Job Opening: Communications Manager, Government Affairs

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 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 driving action and winning support among decision-makers and influencers in Washington D.C. With a passion for politics and a keen understanding of advocacy levers, our ideal candidate will be adept at not only planning and implementing long-term strategies but also skilled at leveraging external opportunities. We are looking for an excellent writer with a keen instinct for stories to engage media and sharp messaging to resonate with our supporters. Robust relationships with U.S. and international media, experience in leading advocacy campaigns and strong interpersonal skills are essential. Prior conservation experience is not. Congressional experience strongly preferred.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Create and deliver effective communications to help deliver conservation wins.

  • Proven track record in securing media 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.

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

  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience in program communications, media relations, campaigns and advocacy

  • Superior written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrable experience in using communications to secure policy support

  • Adept at creating and executing multilayered strategies

  • Exceptional success at pitching and placing media stories

  • A creative, collaborative team player 


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 “#17-06 – Communications Manager, Government Affairs” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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