Boston Harbor Now Seeks Director of Policy to Advance Vision for Boston Waterfront

Boston Harbor Now has launched a search for a Director of Policy – a role that stands at the center of the organization’s work enhancing public access to the Harbor while protecting the region from the increasing risks and impacts of climate change.

The Director of Policy will lead the development and implementation of creative and effective policy initiatives at Boston Harbor Now. She or he will serve as a leading voice for the organization in advocating for an accessible and resilient waterfront in partnership with a diverse array of government, business, and advocacy stakeholders.

Since its creation in 2016 from the merger of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Boston Harbor Association, Boston Harbor Now has been uniquely positioned at the intersection of many of the most important land use, transportation, and economic development conversations happening on Boston Harbor.

Boston Harbor Now is contributing to the vision of a Harbor that contributes to the overall health and prosperity of Greater Boston.  In the last three years, Boston Harbor Now has:

  • Been a leading voice on waterfront development, promoting responsible planning that balances maritime and other uses while prioritizing inclusivity and climate resilience
  • Grown awareness of the Harbor and its contributions through the first Harbor For All Conference and aggressive communications strategy
  • Increased the public’s use of the waterfront– including developing, a mobile-friendly interactive web tool to help harbor visitors discover and navigate privately-owned public spaces along Boston’s 43-miles of accessible waterfront
  • Led new water transportation planning in the region – most recently releasing comprehensive business plans in partnership with MassDOT to create two new ferry routes in the Boston Harbor
  • Brought thousands of people to the Harbor and Islands through community cruises and an active array of other programming

“Boston Harbor Now’s Director of Policy will play a pivotal role in the future of the Boston waterfront, helping create a more accessible, resilient, and healthy harbor for all,” said Kathy Abbott, President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now. “Following the success of the Boston Harbor cleanup, we now face the 21st century challenge of climate change. Within this challenge lies enormous opportunities to reinvent our waterfront to enhance our quality of life and the regional economy.”

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About Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor Now works in partnership with others in the public, for profit, and non-profit sectors to plan, advocate and activate a thriving waterfront, harbor, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Boston Harbor Now’s comprehensive approach to the harbor prioritizes equitable public access through parks and open spaces including the Harborwalk; well-designed infrastructure and ferries; maritime industry and other marine-related economic drivers; mixed-use and mixed-income climate-resilient waterfront development; programming that promotes recreational and educational uses; and maintenance of the clean harbor.