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Associate Director, Events and Outreach

Position Description

The Associate Director, Events and Outreach, is a pivotal member of our team whose responsibilities span departments and projects.  S/he will help envision and execute engagement opportunities that amplify the organization’s brand and build awareness of Ocean Conservancy and its work.

This position requires strong events management experience, superior project management skills, attention to detail and timelines, good communication and database skills, an understanding of organizational positioning and branding, and a strong track record of building donor and partner relationships. The ideal candidate has experience in client management and understands how to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and partners. S/he enjoys being part of an energetic and dynamic team, and has a passion for Ocean Conservancy’s programs and mission.


  • Envision and oversee a growing annual events platform and suite of engagement opportunities to maximize Ocean Conservancy’s donor, corporate, marketing and media partnerships, including: timelines, logistics and event production, design/collateral, outreach, vendor relations, guest management, and programs.
  • Collaborate with the Development and Communications (Marketing) teams to ensure the tone and focus of events are in keeping with Ocean Conservancy’s brand and mission.
  • Maximize existing internal (International Coastal Cleanup) and external (Our Ocean; Greenbiz; etc.) opportunities to effectively elevate Ocean Conservancy’s visibility.
  • Help build out suite of engagement opportunities for growing pipeline of donors and influencers in key communities that include Jeffersonian dinners, beach cleanups and site visits.
  • Work with Corporate Engagement team to maximize corporate partnerships and relevant marketing opportunities.
  • Travel nationally and internationally as need to attend and manage events. (Approximately 15-20%)
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.



  • At least five years of successful event planning and production experience including vendor management, venue selection, and invitation systems with nonprofit organizations.
  • Exceptional attention to budget and data detail, and a proven ability to develop and deliver events on time and on budget. Manage all income/expense reporting for each event and generate appropriate metrics and reports.
  • Strong project management skills coordinating multiple stakeholders and tasks and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work, take initiative, resolve problems, use discretion and diplomacy, follow through, and ensure objectives are met in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of various event platforms and current trends, with experience customizing events for a range of stakeholders and partners including VIP volunteers.
  • Experience with information systems and databases, and ability to ensure that all event data (attendees, volunteers, media, etc.) is appropriately tracked and managed.
  • Ability to develop compelling event content and programming, and to identify and mobilize speakers, volunteers and other key participants.
  • Ability to persuasively articulate Ocean Conservancy’s mission and program objectives, and to serve as an organizational spokesperson.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team as well as independently.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong donor-centric orientation and good customer service skills
  • Flexibility with work schedule as this position may require evening and weekend work.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required


Apply for the Position:  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 with your resume to: and note “Events Assoc Director #18-18” in the subject line.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Washington, DC
  • Development
Reports To
  • Vice President, Resource Development
  • Full Time

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