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2022-038 Ports Coordinator


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.


Our pursuit of Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) at OC has allowed us to realize an enormous opportunity to assist with environmental justice issues in port communities within the context of our Shipping and Arctic work. We are increasing partnerships and coordination with community groups as well as labor organizations and municipalities. Establishing good faith to bring more community members into the work is our priority.

The Ports Coordinator will report to the Associate Director, Shipping Emissions and with the support of the Ports and Infrastructure Manager have primary responsibility for coordinating and convening the four Port / Community Liaison. This individual will assemble the Liaisons on a routine basis and help collate information from each distinct region. The Coordinator will also provide support to the Manager and four Liaisons that are located coast to coast, while contributing to the team effort by accomplishing related goals as needed.

To do so, the Coordinator will facilitate meetings, provide calendar support, aid in the development and creation of informative presentations and/or videos and be a comfortable public speaker. This individual will be able to prioritize work flows and synchronize schedules to support the Shipping and Ports Justice work. In addition, they will be discerning and decisive in communicating with the Ports and Infrastructure Manager.

The ideal candidate will be a progressive and proactive teammate, who works effectively across culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse teams, and who is passionate about organizing and problem solving. They will be dedicated to ensuring that communication to and from each region is clear, simple and concise.

This position is based in Washington D.C. but will work remotely until CDC guidance changes.


  • Primary support to the Associate Director, Ports and Communities on the finalization and distribution of small grants.
  • Lead collaboration with the Ocean Justice Team on engaging with the community in a way that is mutually beneficially and influences positive environmental change.
  • Support Port Liaisons with meeting facilitation.
  • Complete operational requirements including maintaining schedules that expedite work flows.
  • Supports team by performing tasks related to strong communication.
  • Provides clerical support to ensure efficient team operation.

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


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education.
  • 1-5 years of experience working with communities or on social justice issues.
  • Meeting facilitation skills and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Experience working with Outlook and maintaining multiple calendars.
  • Self-motivated, attention to detail and excellent time-management skills.
  • 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
  • No travel required.
  • Love of the ocean a plus.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts the minimum and midpoint of the range for each of its open positions. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with the skills, years of experience and unique background of the candidate. Salary minimum is $50,300; salary midpoint is $62,900. Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity being considered.


If you think you have what it takes to join 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 an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


We encourage applicants to apply who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences. 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 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
  • Arctic / Shipping Emissions
Reports To
  • Associate Director, Ports and Communities
  • Full Time

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