase web traffic, social media audience, and mailing list growth
  • Develop and manage our organizational editorial calendar and ensure the team is on board
  • Ensure compliance with the law and internal policies (e.g. copyright and data protection)
  • Stay up-to-date with developments and generate new ideas to draw audiences’ attention

Requirements

  • Proven work experience as a Content Manager
  • Experience with MS Office, Google Suite, and WordPress
  • Familiarity with MailChimp or similar email client platforms
  • Basic technical knowledge of HTML and web publishing
  • Knowledge of SEO and web traffic metrics (familiarity with Google Analytics and Adwords are pluses)
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organizational and time-management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Marketing, English, or relevant field or equivalent work experience

About Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor Now believes that the harbor belongs to and benefits everyone. We are committed to access, resilience, and the harbor’s role in the health of our region. We accomplish this by advocating, activating, planning, and developing a harbor that drives our quality of life and the prosperity of our region.

Boston Harbor Now works at the intersection of people and nature to advocate for open space, public infrastructure, and private sector development that will enhance public access to the Harbor and protect the City from the impacts of climate change. We seek to activate the Harbor, reconnect it with Boston’s neighborhoods, and protect water-dependent uses. And we build and broaden the constituency for the Harbor by engaging people through diverse programs—getting them down to the waterfront and out to the Harbor Islands.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and up to 5 writing samples (social media/blog posts, appeals, grants applications, newsletter copy, etc) as a single pdf attachment to employment@bostonharbornow.org and include “Content Manager” in the email subject line. Letters may be addressed to Christian Merfeld, Communications and Public Relations Director. No phone calls, please.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Boston Harbor Now is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We aim to create a thriving and inclusive team that values all aspects and perspectives of each member.


Marketing and Communications Summer Fellowship (June – August)

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Boston Harbor Now is seeking an engaged, highly motivated individual for a Summer Fellowship in Nonprofit Marketing and Communications. The position is specifically focused on marketing all aspects of Boston Harbor Now’s work on Boston’s waterfront and in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. The role will require social media management skills and digital content creation, which may include photography, videography, graphic design, and copywriting. Some support of community organizing, event planning, and other projects may be required in alignment with your interests and our needs. Boston Harbor Now offers our interns and fellows a professional work environment, mentoring, and support for job seekers. We also cover internship-related local travel expenses. Role will also require some surveying of waterfront visitors and may require some weekend and evening shifts.

Ideal candidates would exhibit

  • The ability to work both on a team and independently
  • Comfort and familiarity with basic social media platforms (FB, IG, Twitter, YouTube)
  • A nearly obsessive attention to detail
  • An affinity for writing witty copy
  • An eye for the perfect Instagram post
  • A desire to learn more about Boston Harbor and what makes it awesome.

Compensation: $4000 stipend

To apply: Send a cover letter, social media samples, and resume to Christian Merfeld at employment@bostonharbornow.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

Boston Harbor Now is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We aim to create a thriving and inclusive team that values all aspects and perspectives of each member.