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2023-124 Director of Ocean Justice (Climate & Plastics)


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


The Director of Ocean Justice will report to the Vice President of Conservation, Justice and Equity and will have primary responsibility for guiding the incorporation of justice & equity principles into our organization’s efforts in the realms of climate (including climate justice, climate resilience planning, climate infrastructure), plastics (including keeping plastic waste out of the ocean and plastics/petrochemical production), and fisheries. This includes supporting the Global Ghost Gear Initiative; our work to support the Vietnamese government’s national action plan on plastics, our growing body of work at the plastic-climate nexus, including efforts to stop petrochemical production facilities from being developed in vulnerable American communities; our work towards sustainable international fisheries compacts; and the policy goals we set to support these sectors of work.

The Director, along with the Vice President of Conservation, Justice & Equity, will serve as thought leaders and trusted guides to Ocean Conservancy on matters of global justice & equity. This role has the potential for significant impact and a meaningful leadership role in organization-wide integration of justice & equity.

To do so, the Director will coordinate with internal groups & departments (including Development, Government Relations, Climate Policy Team, the Fish Team, Science Team, Plastics Team, Global Ghost Gear Initiative, International Coastal Cleanup, and communications) to cultivate authentic, meaningful relationships with communities impacted by ocean and climate injustice, as well as with key government leaders & external stakeholders who work toward effective solutions.

The Director will also serve as a primary support to the Vice President of Conservation, Justice and Equity, on the finalization and implementation of our strategy to integrate justice and equity (J&E) into the overall conservation work of Ocean Conservancy; and will further collaborate with our Chief People and Culture Officer and our internal JEDI Task Force and senior leadership team to help establish a culture of best practices on building a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and collegial teammate who works effectively across culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse teams, and who brings a proven commitment to environmental conservation with direct experience in the environmental justice, marine/blue/ocean justice, social justice, grassroots organizing, and/or equity domains. This individual will have an active network of other experts in justice and equity.


20% — Strategic Planning

  • Support Ocean Conservancy’s efforts to integrally weave justice and equity into our strategic planning, and assist the Vice President with preparation for Board presentations and publication/public launch of our Ocean Justice strategy

40% — Internal Partnerships, Relationship-Building & Implementation Guidance

  • Collaborate with relevant Ocean Conservancy leadership to review and assess our current programs and outreach strategies through a justice and equity lens; offer recommendations rooted in experience, research, partner development and coalition building, and an in-depth understanding of environmental justice and social justice
  • Work with staff across programs and departments to incorporate justice and equity into the implementation of our climate, plastics, and fisheries work

20% — External Partnerships, Relationship-Building & Implementation Guidance

  • Identify and develop new partnerships with external stakeholders that are focused on environmental and social justice in the context of the ocean-climate nexus
  • Shepherd the Ocean Justice Advocacy Group toward a planned 2024 launch that affirms their independence from OC’s sponsorship

10% — Administrative, Supervisory & Organizational Responsibilities

  • Manage and mentor the Coordinator for Ocean Justice & Equity (to be hired after Director hire) and the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellow for the Justice40 Campaign
  • Manage discretionary budget and assist with quarterly reprojections of budget spend.
  • Other organizational responsibilities, as needed.

10% — Individual Professional Growth & Development

  • Engage in continued learning about Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, including annual required management + justice courses and/or trainings

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree + 10 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and years of experience with justice & equity in the context of environmental and ocean issues and ability to quickly become proficient in new issue areas
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Standard English, with proficiency in additional dialects (e.g. African American Vernacular English; Gullah English) or languages (e.g. Spanish; French; Mandarin or Cantonese; any Indigenous language) highly valued & appreciated
  • Proven record of experience forming and nurturing partnerships with cultural or ethnic minority communities, Indigenous communities, linguistically isolated communities, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged communities
  • Proven record of experience successfully collaborating with and/or leading diverse groups on matters of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the environmental or ocean domains
  • Experience in communicating complex ideas and conversations about racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender identities to broad audiences
  • Experience with national, state, and/or regional policy planning, strategy, or advocacy
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
  • Exceptional cultural competency and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience managing a program level budget


  • Equipped with a network that supports justice, equity and diversity in the environmental conservation and/or ocean conservation spaces
  • Experience with grassroots organizing and/or community-led conservation initiatives
  • Love of the ocean a plus.


  • No physical abilities required
  • Travel occasionally required within the United States, and rarely internationally (e.g. for COP meetings, UN meetings)

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.

  • Must reside in one of these states: AK, CA, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MT, NC, OR, TX, VA, WA, WV
  • Ocean Justice
Reports To
  • Vice President, Conservation Justice and Equity
  • Full Time

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