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Vice President, Engagement

Company: Buzzards Bay Coalition

Buzzards Bay Coalition protects and restores the spectacular shoreline and waterways that support lifestyle, livelihoods and environmentsl health for the 20 communities surrounding the Bay in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through science, advocacy, land conservation and community engagement.

The Coalition has achieved astonishing results in its 30-year history.  Buzzards Bay is in good health relative to other East Coast water bodies, though many of the Bay's harbors and coves suffer from nitrogen pollution and loss of natural resources.  The coalition and its thousands of volunteers have helped achieve a pause in the decline of water quality by reducing, preserving critical watershed lands and mobilizing community engagement on behalf of this stunning Bay and its tributaries.

Many important initiatives are underway.  Membership has doubled to over 8,300 in recent years.  A $24Million capital campaign is ahead of schedule and there is significant, tangible progress toward achieving ambitious 2020 goals.

The new Vice President, Engagement has an exciting mandate.  As leader of all activities related to growing the participation and investment of people, the VP will take the coalition to new levels of community engagement, support and presence.  The VP will be a big-picture, frontline strategist and innovator with a growth mindset.  The VP will lead all aspects of fundraising and public outreach, with the compelling mandate to:  grow awareness and connection, engagement and Coalition membership; increase resources in support of Buzzards Bay Coalition's mission and work; make the Coalition THE source of information and outdoor programming; and inspire more people to connect with and support the Bay.

Buzzards Bay Coalition was founded in 1987 to be an independent voice on behalf of the Bay.  Today, it is a $2.5M organization who's work is structured around People, Land and Water. 


The Vice President, Engagement will be a visionary leader of revenue, relationships and marketing.  The VP will have a proven track record of growth and authentic passion for the Bay and the mission of the Coalition.  The VP role combines all aspects of fundraising and public outreach.  The Vice President will:

  • Be a big-picture leader and innovator.
  • Grow membership and connection to the Bay.
  • Be a frontline relationship builder and fundraiser.
  • Advance awareness of the Coalition as "The Source."
  • Manage people, the business and the strategic plan.

The Vice President, Engagement will report directly to the President and manage a staff of six full-time professionals including the Director of Membership, Communications Director, Event Manager, Development Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. 

The VP position is based at the Coalition's award-winning, green Buzzards Bay Center in New Bedford's Waterfront Historic District.  New Bedford is one hour from Boston and half an hour from Providence and Cape Cod.

This search is being conducted by BoardWalk Consulting.  A full leadership profile is available via the BoardWalk website (  For potential consideration or to suggest a prospect, please email appropriate materials to or call Patti Kish at (404) 420-5841.