Employment Opportunity: Senior Director, Campaigns & Communications | Oceana
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Senior Director, Campaigns & Communications

  • Location: Brussels
  • Reports to: Executive Director Europe


Oceana has a permanent position open for a Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications for our European region, where Oceana’s campaign teams are fighting to protect and restore the abundance of European seas. The Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications in Europe is responsible for leading the full integration of policy and advocacy, communications, research and science experts into focused campaign teams and achieving policy results in Europe.

Oceana is the world’s largest non-profit organisation dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Three distinctive features of Oceana are that we are focused only on the ocean; are a policy-campaign organisation; and operate as a combined international organisation.

Oceana Europe currently has offices in Madrid, Copenhagen, Brussels and London. This position will be based in Brussels.

Oceana campaigns to achieve important policy changes for ocean health. We are practical and results-oriented, with campaign goals defined as persuading a specified decision-maker to adopt a pre-defined, measurable policy change within a two- to four-year deadline. Our campaign teams include science, communications, and policy and advocacy experts.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading and implementing integrated campaigns:  Set ambitious and measurable policy goals; inspire and support fact-based advocacy; propose innovative and solution-based plans to accelerate and achieve campaign goals. Lead the full integration of the policy and advocacy, communications, and science experts to inspire and enable campaign advocacy and achievement;
  • Campaign planning and coordination: Coordinate effective planning and timelines across campaigns to optimise policy returns on investment (both staff capacity and financial) and propose adjustments as required throughout the year and as appropriate.
  • Team management:  Oversee and manage the campaign leaders and other cross-cutting functions. Ensure effective decision-making; inspire and motivate campaign leaders and teams; delegate effectively and set clear expectations for performance; make clear assignments of responsibility; provide effective feedback; and guide and coach staff (based in different locations in Europe);
  • Communication:  Communicate clearly with the public and stakeholders; work with allies; and make the case persuasively for policy change. Maximise the visibility and reach of Oceana’s work, ensuring that campaigns are increasingly accessible whilst furthering engagement to protect and restore the abundance of European seas;
  • Fundraising:  Support the Executive Director and Development team in securing significant new and ongoing financial resources for Oceana to sustain and grow our European presence and impact by contributing to proposal development and reporting; developing communication materials as well as engaging with current and new donors as appropriate.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide vision and direction to the planning, development and execution of Oceana’s campaigns, ensuring that each campaign has a comprehensive strategy and plan for achieving results using the tools of law, communications, advocacy and science;
  • Be responsible for and manage significant integration of functions and ensure coherence across different functional areas;
  • Lead the development and implementation of a strategic and action-oriented campaigning and communications agenda that promotes Oceana’s key messages in Europe and which is aligned with Oceana’s research, policy, fundraising and growth agendas;
  • Coordinate implementation of activities across campaigns and deploy capacity and financial resources effectively to achieve greatest conservation impact;
  • Respond to changes and new developments as they arise – using innovative and creative approaches to achieve campaign goals.  Adapt plans and reallocate staff and budget resources as may be necessary and within agreed parameters;
  • Represent the organisation externally and in the media as appropriate, raising public awareness, and broadening Oceana’s reputation with decision-makers, and other key constituencies; 
  • Develop and foster productive relationships with relevant stakeholders, including EU and government officials; NGO partners; media; donors; and the private sector;
  • Manage the annual campaigns budget and ensure appropriate resource allocation (both financial and staff capacity) across the campaigns and manage all operational aspects;
  • Provide effective support and performance management to the campaign leadership team and ensure the same is provided to campaign staff;
  • Motivate and develop staff and identify opportunities for improvement and growth. Hold self and staff responsible and accountable to expected outcomes and commitments. Promote and maintain a culture of high performance;
  • Provide regular updates and/or formal reports to the Executive Director for reporting back to Oceana’s Board, Executive Committee, and to donors regarding campaign performance against goals, commitments, and budgets.


Job Requirements:

  • Strategic campaigner and leader with demonstrated ability to achieve policy change in Europe;
  • Ideally, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to lead policy campaigns on the topic of ocean conservation. However, we will also consider relevant experience in advocating for policies on other conservation issues, or even issues other than conservation;
  • Extensive experience of strategic communications with a deep understanding of and capability in the fields of media relations, press/news, digital/social media, publications and information/knowledge management;
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others; building collaboration and cooperation within and across teams;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, advocacy and representational skills appropriate for diverse audiences and the media, including the ability to make and win arguments;
  • Demonstrated success in making impact in campaigning, affecting policies and decision making as a result of campaign activity;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure including the ability to cope with deadlines, multiple tasks, and competing demands;
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and in preferably one or more additional languages;
  • Eligibility to work in Europe.


Education and work experience:

  • 10+ years of professional experience devising and leading advocacy campaigns, including a solid track record of success;
  • Education in marine science, international or development policy, law, communications, social entrepreneurship, social justice or other relevant field; an advanced degree is preferred.


The above declarations are not intended to be an “all inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and are a reasonable representation of its activities.

Oceana is an equal opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers. We are actively committed to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Additional information

The closing date for applications is 12/09/2019, and the selection process will be following weeks from 16th September until the 30th September.

To apply for the post

Please send your cv to:  applicants-europe@oceana.org