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2022-051 Director, Digital Engagement and Advocacy


Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.


The Director of Digital Engagement and Advocacy will report directly to the Senior Director of Digital Outreach and will be responsible for developing and managing social media, list growth and advocacy strategies to advance Ocean Conservancy’s conservation priorities and institutional brand awareness. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of creating compelling, effective digital engagement campaigns, with experience growing audiences, balancing multiple goals and successfully expanding to new channels and platforms. This person will be driving the social media and advocacy strategy to engage the different audiences on Ocean Conservancy’s platforms, and manage the online community by providing thoughtful and strategic oversight to audience engagement.


  • Strategy: Directs the overall strategy for digital engagement, including social media activities and digital advocacy as they relate to Ocean Conservancy’s programmatic priorities as well as branding, awareness and influencers. Develops and implements ‘per channel’ strategies. Uses past performance metrics to help inform forward movement, but isn’t afraid to try bold, innovative approaches.
  • Growth: Creates a roadmap for expanding the social media channels on which Ocean Conservancy is active and influential based on our program and institutional goals. Directs the digital advocacy team to oversee their growth planning and roadmap for mobile, email and advocacy campaigns. Closely monitors digital trends and provides strategic insight into expanding to new platforms.
  • Budget: Creates, manages and reports out on the digital budget as it pertains to social media and advocacy outreach.
  • Audience: Identifies new audiences and creates plans to reach out to and engage with them in meaningful ways. Incorporates and tests new avenues for audience growth. Stays on top of trends within the community, manages Ocean Conservancy measurement protocols and identifies areas and ways in which we can improve. Continually works to assess our audiences’ evolving needs and adapt our strategies, as needed.
  • Impact: Works and collaborates with Ocean Conservancy departments to optimize impact—this includes advocacy, fundraising, education, volunteers and grassroots efforts. Provides creative strategy to expanding CEO’s reach across her social platforms.
  • Management: Supervises at least two members of the Digital team. Manages at least one of Ocean Conservancy’s social media channels. Assesses team capacity and makes decisions about how to divide social media coverage management and program-digital leads internally.
  • Reporting: Leads the reporting for social media outreach and develops new areas for tracking and metrics. Reports out on a monthly basis in addition to ad-hoc reports for senior leaders within the organization. Directs the team that reports out on advocacy, mobile and email audience metrics.
  • Programs (ocean issue areas, for example climate or Arctic): Serves as the central liason for the digital-program teams. Directs the structure of digital-program leads. Creates guidelines and reporting for digital-program leads. Oversees development of digital contributions to program workplans, campaigns and emerging opportunities. Liaises and joins at least two program team meetings and is available to join other program meetings, as needed, to help advise and inform future program efforts. Shares and highlights program successes with the program teams. Teaches and explains the importance of social media outreach, as well as what messaging and outreach techniques are best for which platforms. Creates internal case studies to highlight and share successes to other program areas.
  • Production: Writes, produces and schedules social media posts, threads and reels. Stays on top of channel algorithms and advises changes to processes. Troubleshoots issues that arise.
  • Campaigns: Leads and collaborates on many of the Ocean Conservancy campaigns, including the International Coastal Cleanup, World Ocean Day, Giving Tuesday and more. Leads and collaborates on digital toolkits created for outside messengers, including Ocean Conservancy staff and board members, coalition partners, influencers, elected officials and more.
  • Influencers: Leads the exploration and implementation of influencer outreach to further reach and impact.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or environmental studies is preferred. +10 years of experience accepted.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing digital engagement with advocacy, congressional or political campaigns and/or nonprofit experience highly preferred.
  • Prior supervisory experience of at least 5 years is required.
  • At least 5 years’ of experience managing dynamic digital advocacy programs and leading on digital marketing strategy.
  • Experience using SaaS platforms such as Engaging Network.
  • Experience manipulating/updating and importing/exporting simple sets of data.
  • Hands-on experience in social media, email marketing and mobile messaging, from copywriting to production and execution.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, familiarity with AP style.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in Standard American English required.
  • Stellar project management skills and experience using project management software.
  • Thorough understanding of online communication, industry best practices and accessibility standards.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet tight deadlines and/or adapt to change.
  • Proficiency with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Microsoft Office, WordPress, Mac operating systems and mobile apps.
  • Ability to work well with a team and across teams.
  • Ability to work on one’s own with minimal direction
  • Ability to work collaboratively with supervisor, program leads and others in the organization.
  • Ability to manage projects and staffs through a Zoom platform.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. Salary minimum is $98,262; salary midpoint is $144,509. The midpoint represents the market rate for a position, and a fully experienced employee may be paid at this level. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s specialty skills, years of experience, location, and unique background.  We would welcome the opportunity to connect with potential candidates whose salary requirements may be outside of the expected hiring range.


If you think you’d be a great fit for the job and are interested in joining Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.


You will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status or submit to regular masking and testing as a condition of employment at Ocean Conservancy’s meetings, gatherings, and offices. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


Ocean Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We encourage applicants who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences to apply. A 100% match is not required. We want to support employees’ career growth and in return, our employees help Ocean Conservancy grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Washington, DC preferred; other locations considered: AK, CA, FL, MD, OR, TX, VA, WA, WV
  • Digital
Reports To
  • Senior Director, Digital
  • Full Time

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