Communications Coordinator
Job Description
Save the Harbor is a dynamic Boston Harbor advocacy nonprofit organization made up of thousands of people from across the region. Save the Harbor led the effort to create the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and transformed South Boston’s beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in the United States. None of this would be possible without dedicated community members, partners, full- and part-time staff, and interns.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is seeking a Communications Coordinator to maintain our digital and social media presence, and assist in the communication to our stakeholders, program participants, and community members. This position is for a self-motivated individual with an interest in communications, content creation, social media, community engagement, and press.
Under the direction of the Director of Partnerships & Program Development, the Communications Coordinator will support the daily communications for the office.


● Manage Save the Harbor’s social media presence on all platforms by:

○ Reviewing social media analytics and creating plans to increase engagement and online presence

○ Engaging followers, partners, and sponsors on social media by sharing content, commenting, and interacting with posts

○ Scheduling social media ads

○ Responding to direct messages

○ Drafting a weekly content calendar

● Create eye-catching and brand appropriate content by:

○ Developing brand guidelines to be used across the organization to effectively convey the mission

○ Managing and creating all annual reports and event invites

○ Creating captions for all Save the Harbor videos

○ Editing photos and creating videos

○ Maintaining all design and updating copy across Save the Harbor websites

○ Supporting the management and content creation of the Photographer in Residence

○ Releasing regular community newsletters

● Increase and maintain Save the Harbor’s name recognition and community presence by:

○ Creating press releases that amplify Save the Harbor’s work

○ Drafting press strategies to optimize press mentions

○ Identifying opportunities to get Save the Harbor’s work in community papers by staying up to date with current stories and community interest

○ Maintaining the press page of the website and creating press clips

○ Organizing, updating and notifying all press contacts

○ Overseeing the strategic use of Constant Contact and our contact lists

Skills & Knowledge Desired – Minimum Entrance Requirements:

● Experience with social media and familiarity with traditional media

● Proficiency with digital design, specifically using Canva

● Ability to use social media scheduling platforms

● Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills

● Attention to detail and accuracy

● Ability to exercise good judgment and work on multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining attention to detail

● Dependability and flexibility

● Computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Google Docs

● Interest in nonprofit organizations and the mission of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

● Science background is not required, though an interest in science as it relates to Boston Harbor is a plus
● Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin and/or Cape Verdean Creole preferred, but not required.


● Position Timeline: Start Date – April 3

● Hours: 40 hours per week

● Some night and weekend event attendance may be required

● Hybrid – a mix of in person and virtual work (at least one day a week in person)
Salary and Benefits
Salary range for this position is $40,000-$55,000/year based on experience and qualifications, plus benefits including 100% health and dental insurance; vacation, personal, holiday and sick time; 401K retirement plan.
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 barry@savetheharbor.org and smith@savetheharbor.org

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals. We 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.

About Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay

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. Our mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

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:

·       Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Massachusetts Legislature, charged with improving quality and equitable access to 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 870 free Better Beaches events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket since 2008.

·       Connects over 35,000 youth and families each year with free Youth Environmental Education Programs that have introduced more than 260,000 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.

·       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.

For more information about Save the Harbor and our work, visit www.savetheharbor.org, and review our 2020 Youth and Beach Program Report.

Save the Harbor is committed to making Boston Harbor, the Islands, our beaches, and our programs inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible for everyone and anyone, knowing that racism and oppressive systems have prevented that from becoming a reality. Read our full values statement at www.savetheharbor.org/values