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Policy Manager, Arctic Full-time

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Ocean Conservancy
Contact Name Recruitment
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Marine Ecology Jobs with Ocean Conservancy. 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.
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LOCATION: Portland, OR
REPORTS TO: Director, International Arctic
DURATION: Full-time

Learn More About the Department/Program:
Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic Programs are dynamic, multi-faceted initiatives focused on protecting the resilience of the Arctic Ocean. Ocean Conservancy plays a key leadership role in Arctic policy, working domestically in the U.S. and internationally at both the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization. Past accomplishments include securing an aggressive agenda for the upcoming U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and ensuring protections for the U.S. Arctic from international shipping and oil and gas development. We will continue this leadership role in 2015 by using our accreditation at the Arctic Council and International Maritime Organization to ensure that sustainable policies and protections are put in place in the circumpolar Arctic and by organizing the larger conservation community for maximum effective campaigning for circumpolar Arctic protections. The Policy Manager will work in concert with our team of professionals to ensure that domestic and international laws and policies are consistent with protecting the resilience of the Arctic Ocean through integrated management and the swift implementation of protective measures. Ocean Conservancy envisions a healthy and productive Arctic region that supports a resilient ocean ecosystem and vibrant coastal communities.

Primary Responsibilities:
The Policy Manager’s primary responsibility is advocating Ocean Conservancy's platform to protect the resilience of the Arctic Ocean. Day-to-day work involves close coordination with the Director of the International Arctic Program to analyze ongoing and emerging regional and circumpolar Arctic management issues, develop appropriate advocacy platforms that lead to integrated Arctic management and sustainable communities (including written and oral comments), and communicate Arctic conservation positions and priorities to both internal and external audiences. The Policy Manager will be expected to collaborate with a team of Ocean Conservancy experts, state, federal and foreign government officials, the news media, non-governmental organization colleagues, the academic community, industry groups, indigenous communities, and other stakeholders in the region to achieve program goals. Finally, the Policy Manager will assist with the development and management of work plans and budgets to ensure that our Arctic goals are achieved.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Policy Manager will secure integrated management and Arctic conservation by:

  • Working with a multi-disciplinary team of Ocean Conservancy experts to develop and implement strategies that achieve desired conservation outcomes.
  • Advocating Ocean Conservancy positions with diverse audiences including decision-makers, stakeholders, the media and the public through research, analysis, writing, testimony, position papers and reports.
  • Achieving Arctic program objectives through implementing and monitoring project work plans in line with available resources.
  • Maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with colleagues in government agencies, industry groups, scientific and academic communities, indigenous communities, and non-governmental organizations.
  • In consultation with Ocean Conservancy staff, informing Ocean Conservancy members, activists, funders and the public through press releases, newsletter articles, workshops, brochures, action alerts, media interviews and grant reports.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree preferred in marine biology, environmental science, environmental management, environmental policy, law or closely related field.
  • In-depth knowledge of wildlife management laws, systems and policies.
  • Five years or more of professional conservation, public policy, program management or other relevant experience.
  • Ability to effectively work within a team of experts and manage project work plans and budgets to secure meaningful results.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated advocacy skills and the ability to communicate complex scientific or technical concepts to policy and lay audiences (written samples may be requested).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the Arctic region preferred.

Other/Personal Characteristics:

  • A strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to execute our Arctic policy and advocacy work.
  • A high-level performer who remains attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Productive and focused to support accurate and timely analysis, advocacy, products, and positions.

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: jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note your name and "Box Number is #15-07" in the subject line.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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