Office Management Specialist

The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. As stewards, Barr nurtures vital community assets. As catalysts, the Foundation advances breakthrough ideas to shape our collective future. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally and selectively engages nationally. We work in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. 

Founded in 1997, Barr has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed over $1 billion to charitable causes. With assets close to $3 billion, Barr’s 2022 grantmaking budget is $140 million. We focus our grantmaking on arts and creativity, climate, and education – complemented by grants to strengthen New England’s social sector and for targeted special initiatives. 

A set of core values defined by our founding trustees express our beliefs about what constitutes effective philanthropy and guide how the Barr Foundation carries out its mission. Barr is committed to strive for impact, act with humility, invest in leaders, take the long view, center racial equity, embrace risk, and demonstrate curiosity. These values also guide our hiring process and the workplace culture that we shape together. We aim to make Barr an inclusive workplace where all team members can bring their full and authentic selves and be supported to learn and grow.  

Barr embraces a hybrid workplace that seeks to balance time in the office and remote work. Located along the waterfront in Boston’s North End, Barr’s offices are in the historic Pilot House and adjacent Two Atlantic Avenue. Our walls and halls feature the work of living, contemporary artists, and the office space was redesigned to provide bright, open, flexible spaces for collaboration and independent work, and to host meetings and events. With expansive views of Boston Harbor, Barr is steps away from Boston’s “Freedom Trail” and near restaurants, shops, museums, parks, bike share and public transit. 

For more information about Barr, visit and @BarrFdn on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 


The Office Management Specialist will report to the Operations Manager and be responsible for supporting a well-functioning office space and facilities management in support of the Foundation’s mission.  Barr’s offices serve as both a workspace and as a meeting place for our partners—the Office Management Specialist will set a welcoming tone and work with staff, guests, and vendors to maintain and improve the office experience. This includes providing logistical, administrative, and general operational support including meeting the day-to-day needs of staff along with guests’ use of the Foundation’s meeting spaces. It is anticipated that this position will be primarily on-site while offering flexibility for some administrative and related work to be done remote/off-site. Ideally, this position will be on-site four days a week.

This role is envisioned for someone who is a natural executor and can get things done! You enjoy contributing to an organizations mission by supporting people in the spaces that they work.  You understand that successful organizations are made up of individuals and teams working in highly collaborative and productive ways and you contribute to this.  This role is for an individual who is motivated to join colleagues dedicated to using their talents as an integrated team to improve the world and who is comfortable with the onsite office facilities duties and administrative nature of this role.  




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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-10-18 09:49:43 -0400