Ocean Career: Program Manager at Ocean Visions

Ocean Visions is a science and innovation organization whose mission is to identify, develop, demonstrate, and ultimately deploy equitable, durable, and scalable solutions to the ocean’s most pressing environmental challenges. The Ocean Visions Network brings together some of the US’ leading oceanographic and research institutions with a diverse set of private sector actors - all with a shared interest in developing and deploying real ocean solutions.

The Role:
We seek a Program Manager to join our small, but mighty, virtual team to help move practicable ocean solutions out of labs and research facilities and into applications where they can help reverse the dangerous crisis in the ocean.

The Program Manager will plan, coordinate, and lead implementation of an important portion of our work to advance ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR). The primary role is to help accelerate the development, testing, and evaluation of ocean-based CDR technologies and applications. This will involve catalyzing diverse sets of actors, including inventors, scientists, policymakers, advocates, and investors around first-order priorities identified in the recently created Ocean Visions Technology Road Maps. As part of this work, the Program Manager will also be responsible for continuing to build and maintain an online community of practitioners of ocean-based CDR.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Manager will work collaboratively with the Ocean Visions Science Director, and Communications Director, as well as with a wide range of Ocean Visions partners.

Core Duties

  • Develop and maintain a work plan to advance key priorities in the Road Maps. Identify and engage key players, develop project plans, help secure resources, and generally do whatever is needed to move key priorities forward.
  • Lead the nurturing and continued growth of an online community of practitioners at oceancdr.net.
  • Oversee and engage with colleagues on a portfolio of projects, activities, and workstreams to advance priorities in the Road Maps.
  • Develop and lead implementation of selected initiatives, in collaboration with multiple partners, consultants, and interested parties.
  • Review the performance outcomes and status of all activities and evaluate and report these results, as well as make recommendations for corrective actions if needed.
  • Communicate to multiple audiences to move forward the field of ocean-based CDR.
  • Actively support related fundraising. Participate in development of proposals and plans for funding from private foundations, the private sector, and/or government agencies.
  • Monitor and analyze new technical information, policy development issues, and trends related to the ocean-based CDR program and advise other OV staff and partners accordingly.
  • Develop and maintain content for websites and social media platforms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least six years of relevant experience is required. Preference given to candidates with more experience and to those with an advanced degree in a related field.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong project design and management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in working with a variety of people and in multiparty collaborations.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload, while adjusting to periodic changes to account for new opportunities.
  • Capacity to write and to synthesize information.
  • Expert analytical skills.
  • Ability to operate with independence, to meet deadlines and commitments.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with CDR generally and ocean-based CDR issues specifically.
  • Experience with innovation and commercialization of innovation.
  • Solid knowledge of climate issues and nexus with the ocean.
  • Previous experience raising funds.

Hours, Location, and Compensation
This is a regular full-time position and may be located anywhere within the continental US. Salary range is 60-90k based on candidate experience and we offer a competitive benefits package through our partner Insperity.

To Apply:
Interested candidates must provide a cover letter and resume to Ocean Visions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Successful short-listed candidates will be contacted by the end of May, interviews will be held in June and the projected start date is July 1. References and a background check will be required for final candidates.

Application deadline: by May 7th, 2021

Ocean Visions strives to cultivate a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive community of researchers and practitioners around the world focused on solutions for a healthy and sustainable ocean. We aim to provide an inclusive voice for the role of ocean solutions in addressing societal needs.

Ocean Visions is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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