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Vice President of Operations New Bedford, MA

The Buzzards Bay Coalition (The Coalition), a nonprofit organization headquartered in New Bedford, MA, dedicated to protecting and preserving Buzzards Bay, the Vineyard sound, and their watershed lands, seeks an experienced, accomplished, and mission-driven professional as their first Vice President of Operations (VPO). The VPO reports to the President, works closely with the Board and senior leadership team, and has five direct reports. They will be responsible for leading all operations functions for the Coalition: financial and investment management; human resources; government contract management; the maintenance and care of facilities across the region; marine operations; and overall office management.

The new VPO will join the Coalition at a moment of great possibility as the organization emerges from years of rapid growth and impressive success. In the last five years, the Coalition raised over $53M in a capital campaign, enabling the organization to expand programmatic offerings and facilities. The VPO will be responsible for bringing the financial, operational, human resources, and management capacities of the Coalition into alignment with the organization’s increased scale and complexity, representing an incredible opportunity to make a deep and lasting impact on the organization.

The successful candidate will possess a deep appreciation for the Coalition’s mission. They will be a strategic and operational leader with proven experience related to financial management, operations, human resources, facilities, and compliance. They will work closely with the President, the Board, and senior management team to develop and implement processes that increase efficiency and effectiveness, support programmatic endeavors, and align infrastructure and operational capacities with the Coalition’s strategic goals and ambitions. A familiarity with nonprofit management and finance, in addition to experience working with an engaged Board and volunteer base will be valuable. As the leader of all operations functions for the Coalition, the VPO will be an accessible and supportive manager, modeling a culture of creativity, flexibility, and shared accountability, motivating staff to provide a high level of service for departments across the organization.

All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm electronically below.

Dan Rodas is leading this search with Katy Ryan.


The Buzzards Bay Coalition is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or veteran status.


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