Senior Communications Manager
Do you want to work for a cause you’re passionate about? Are you a highly organized and proactive communications professional that wants to help Oceana’s U.S. campaigns deliver results? Oceana is seeking a senior communications manager to support its U.S. campaigns as a member of the Global Marketing and Communications department. Join our dedicated group of professionals that is working to protect marine wildlife, while also enhancing the capacity of the oceans to feed a growing population. Ocean conservation is not only critical to reducing the impacts of climate change but also to saving the livelihoods of fishers, their families, and their communities.
The senior communications manager is responsible for advancing Oceana’s U.S. campaigns through strategic communications. In the United States, Oceana’s campaigns include reducing plastics pollution, stopping the expansion of dirty and dangerous offshore drilling, increasing transparency at sea, promoting responsible fishing practices, and helping to protect sharks, whales, and other marine animals. The senior communications manager is also responsible for supporting the planning, coordination, and execution of high-profile strategic events and special projects.
In addition to providing communications counsel to these campaigns, the senior communications manager proactively identifies and manages the execution of strategic activities and tactics to influence decision makers and increase public awareness and engagement for the campaigns. This individual is responsible for end-to-end public relations management, managing initiatives through research, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This individual is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining successful relationships with media to secure placements for Oceana’s campaigns in top local, regional, national, and international media. To prepare experts for media interviews, the senior communications manager leads internal media trainings for campaign staff and is responsible for campaign message development.
The senior communications manager is also responsible for overseeing the creation and production of campaign materials — including project management of reports, which requires timeline and budget management — overseeing reviews, managing content creation for supporting materials, and promoting reports for maximum exposure through strategic channels, including earned, paid, and social media. This individual must create strategic messaging, translate scientific information into public-friendly materials, and strategize and develop various communications for targeted audiences and stakeholders (e.g., news media, government officials, donors, and the public).
Candidates must be able to manage competing priorities and thrive in a fast-paced environment that requires quick decision-making under pressure and strong multitasking skills. Candidates must have a superior attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communications skills. Ideal candidates must be problem-solvers and possess excellent customer service skills, as well as be extremely organized and responsive.
Strong candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, or related field; and eight years of public relations experience, with expertise in media relations, advertising, events, and project management; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fluency in Spanish is preferred. This position is based in Washington, D.C. Limited domestic or international travel is required.
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Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. We achieve measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Our campaigns extend to countries that, combined, govern nearly one-third of the world’s wild-caught fish, including Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the 27 countries in the European Union.
Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.
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Oceana’s US offices operate on a hybrid schedule and staff are required to work from their assigned office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. With agreement between the employee and their supervisor, the employee may work from home Monday and Friday.