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Vice President, External Affairs

Job Location

Silver Spring, MD


Type of Job



$110,000 to $120,000

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Published Date

Aug 20, 2021

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The Vice President (VP) for External Affairs is a new strategic leadership position at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation ("Foundation"). The VP for External Affairs will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer and be responsible for managing the Director of Strategic Communications, the Director of Development, the Director of Policy and Conservation, and the Directors for Monterey Bay, Gray's Reef, and Florida Keys chapters. In this role, the VP for External Affairs will help shape strategy, guide the Foundation's external relations policies and practices, and support the interests of the Board.


The VP for External Affairs should bring the capacity to leverage the Foundation's brand as a marine and Great Lakes conservation leader to raise significant public and private sector resources to support programs. In addition to providing internal leadership, the VP for External Affairs will expand the reach and influence of the Foundation through interactions with public, private, and philanthropic leaders. The VP for External Affairs should be an individual skilled at team-building and thrives on working with passionate leaders to invest in the Foundation's mission.


The VP for External Affairs will provide day-to-day oversight for the Development, Communications, and Conservation and Policy Departments and work with these departments to create an alignment among the key external affairs functions of the Foundation to cultivate solid and cooperative working relationships among the senior management team and the departments under each team member's purview. Because of the breadth of the overall External Affairs function, the VP must possess both a vision and an ability to analyze and synthesize complex information that supports the Foundation's strategic goals into specific short & long-term objectives.


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is committed to a culture of inclusion, equity, and belonging. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse staff. We honor experiences, perspectives, and unique identities, and welcome the contributions that you can bring to the dedicated team. With a diverse team of employees, we can grow and learn better together and achieve our mission to protect the health of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes for current and future generations.


APPLY HERE Applications received before September 10, 2021 will be preferred. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and at least three professional references.


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