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Project Director (Corporate Policy and Strategy)

About Our Corporate Engagement

Ocean Conservancy has a robust portfolio of engagement with corporate partners to keep trash out of the ocean.  In 2012, Ocean Conservancy founded the Trash Free Seas Alliance® (TFSA), convening major corporate brands, NGOs and scientists to develop transformative solutions to reduce ocean trash.  Through the TFSA, Ocean Conservancy has catalyzed research on the volumes and sources of marine debris entering the ocean, the solutions needed to stop this flow (Ocean Conservancy’s Stemming the Tide and The Next Wave reports), and the financing challenges associated with these solutions.   Building on this work, the TFSA launched a $110 million impact investment fund for waste collection and recycling in Southeast Asia – -the world’s first catalytic capital fund dedicated to keeping trash out of the ocean.

In addition, Ocean Conservancy works with select corporate partners on a range of innovative initiatives targeting marine debris challenges including corporate practice and policies, financing, the informal waste collecting sector, policy analysis, and local engagement.


Ocean Conservancy seeks a Project Director to advance this critical portfolio of work. The ideal candidate is a skilled project manager with experience managing diverse stakeholder groups, knowledge of corporate culture, exceptional organizational and communication skills, and a strategic focus. The Project Director will be responsible for building and maintaining effective partnerships with the TFSA and other corporate partners to leverage collaborative partnerships to develop systemic solutions to ocean plastics.  The Project Director will manage various project components related to our work on policy and finance efforts, particularly those that intersect with our broader corporate engagement and initiatives related to corporate responsibility, sustainability, and public-private partnerships.

The Project Director reports to the Plastics Initiative Director and will work in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of staff and consultants. This position is based in Washington, D.C. with a fair amount (up to 20%) of international travel to develop relationships with key partners and stakeholders and to represent Ocean Conservancy and the Trash Free Seas Alliance in important venues.


  • Together with the broader team, develop Ocean Conservancy’s corporate engagement strategy to make a meaningful difference in keeping trash out of the ocean.
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager for Ocean Conservancy’s TFSA members.
  • Create new opportunities for broader industry and NGO engagement on marine debris issues.
  • Implement and manage Ocean Conservancy’s corporate engagement initiatives, with assistance from other team members.
  • Coordinate with Ocean Conservancy’s Development team to nurture relations with both existing and prospective corporate partners.
  • Oversee the internal vetting process for potential new TFSA members.
  • Represent Ocean Conservancy and the TFSA at conferences and events.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with scientists, subject matter experts, and others to advance TFSA goals.


  • 5+ years of experience, with 2+ years of project management experience.
  • A high-level performer attentive to details, deadlines, and deliverables, who exhibits both leadership and management skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Proven experience developing and executing a program/policy initiative, including identifying new opportunities and creating new strategies; ability to effectively anticipate opportunities and roadblocks, and evolve strategies in response.
  • Demonstrated expertise in marine debris, packaging, municipal solid waste management, circular economy, or materials science a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with past success in leveraging partnerships and maintaining relationships with a diverse partner and stakeholder network.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • A collaborative management style and demonstrated ability to effectively integrate across a wide variety of partners, consultants, and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with coalitions and/or exposure to corporate sustainability issues preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to and note position title: Project Director (Corporate Policy and Strategy) #19-24 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
  • Trash Free Seas
Reports To
  • Plastics Initiative Director
  • Full Time

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