Job opportunity with The Trustees of Reservations (New Bedford)

Superintendent, Alan C. Haskell Park – The Trustees of Reservations

TTOR recently acquired the site of the now-defunct Haskell nursery in New Bedford’s North End, and they’re looking to hire a superintendent who can plan for and manage its development into a park. Prospective candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area and experience recruiting and managing staff and volunteers. Full job description here.

June job opportunities

Three job opportunities have come our way this month. Please help our partners find the right addition to their teams by sharing widely!

1) New Bedford Community Connections Coalition seeks Administrative Assistant

This is a part-time (30 hours/week) position with NBCCC, which is affiliated with United Way of Greater New Bedford. “Under the direction and supervision of NBCCC’s Executive Director, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all administrative support functions and related office operations for New Bedford Community Connections Coalition and its initiatives.” All potential candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: by July 8. For more details, read the full job description here.

2) Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA seeks LifeWork Project Coordinator

We shared this opportunity in the past, but it’s important to note that the job description has since been revised. So if it didn’t look like a good fit then, look again!

“The LifeWork Project (LWP) is an innovative three-year pilot program … to be carried out by a community collaborative of service providers managed by the LifeWork Project Coordinator. Designed to assist up to 130 women to reach their goals of education, career mobility, and economic independence, the program combines participant-driven supportive services and coaching, mentoring, and cash incentives to lead families to obtaining self-sufficient wages and assets.” More information is available at this link.

3) Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA seeks Executive Director

The Women’s Fund is also hiring an Executive Director. “The Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation is responsible for overseeing and managing all activities, staff and volunteers in the work of raising money to fund programs that will advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls. The Executive Director will focus on building and enriching an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion guided by the vision, mission and strategic plan of the organization. The ability to refine, expand, implement and evaluate strategic and successful resource development is critical to this position.” Learn more about the position and how to apply at this link.

Job opportunity: small business outreach & technical assistance coordinator

Via New Bedford’s Community Economic Development Center:

“The Community Economic Development Center (CEDC), a non-profit orgainization, is seeking an energetic and dynamic person to coordinate activities that support and promote small businesses along Acushnet Ave. in the North End of the City of New Bedford.  Acushnet Ave. is a vibrant and diverse commercial district that is undergoing redesign and redevelopment. The Outreach and Technical Assistance Coordinator will engage local businesses in efforts to promote and the support joint activities to build a unified vision and voice for small businesses in the district. The coordinator will also provide individual technical assistance to these businesses.


  • Bilingual- Portuguese or Spanish
  • Creative and outgoing
  • A self-starter
  • Community-minded /volunteer or organizational experience
  • Small business experience
  • Ability to multi-task, manage several projects at once
  • Strong marketing experience, including social media
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office
  • Public speaking skills
  • Comfortable working with  people from diverse ethnic groups


Ongoing and frequent outreach to local businesses.

Convene regular meetings with merchants to identify issues and common projects.

Work one on one with businesses to secure permits and licenses and give guidance and referral on business development and technology issues.

Collect data for reporting and outcomes evaluation.

Manage a multi-media marketing campaign to promote Acushnet Ave. businesses.


This is a part-time position, 15- 20 hour a week. Some nights and weekend hours may be required. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by June 15, 2013 to

For more information about this position contact Corinn Williams (508) 979-4684.”

Women’s Fund hiring LifeWork coordinator

In our monthly project updates we’ve written about the Women Fund of Southeastern MA’s LifeWork program, an innovative model designed to enhance education, financial, and career outcomes for New Bedford women. The Urban Initiative is supporting LifeWork by designing and coordinating evaluation activities to ensure that key benchmarks are met and that participants are on track to reach program goals. And you can have the unique opportunity to support LifeWork too: the Women’s Fund is currently seeking a Program Coordinator! Here’s the full job description:

LifeWork Project Coordinator for three year pilot program

The LifeWork Project (LWP) is an innovative three-year pilot program initiated by the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts to be carried out by a community collaborative of service providers managed by the LifeWork Project Coordinator. Designed to assist up to 130 women to reach their goals of education, career mobility, and economic independence, the program combines participant-driven supportive services and coaching, mentoring, and cash incentives to lead families to obtaining self-sufficient wages and assets.

The Coordinator provides support to LWP participants in their journey toward self-sufficiency. Coordinator activities include, but are not limited to: outreach and recruitment; assisting with goal setting; coaching in self-sufficiency skills; referral to community partners; maintaining community partnership; data management and reporting; and the delivery of services consistent with program objectives and standards.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in a human-services related field preferred and two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in social services and/or project management, or some other equivalent combination of education and work experience.

HOURS AND PAY SCALE a. 24 Hours per week to start with possibility of increase in year two; b. Pay range is $20 $24 per hour

TO APPLY: Email to: Kfentress@ Or mail to: Kate Fentress, ED Women’s Fund, 63 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Job opportunities

A handful of local job postings have come our way in recent days, so here’s a synopsis of what’s out there if you or someone you know is looking:

1) Community organizer – United Interfaith Action, New Bedford/Fall River, MA

This is a full-time post that will involve working with congregations and leaders in both cities on campaigns related to issues like immigration reform, economic justice, civic engagement, and parent organizing. Read the full description here.

