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Communications Director

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Washington, D.C.


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Jun 27, 2022

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Are you a public relations expert that wants to lead a highly productive team in delivering protections for the world’s oceans? Oceana is seeking a Communications Director to join its Global Marketing and Communications Team. Join our dedicated group of professionals who are 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 Communications Director reports to Oceana’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications and oversees a team of public relations experts that are responsible for both institutional and campaign communications. The Communications Team is ultimately responsible for driving the public messaging for Oceana’s campaigns around the world, increasing visibility for Oceana’s experts and brand, and helping the organization’s U.S. and international campaigns achieve their goals.


The Communications Director will work closely with the digital and creative teams in the Global Marketing and Communications Department to create and execute communications strategies that position Oceana as the leading non-profit working to protect and restore the world’s oceans in the United States and abroad, while also supporting the organization’s strategic initiatives and other efforts to target key audiences, including media, funders, supporters, and decision makers.


Candidates must be skilled at building, growing, and retaining teams that deliver results. They must also be extremely detail-oriented and possess strong written and verbal communications skills. They must thrive in a fast-paced environment that requires quick decision-making under pressure and strong multi-tasking skills. This position is based in Washington, D.C., and requires some domestic and international travel.


Strong candidates will have at least 10 years of communications experience, as well as at least five years of management experience. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.


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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.


Note: Oceana requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination against Covid. Accommodation for new hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may contact Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.

Beginning June 1, 2022, Oceana’s US offices will be open on a hybrid schedule. This schedule is mandatory 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.

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