Job Opening: Communications Manager

LOCATION: Washington D.C.
DEPARTMENT: Communications
DURATION: Full-time

Learn More About the Department/Program:
Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit www.oceanconservancy.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Our organization is committed to working together with people and we celebrate diversity. You will be part of a smart, creative and fun team. Communications is a priority for Ocean Conservancy’s leadership and valued throughout our organization. You will report to the Director of Communications and have the opportunity to work closely with our teams on the ground from Alaska to Florida and in partnership with our Digital and Government Relations teams.

Learn More About the Position:
Ocean Conservancy is investing in a Communications team that will help start a new conversation about conservation – focusing on using inspiration, passion, creativity to tap into Americans’ shared values about the ocean and securing solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. We need an experienced communications strategist with a proven track record in creating and sustaining cross-media narratives, designing and running effective media campaigns, and delivering results. With a keen understanding for managing messaging and engaging diverse stakeholders and partners (including the private sector), our ideal candidate is nimble when faced with a crisis, able to quickly adapt strategies and leverage external opportunities. We are looking for an excellent writer with exceptional interpersonal skills who can produce clear, engaging content for a variety of platforms and Ocean Conservancy programs. Robust relationships with U.S. and international media, event management experience and proficiency in editing video and photos is highly desirable. Prior conservation experience is welcome but is not a requirement. Corporate communications or marketing experience highly preferred.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Create and deliver effective communications to help reach targeted audiences to deliver conservation wins

  • Grow Ocean Conservancy’s credibility and influence in key media markets including Washington D.C.

  • Work closely with Ocean Conservancy’s programs and development team to develop communications and marketing opportunities for cause marketing and corporate partnerships.

  • Increase Ocean Conservancy’s visibility through appropriate venues and events for thought leadership

  • Deliver high quality content and compelling, immersive stories to engage our key audiences

  • Serve as a trusted partner within the organization and a credible ambassador of our work externally.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven track record in securing long-lead media opportunities and responding quickly and effectively to breaking news. 

  • Exceptional journalist cultivation skills. Adept at writing engaging, relevant pitches. Must understand the news cycle and have a proven track record of working with journalists to meet their needs, resulting in coverage.

  • Adept at creating and executing multilayered strategies across multiple organizations and partners to advance a common goal.

  • Superior written and oral communication skills

  • Experience navigating crisis situations

  • Collaborative team player

  • Photo and video skills highly desirable

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing, media relations or television production


Ocean Conservancy offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Washington, D.C. 

If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities, along with your resume and salary expectations, to jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note “#17-05 – Communications Manager” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.



Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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