[Coral-List] Ecosystem Protection Director Position at The Ocean Conservancy

Dennis Heinemann DHeinemann at OCEANCONSERVANCY.ORG
Thu Dec 21 13:46:34 EST 2006

Please review and share the job advertisement below. Apologies for

  Dennis Heinemann
  Senior Scientist
  The Ocean Conservancy
  Washington, DC



Advocates for Wild, Healthy Oceans


The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and
opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through
research, education, and science-based advocacy, The Ocean Conservancy
informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the
oceans. In all its work, The Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's
foremost advocate for the oceans. As a result of its most recent
strategic plan (see web site), the Ocean Conservancy has committed
itself to four goals: Restore Sustainable American Fisheries, Protect
Marine Wildlife from Human Impacts, Conserve Special Ocean Places, and
Reform Government for Better Ocean Stewardship. We have the following
opportunity available in our Washington, DC office:

          Director of Ecosystem Protection

Specific Responsibilities: The Director of Ecosystem Protection is
responsible for the management and success of The Ocean Conservancy's
Special Places program, one of the four strategic priorities. The
Special Places program includes projects related to marine reserves,
marine protected areas, and marine ecosystem conservation. The Director
leads a multi-disciplinary, cross-department team in developing tactical
plans for the Special Places program and ensuring their completion. As a
member of TOC's Senior Management Team, the Director also assists in
setting policies and achieving organizational success.

* Provides scientific and policy expertise on issues relating to marine
ecosystem conservation, including the design and implementation of
marine protected areas and marine reserves. Provides leadership on
ecosystem protection issues as head of TOC's multi-disciplinary Special
Places team.

* Aligns the Special Places program goals with TOC's Strategic Plan. In
collaboration with other Program, Regional, and Department heads,
develops detailed workplans, using science, advocacy, government
affairs, litigation, communications, and grassroots outreach as tools to
advance program goals. Sets timelines for success, with clear milestones
and measurable results.

* Identifies and analyzes emerging marine ecosystem conservation issues.
Fosters awareness and development of policy responses within TOC and the
wider conservation and policy communities.

* Hires, manages, and evaluates ecosystem program staff, with input from
Department and Regional staff where appropriate. Ensures that all
members of the Special Places team are sharing information and working
closely together to execute program goals.

* Promotes awareness of marine ecosystem conservation issues and
represents TOC in a variety of public venues, including professional
conferences, stakeholder meetings, federal and state agency proceedings,
and legislative hearings.

* Manages budgets and expenditures related to the Special Places
program. Works closely with the Development department to secure
adequate and timely funding by cultivating existing funders, assisting
in proposal preparation, and identifying potential new funding sources.

* Serves as a member of the senior management team to oversee strategic
directions, assess organizational progress, resolve internal and
external conflicts, review and improve TOC policies and procedures, and
ensure sound fiscal management. Reports on successes and challenges
within the Special Places program to the senior team and the board of
directors as needed.

Qualifications: Advanced degree (Masters degree or higher, or
equivalent) in marine science or policy with a focus on marine protected
areas, marine conservation or other marine biodiversity issues. Minimum
eight years experience in marine conservation work. Familiarity with
U.S. national and state laws, regulations, and policies on marine
ecosystem protection. Record of successful program management,
fundraising, issue advocacy, staff mentoring and supervision. Strong
communications skills required. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume,
letter of interest and salary expectations .. 

By e-mail to: 
    jobs at oceanconservancy.org. 

Or by writing to:
    The Ocean Conservancy
    2029 K Street N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    Attn: DEP

Or send a Fax to:
    Attn: Human Resources- DEP
    +1 202-872-0619

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