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2022-055 Director of Internal Communications


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.


In this newly created position, the Director of Internal Communications will serve as a high-level staff member leading the strategic planning, execution and content creation for excellent internal communications. Requiring a flexible approach, the position will help identify annual priorities, support the development of a shared internal vision and promote organizational unity. Reporting to the Chief Brand and Communications Officer (with a through line to the CEO and executive leadership), the position will also support colleagues with other institutional and internal communications activities as necessary.


  • Develop and execute an annual internal communications strategy and plan to support annual organizational priorities with objectives to:
    • Deliver thoughtful and engaging internal communications content that presents a clear vision and plan for where Ocean Conservancy is headed, and that reinforce and reflect the values we hold as an organization.
    • Identify the most efficient and effective channels, vehicles and tactics for more interactive leadership and staff communications.
    • Increase internal staff engagement and an informed employee voice, including how to contribute to and provide input to organizational decisions.
    • Work directly with the Chief People and Culture Officer and Chief of Staff to set the tone for our organizational culture, with a strong foundation of trust, inclusivity and positivity, where all staff feel seen, heard, valued and supported.
    • Connect staff at all levels of the organization to facilitate cross-programmatic and departmental collaboration, open dialogue, empathy and feedback.
    • Increase access to administrative and operational information.
  • Ensure the CEO, Chief People and Culture Officer, Chief of Staff and other executive leadership is well supported to deliver excellent communications to staff.
    • Draft thought leadership pieces for Ocean Conservancy leadership to be shared internally, with occasional crossover with external audiences.
    • Create and maintain an internal communications editorial calendar and process, and ensure coordination with other communications coming from the CEO and other senior leadership.
    • Leverage internal communications to: support diversity (including race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, ability or other social identities, equity), inclusion, belonging, empathy and justice within Ocean Conservancy; foster a diversity of ideas and perspectives to advance Ocean Conservancy’s organizational goals and objectives.
    • Monitor external news, working internally with the leadership and communications teams on rapid response communications to staff and board as needed.
    • Support other institution-wide communications efforts as assigned.
    • Establish a system for measurement and evaluation of internal communications.
    • Manage budget for internal communications.
    • Manage contracts and contractors on internal communications.
    • Stay current on best practices and policies related to internal communications and integrate these in annual strategic work planning and ongoing management.


  • Seven years of professional experience, specific experience in internal communications creation and management. Experience in environment/marine conservation or policy advocacy a plus.
  • Experience in wide-ranging or cross-functional areas of nonprofit management, and an eagerness to learn new skills or competencies.
  • Exceptional cultural competency and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience in change management.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • Exceptional collaborative and flexible leadership skills who facilitates work effectively across diverse teams.
  • Ability to juggle many tasks simultaneously, manage details, take initiative, prioritize duties and follow through.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills in English; second languages especially Spanish highly appreciated.
  • Able to produce high quality work and exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to train, develop, manage, and lead professional and support staff.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
  • Ability to travel (including internationally) at least once per quarter.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of experience required in communications related field.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. Salary minimum is $115,566; salary midpoint is $144,509. 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 will be considered in the following states: AK, CA, FL, GA, MD, ME, MT, NC, OR, TX, VA, WA
  • Communications
Reports To
  • Chief Brand and Communications Officer
  • Full Time

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