Clean Ocean Action

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Are you interested in making a difference in your community? 

If so, Clean Ocean Action might be the place for you! We're a small, lean, ocean advocacy team - continue to check back here regularly for job openings and opportunities.

Current Job Openings:

Policy Attorney
Communications and Events Coordinator


Policy Attorney Job Announcement

General Job Description

Clean Ocean Action (COA) is a non-profit regional coalition working to protect the marine waters off the NJ/NY coast.  COA’s Policy Attorney defends the marine ecosystem from harm.  The Policy Attorney thinks strategically, possesses strong communication skills and thrives in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment.  The Policy Attorney is result-oriented, environmentally-focused, and has a strong desire to protect and improve coastal waters.  The Policy Attorney is required to hold a J.D. from an accredited law school.

 

The Policy Attorney is the primary legal and technical expert who defends the marine ecosystem from pollution, industrialization and climate change, and protects water quality in collaboration with the COA team.  The Policy Attorney investigates issues, develops positions, identifies solutions, and creates outreach materials.  The Policy Attorney is responsible for coordinating and participating in sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts; analyzing local, state and federal policies, legislation and research for impacts to marine water quality; and developing and implementing pro-ocean protection policies, strategies, and actions.  The Policy Attorney will also track, coordinate, and participate in targeted advocacy campaigns throughout the region.

The Policy Attorney will report to the Executive Director. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for advancement in a marine protection career.

 While supported by the Executive Director, Staff Scientist and the COA team, essential duties and responsibilities of the Policy Attorney include but are not limited to:

¨       Shape regional and national ocean protection policies

¨       Monitor issues and respond proactively to protect water quality

¨       Garner support for strong ocean protection policies from elected leaders and decision makers

¨       Prepare and present testimony for municipal, state and federal legislation

¨       Identify, investigate, track and evaluate proposals, regulations, projects and issues

¨       Develop written products including comments, presentations, policy briefs, technical reports, position statements, and research memos that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options in defense of marine water quality

¨       Review proposals for compliance with applicable law

¨       Advocate, communicate, and coordinate technical and policy aspects of issues with a diversity of people including policy, legal, science and outreach experts, coalition members, media, students, citizens, agency representatives, and elected officials

¨      Consult with COA’s outside counsel to define and organize legal positions and actions, as needed

 

General Program Coordination

  • Maintain focus and message on pollution prevention
  • Stay current on state/federal policies, regulations and rules
  • Update relevant programs and information on website, and write newsletter articles
  • Manage email accounts
  • Support and promote development efforts, including assistance with grant proposals and reports, and Annual Report                                                                                                                        

 

Qualifications and Qualities

o   JD from an accredited law school. Bar admission is not required.

o   Applicants with environmental science background a plus

o   Strongly motivated to protect and improve coastal waters

o   Knowledgeable about marine sciences, pollution, policy, and federal and state environmental regulations

o   Familiarity with legal documents and compliance issues

o   Knowledge of the political system and experience with members of congress and legislature preferred

o   Preference given to candidates with NY/NJ coastal experience and knowledge

o   Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity; ability to work independently and in a team setting

o   Efficient, organized work style; ability to prioritize quickly and confidently; ability to manage multiple deadlines

o   Excellent research, writing, and editing skills, as well as an analytical mind

o   Willingness to travel in the NY/NJ area and occasionally to Washington, D.C.

 

COA is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff members without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This position requires evening and weekend work on a periodic basis.

Annual Salary: Position is full time at the office in Long Branch, NJ. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: Health and dental insurance coverage are offered on a cost-sharing basis, paid holidays and PDO, employer paid professional workshops and trainings. Ability to grow with the organization is available and performance-based.

Application Instructions: Position currently open. Applications will be accepted until position filled. Please follow the directions below and submit the required documents to Projects@(Spam protected email address)CleanOceanAction.org with “Policy Attorney_Your Name” in the subject line. 

  1. Resume or CV, including GPA if a recent graduate and any volunteer activities and hobbies.
  2. Cover letter expressing your interest in working for Clean Ocean Action, why you enjoy this work, and why you are good at it. Please also include why you are considering leaving your current position and/or changing careers, if relevant.
  3. One writing sample that is indicative of your environmental passion and using the law to defend the natural world.
  4. Three references who can speak to the above two items (past or present direct supervisors required, not colleagues or personal friends).  Include their name, position, affiliation/connection to you, and contact information (phone and email).
  5. Salary range expectation.

