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Manager, Board Relations


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 evidence-based, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.


The Manager, Board Relations is a key position within the Resource Development department and plays an important role in overseeing the day-to-day and overall operations of the Board of Directors, Board Emeriti and President’s Council portfolios. In conjunction with the Vice President of Resource Development and Director of Individual Philanthropy, this position helps create and execute Ocean Conservancy’s strategic vision for comprehensive and proactive engagement of these critical portfolios. This position will play a crucial role in the project management, administration and strategic direction of the organization’s board and leadership level priorities. This position reports to the Director of Individual Philanthropy and is part of Ocean Conservancy’s Board Relations team as well as the Individual Philanthropy team.


  • Manage key operational processes for board cultivation and engagement efforts, including annual board communication matrix, board pledge forms, board engagement calendar, individual board member network mapping, etc.
  • Manage key operational components of board network prospect development, including researching prospects, tracking key cultivation touch points, and facilitating opportunities for engagement and solicitation.
  • In partnership with the Executive Office, serve as the on-the-ground logistics manager for in-person board meetings, and related dinners and events including annual board retreat.
  • Travel to and staff all board meetings, events and excursions, including identifying potential venues, interviewing travel companies, arranging agendas and itineraries.
  • Manage the transition of board members to board emeritus members, including tracking board terms and end dates, executing the board exit process, honoring retiring board members, etc.
  • In partnership with the Vice President and Director of Individual Philanthropy, oversee Board Emeriti portfolio, facilitating the strategic stewardship, cultivation and solicitation of this key constituency group.
  • In partnership with the Director of Individual Philanthropy, manage key operational components of new Ocean Conservancy President’s Council.
  • Manage key aspects of all board-led/sponsored events in partnership with the Events and Individual Philanthropy teams.
  • Coordinate regularly with larger Board Relations team through monthly alignment meetings.
  • Help staff and support the Board Governance and Development committees.
  • Manage all data for board members and associated leads/prospects in Raisers Edge.


  • Minimum three years of project management experience, with executive/board-level management or major gifts portfolio management preferred.
  • Strong process/time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong written communication skills, including capacity to communicate on behalf of senior executives.
  • Superior attention to detail, including strong copy-editing skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with prospect research tools, Excel and funder databases (Raiser’s Edge experience a plus).
  • Ability to travel domestically (up to once per month once Ocean Conservancy’s COVID travel restrictions have lifted) and work flexible hours (i.e., occasional evenings and weekends).
  • Experience with special events planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • High level of initiative as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment; and
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation for the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.


If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.

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, D.C.
  • Resource Development
Reports To
  • Director, Individual Philanthropy
  • Full Time

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