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Nov 11 / BARD CEP

Senior Manager, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning- Washington DC

Organization: Ocean Conservancy

Position Title: Senior Manager, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Location: 1300 19th Street NW 8th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, US

Hours and Compensation: not listed

Application Deadline: not listed


Organization Overview

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.


The Senior Manager advances Ocean Conservancy’s campaign to support the National Ocean Policy with a particular focus on using coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) to protect, restore and maintain ecosystem health. With guidance and input from a Senior Policy Advisor, the Senior Manager develops and manages Ocean Conservancy’s CMSP program. The Senior Manager works with the CMSP team to develop and implement strategies to support federal funding for and regional implementation of the National Ocean Policy and to engage and cultivate stakeholders to support CMSP.  In this effort, the Senior Manager also represents Ocean Conservancy and coordinates with several working groups and coalitions to advance common goals.  S/he supervises CMSP team members and consultants, oversees logistics relating to internal program management (assisting in budget preparation, budget review and work planning) and assists the Senior Policy Advisor and Development team in ensuring continued funding for Ocean Conservancy’s CMSP program.  Finally, the Senior Manager plays a key role in working with the Government Relations and Communications teams to develop, coordinate and implement strategies to achieve program and organizational goals.


• Works with Senior Policy Advisor, CMSP team members, Government Relations and Marketing & Communications staff to develop and implement strategies to cultivate and deploy stakeholders, ensure federal funding for CMSP and advance regional implementation and durability of CMSP.
• Meets with agency officials, elected officials, industry and NGO stakeholders to garner support for CMSP and related policy initiatives.
• Identifies relevant meetings and conferences and attends to present information on and garner support for CMSP from  relevant stakeholders and the public.
• Represents Ocean Conservancy in working groups and coalitions engaged in supporting the National Ocean Policy and CMSP at the regional level, in Congress, with the administration and with stakeholders.
• Supervises development and implementation of Ocean Conservancy’s stakeholder engagement strategy.
• Supervises ongoing tracking of CMSP-related activities in priority states and regions.
• Supervises work and performance of CMSP team members and multiple outside consultants.
• Works with the Resource Development/Foundations team to ensure grant proposals and reports are completed in an accurate, compelling and timely manner.
• Tracks monthly financial statements and helps prepare annual budget.
• Works with other programs and departments to ensure that cross-cutting CMSP goals are advanced through all of Ocean Conservancy’s program areas.


  • Minimum of four years’ experience working with Congress, the federal government or state or local governments on marine environmental issues, marine spatial planning, land use planning or related issue areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse teams, integrate across disciplines and work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively about complex issues both in writing and verbally.
  • Working knowledge of advancing policy on the federal level preferred.
  • A high-level performer who thinks strategically and sees the big picture but remains attentive to details, deadlines and deliverables.
  • Ability to be flexible and work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with past success in leveraging collaborative efforts to effect change and build political will.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach; willing to take on a variety of tasks to further program goals and able to delegate effectively when appropriate.
  • A leadership and mentoring style that supports and rewards the growth of staff with talent, promise and commitment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required.


Advanced degree preferred in a relevant science or interdisciplinary specialty, management, planning, public policy or another field closely related to coastal and marine affairs or environmental protection.

How to Apply

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:  Note your name and “Senior Manager, CMSP – #1323 – IL” in the subject line.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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