2) Family support advocate – Kennedy Donovan Center, New Bedford, MA

The Family Support Advocate provides services and service coordination for families and their children that support healthy outcomes and prevent child abuse and neglect, utilizing a team-based approach. This is a full-time position requiring a high school diploma and some travel. Bilingual applicants encouraged to apply. Read the full post here.

3) Park interpreter – Schooner Ernestina (via MA Department of Conservation and Recreation), New Bedford, MA

This full-time summer job involves introducing visitors to New Bedford’s Schooner Ernestina. Apply by May 7; instructions and details here.

Patrick Administration continues to show strong support for South Coast Rail

In big, bold text, the front page of last Friday’s Standard Times read, NO RAIL? NO SIGNATURE.  The article, Governor’s office demands South Coast Rail, quoted Lt. Gov. Tim Murray saying, “The governor will not sign a transportation financial plan unless funding for South Coast Rail is included,” adding that, “We’ve made investments in other parts of the state and it’s South Coast’s turn.”  Then, just this afternoon, the administration released its long-awaited transportation plan that includes a fully funded, 1.8 billion dollar South Coast Rail project.

While this may be the strongest commitment we’ve heard from the administration in quite some time, or perhaps ever, most of us can’t help but wonder if these promises, and similar pledges heard over the last twenty years, will ever become a reality.   Nonetheless, hopefully the administration’s efforts will help drive more positive conversation around this project.

I haven’t lived in the area for very long, but since moving here I’ve increasingly wondered why there isn’t more chatter among my peers- 25-35 yr. old working professionals- living in and around Fall River and New Bedford.  We represent an important and growing (albeit slow) demographic in the region that would likely benefit the most from commuter rail service.  I won’t speak for the many others in my situation, but I know that a true commitment to this project would be a major incentive for me to stay in the region when I finish grad school.

Job opportunities in Fall River

Catholic Social Services in Fall River, MA has full time job openings for a Program Manager and Case Manager at the Donovan House, as well as a part time Site Manager position of the Talbot Apartments.  Click here to view full job descriptions and how to apply.

Two opportunities from the YWCA of Southeastern MA

Our local YWCA has two opportunities they’ve asked us to share. First, they’re seeking a strategic plan facilitator who can help the organization develop a three-year plan to cover November 2012 through November 2015. Proposals from qualified facilitators will be accepted through April 20. Click here for the full RFP.

The second opportunity is an opening for a Development Manager. This part-time (18 hrs/week) position involves overseeing fundraising from individual and corporate donors as well as grant research and writing. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of development experience. Click here for the job description.

Love Buzzards Bay? Check out these job opportunities!

New Bedford-based Coalition for Buzzards Bay is seeking applications for two permanent, full-time positions as well as two part-time, seasonal jobs. Here’s the info straight from their website; click links below to find full-length job descriptions and learn how to apply!

Communications and Outreach Manager

The Buzzards Bay Coalition seeks an energetic and experienced communicator to tell the story of Buzzards Bay and its Watershed: About its ecology and communities, the threats it faces, and our work to protect and restore the Bay. The Communications and Outreach Manager will be responsible for telling this story in digital and print communications, through outreach at our learning centers, and in the community through media relations and outreach events and will be a key team member in the Education and Public Engagement department.

View the full job description.

Development Assistant

This position supports the Buzzards Bay Coalition in developing and maintaining positive relationships with a diverse mix of individual, foundation, and corporate members and donors. Participate in a fast-paced team environment, ensuring high-touch customized communications with constituents. Contribute to the success of multiple fundraising events, and a full spectrum of fundraising activities, by providing administrative and logistical support, maintaining database and record-keeping integrity, and producing highly personalized communications.

View the full job description.

Woods Hole Outreach Manager

The Woods Hole Outreach Manager is a seasonal summer position responsible for staffing and managing the Bay Coalition’s Outreach Office in the village of Woods Hole. This is an exciting opportunity to engage the public around our mission in the epicenter of marine research and education.

View the full job description.

Assistant Coordinator – Baywatchers Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Citizens Water Quality Monitoring Program- Assistant Coordinator is responsible for helping to coordinate its Baywide Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program- Baywatchers and additional watershed Natural Resource Monitoring programs (Stream Flow, Anadromous Fish, etc.). Responsibilities include assisting with the coordination and training of approximately 130 volunteers, water quality and natural resource monitoring, data entry and public outreach for the water quality monitoring program.

View the full job description.

Nonprofit job opportunities in New Bedford

There are two opportunities working with New Bedford nonprofit organizations.

1) The New Bedford Whaling Museum is seeking a Director of Finance.  The Director of Finance will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team and will ensure excellent leadership across the financial, administration, human resources, and plant operation functions.

2) ArtWorks! is looking for an energetic and experienced leader to take on the role of Executive Director.  Prospective candidate should have broad knowledge of the arts and community education; proven track record of successful fundraising; and the ability to develop collaborative, sustainable, and solution-based outcomes with the New Bedford community.