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Executive Director

The Shaw Fund for Mariners' Children provides short term assistance for families who make their living on the water. Funded through a bequest from Robert Gould Shaw in 1853, the Fund provides financial assistance, counseling, and referral services to families in economic distress due to illness, disability, or the death of the mariner. The Fund's Board of Directors seeks a motivated, capable leader to serve as Director. 

The Executive Director is responsible for the Fund's day-to-day operations, which take place in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. The Director supervises the Fund's local staff and provides direction for the Fund's work in each region. While experience in fishing or marine communities is not obligatory, the Director will need to be able to understand the unique needs of these communities and the Fund's specific role in meeting these needs. He or she must be a thoughtful steward of the Fund's resources and its status as a private operating foundation. In addition to responding to acute needs, the Director leads the Fund's efforts to assist in securing long-term economic stability for mariners and their families.

This less than part time position offers flexible hours that would allow for a private practice or a family-friendly schedule.  Over the course of the year, the hours are less than 20 hours per week but the Director needs to be available to respond to requests within 24 hours.  Existing office space or the ability to work from home is a plus.


  • Sets standards which meet the mission of the Fund as a private operating foundation.
  • Serves as the Public Representative of the Fund.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with mariner associations, human service agencies, vendors and other pertinent groups.
  • Maintains an awareness of national, state and local policies and resources which impact mariners.
  • Develops financial reports and statistical data.
  • Reviews all client assessments and approves dispositions. Distributes financial assistance.
  • Maintains documentation of direct services provided to clients.
  • Supervises staff; provides opportunities for staff development.
  • Maintains a caseload.
  • Performs administrative and clerical duties for the position.
  • Communicates with the Board of Directors and engages Board members to fulfill the Fund's mission.
  • Periodic travel to the three states serviced by the Fund including several meetings in Boston.

MSW with at least 5 years post graduate experience preferred. Other community occupations which provide assistance to individuals and families will be considered; requires an advanced degree and at least 5 years post graduate experience.

Responsive, self-motivated individual who is diligent about meeting the varied responsibilities of the Fund in a timely and appropriate manner.

Computer proficiency and a valid driver's license.

Resume and Cover letter by email or postal mail to:

Claire Tolias at

Executive Director
Shaw Fund for Mariners' Children
Post Office Box 403
Norwood, MA 02062