Policy and Advocacy Director

09 Jan, 2022


Policy and Advocacy Director

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston, MA

Position Summary

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Director with strong leadership skills and experience in government relations and communications, to join our hard-working 7-member team. The Policy and Advocacy Director will report to and work directly with the Executive Director to lead, manage and coordinate critical aspects of Save the Harbor’s advocacy, outreach, policy, government relations and communications:

·      Provide leadership in the development of policy and strategy for advocacy efforts.

·      Maintain and steward close working relationships with elected officials at all levels of government, staffers, partners, community leaders, corporate partners, Metropolitan Beaches Commissioners and Beaches Science Advisory Committee members.

·      Support the effort to build a committed constituency connected to the benefits of our $5 billion investment in the Boston Harbor cleanup.

·      Staff Commission hearings and Committee meetings, coordinate event logistics, and oversee completion of reports to the Commission and Committee.

·      Coordinate outreach, help identify priority focus areas and advance Save the Harbor’s policy agenda.

·      Represent Save the Harbor at external meetings and events.

·      Stay current on the continued development of the Boston Harbor Waterfront properties and resources.

·      Provide leadership in support of Save the Harbor’s communications, including preparation of reports and white papers in close consultation with Save the Harbor’s Executive Director and Development Director.

·      Prepare and provide leadership in the development of press releases and direct mail.

·      Coordinate education efforts and public processes targeted at stakeholders and decision makers in government and in the press.

The successful candidate will have worked in political campaigns, legislative and/or executive offices and/or consulting firms, be experienced in the legislative process, have passion for Save the Harbor’s mission and community, and be willing to make 3-year commitment to a job that could have future internal opportunities.


Desired Qualifications:

·      A keen interest in key issues facing the city, the region, the nation and the marine environment.

·      Proven relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders.

·      Excellent administrative, organizational, research, calendar management, computer, verbal, and written communications skills.

·      A commitment to anti-racist principles and racial, social and environmental justice and equity.

  • Demonstrated cultural competence and commitment to working with diverse populations.

·      Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years’ experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, public policy or political arenas, including government service at the state or municipal level, including political campaigns.

·      Strong initiative, problem solving and ability to prioritize without direct supervision.

·      Ability to enjoy the spectacular, urban natural resources in Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands and our region’s public beaches.

·      Interest in being a part of a collaborative, fun, and hard-working office environment with a focus on open communication and enthusiasm for our mission.

  • Superior people skills and sense of humor.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single PDF or Word document with your name in the file name to hr@savetheharbor.org.

Job posted: 2022-01-09