Development Coordinator

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Boston, MA, US


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a dynamic non-profit working to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy. With offices on Boston Fish Pier overlooking Boston Harbor, Save the Harbor is the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region’s public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands.

Save the Harbor is seeking a Development Coordinator to join our hard-working 7-member team to coordinate our foundation fundraising and help us “Share the Harbor” with underserved youth and families region-wide. Our free Youth Environmental Education Program, Better Beaches Program and advocacy initiatives have made Save the Harbor the Boston Harbor Connection for youth and families in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull, helping to create a generation of Boston Harbor stewards who truly understand the value of our spectacular natural resources.

Position Summary

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is looking for a Development Coordinator with strong writing skills to coordinate our foundation fundraising and assist in our corporate fundraising work.

The Development Coordinator will work directly with our President, Vice President, and our Directory of Strategy and Communications to:

  • Manage grant submissions to our existing funders, help write new grants, and identify new foundation prospects for the organization.
  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers.
  • Oversee and maintain our foundation/donor/prospect database and calendar and coordinate timely thank you notes, annual appeals, and donor stewardship packages.
  • Help identify new corporate prospects and potential corporate sponsors for our popular events and programs, and make recommendations for approaching new potential donors; support our corporate fundraising efforts, which are focused on our successful annual fundraiser.

Required Qualifications

With a 30-year history, Save the Harbor has an extensive archive of grant development and research. We are seeking a creative candidate who can help identify new prospects and develop innovative directions to take our efforts in. The successful candidate will have 3-5 years experience in these or related areas, work well with others, and be extremely well organized with excellent writing skills and familiarity with excel and contact management software, as well as a working knowledge of, and practical experience with, foundation fundraising.

Because of the nature of our mission, interested candidates might also have an interest in youth development, environmental advocacy and marine science, as well as the ability and enthusiasm to represent Save the Harbor/Save the Bay in a variety of professional settings.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

Save the Harbor is an ambitious organization that has enjoyed tremendous success and earned the regard and friendship of a broad based constituency. Since 1986 we have been the region’s leading voice for clean water and the completion of the $5 billion Boston Harbor Clean-Up, which has transformed Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest harbors in the nation into a source of educational, recreational and economic opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents.

Though clean water and environmental advocacy remain at the core of our mission, since 2001 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has increasingly focused our attention on finding new ways to connect the nearly one million residents who live within half an hour of the coast, with the harbor, the beaches, and the islands. Today, Save the Harbor

  • Convenes and leads our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, which led the effort to transform the South Boston beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America and is working to improve water quality at King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester.
  • Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, charged with improving the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore.
  • Strengthens Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities by hosting and sponsoring 391 free Better Beaches events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket since 2008.
  • Is the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s underserved and low-income youth and their families, with free Youth Environmental Education Programs that have introduced more than 160,000 underserved and low-income young people to the spectacular harbor we have worked so hard to restore and protect since we began them in 2002.

How To Apply

[email protected]

To apply for this position, please email your resume, a cover letter, and a grant writing sample to [email protected]. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.

For more information about the organization, visit our website at

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, plus 401K and generous vacation time. Save the Harbor is ideally located overlooking Boston Harbor on the Fish Pier, and our 7-person staff cultivates a collaborative, fun, but hard-working office environment with a focus on open-communication and enthusiasm for our mission.