About COA

Clean Ocean Action is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting marine water quality in the New York Bight (those waters between Montauk Point, NY, and Cape May, NJ, and to the continental shelf). COA is a broad-based coalition of over 115 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. COA identifies sources of pollution and takes actions to stop them using research, education, and citizen action. For more information about COA visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.


Communications and Events Coordinator 

Clean Ocean Action’s Communications and Events Coordinator is a dynamic, integrated and dedicated person who is passionate about ocean protection and excels in an exciting team-based work environment to defend the ocean through strategic marketing planning, and managing and implementing communication measures, as well as event coordination. This position will contribute to COA’s general approach, content, communication, and outreach to increase the productivity, visibility and fundraising of the organization.

 

General Job Responsibilities

Coordinate and implement communication measures, including marketing, monthly newsletters, annual reports and other publications, as well as social and traditional media. The Events aspect of this position includes coordinating fundraising events, such as the annual birthday bash, surf tournament and main event, as well as program sponsorship. Creation of motivating, attractive, and professional communication, as well as event and outreach products are essential, as is building and strengthening programs through marketing. This coordinator will also supervise Communication & Event interns and volunteers.

 

Specific Communications Responsibilities

Implement internal and external communications and marketing, including the media schedule, print materials, traditional and social media, and advocacy activities. Create and ensure motivating, attractive, and professional communication and marketing products, including:

  • Creation of annual Marketing Plan, in cooperation with the Executive Director
  • Production of the monthly print and electronic newsletters
  • Production of the Annual Report and Annual Beach Sweeps Report
  • Enhancement and integration of COA branding in all aspects
  • Update, maintain and enhance the website, and participate in the Website Redesign Team
  • Respond to requests to place articles in outside print outlets
  • Manage all aspects of fundraising appeals

 

Specific Event Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all coordination, implementation and growth aspects for fundraising events, including annual events such as Under the Sea Birthday Brunch, Annual Surf Open, Ocean Celebration main event, and more, as familiarity with COA develops.
  • Aspects include:
  • Secure, manage and sustain active volunteer committees for events
  • Use timeline document for all details (including for committee meetings and follow-up, event permits, logistics, sponsorships, budget approvals, and more)
  • Secure, manage and grow sponsorships for programs, such as Beach Sweeps, Student Summits, Eco-Fest and Rally for the Waterways
  • Secure and grow number of corporations, and facilitate financial details for Corporate Sweeps; leverage for future general support
  •  Manage and grow all aspects of External Events (fundraising events that are coordinated by other entities)
  • Ensure increased participation and connection to COA with engagement, including income                      

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Creative marketing experience with proven ability to create motivating, attractive, and professional outreach products
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication abilities, including strong mastery of the English
  • language and editing skills
  • Adobe Creative Cloud competency
  • Exceptional organizing skills and passion for attention to detail
  • Graphics, design and publication production experience
  • Digital content creation and application
  • Relationship and partnership building experience
  • Traditional and social media experience
  • Creative thinker with strong multi-project management skills
  • Result-oriented, collaborative, professional, resourceful, flexible, and highly responsible
  • Environmentally-focused with a desire to protect and improve coastal waters
  • Experience with volunteer committees and fundraising
  • Database experience, a plus

This position requires evening and weekend work at times. Social media work requires willingness to post 24/7 and availability whenever needed.

Annual Salary: Position is full time. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: Health and dental insurance coverage are offered on a cost-sharing basis, paid holidays and PDO, employer paid professional workshops and trainings.

Application Instructions: Position currently open. Applications will be accepted until position filled. Please send cover letter, CV, three references with affiliations, one writing sample, and salary expectations to Projects@CleanOceanAction.org with “Communications & Events Coordinator_Your Name” in the subject line. 

About COA

Clean Ocean Action is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting marine water quality in the New York Bight (those waters between Montauk Point, NY, and Cape May, NJ, and to the continental shelf). COA is a broad-based coalition of over 115 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. COA identifies sources of pollution and takes actions to stop them using research, education, and citizen action. For more information about COA visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.

 

 

Headquarters:

49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041


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