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2022-056 Program Management Director, People and Culture


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


Reporting to the Chief of People and Culture Officer, the Program Management Director serves as a hub for OPC projects, change management initiatives and OPC communications planning at Ocean Conservancy. In partnership with other leaders and staff, the position identifies, develops, and implements tools, processes, and training to improve the effectiveness of “People Operations” and organizational culture. The Director, in partnership with the CPCO is responsible for orchestrating OPC major strategic planning, work planning, budgeting, and development. This position works across Programs, Communications, Development and Finance departments to support strong internal communications and alignment as well as to implement OPC special projects at the request of the Chief People and Culture (CPCO).


  • Works in partnership with legal, policy, communications and finance staff to facilitate the development of OPC strategies, delivery of annual projects, and budgets.
  • Works collaboratively with the CBCO, senior and executive leadership to craft the People Strategy, research, implementation plans, communications plan.
  • Supports the OPC in assessing progress against strategies, work plans, document achievements and failed strategies, and adapt approaches.
  • Serves as a liaison between the OPC, Program, Finance, and Development departments to ensure internal alignment, effective offerings, and impact.
  • Provides leadership in the development of Ocean Conservancy’s succession planning.
  • Manages aspects of reporting to staff, including the OPC dashboard and other tools to identify progress toward DEI plans and goals.
  • Supports OPC’s budget management process.
  • Provides leadership on the identification, development and implementation of tools, processes, and trainings to improve the effectiveness of Ocean Conservancy’s staff and operations.
  • Provides leadership on the design of internal learning opportunities to highlight best practices and new approaches in developing and growing our work teams.
  • Provides leadership on aspects of OPC communications and coordination, including current intranet (aka ‘Fintranet’), monthly reporting and misc. grant details.


  • Ten or more years of relevant experience working in a combination of communications, project management and human resources.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, adaptable and well-organized.
  • Highly collaborative, with excellent interpersonal skills and an appreciation for a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of Ocean Conservancy.
  • Must have a demonstrated track record of working effectively with diverse individuals and across different levels within an organization.
  • Extensive experience planning and facilitating group meetings (remote and in-person).
  • Demonstrated experience in a variety of aspects of human resources as well as project management.
  • Strong familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint required; comfort with technologies and software tools that encourage information sharing and collaboration across teams strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of work experience that includes experience in project management, human resources, communications and program planning.


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 $124,500; salary midpoint is $155,700. 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 employee’s 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
  • Office of People and Culture
Reports To
  • Chief of People and Culture Officer (CPCO)
  • Full Time

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