Employment Opportunity: Campaign Organizer - Southern California | Oceana USA

Campaign Organizer - Southern California

General Summary

Nearly one billion people currently do not have enough to eat. The demand for food is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 as the global population grows to an expected nine billion. An often overlooked solution to this problem is our oceans. A fully productive ocean could provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Moreover, wild-caught ocean fish uses no land, needs negligible amounts of water, is the lowest cost per pound to obtain, and provides human health benefits.

Unfortunately, ocean productivity is drastically declining due to overfishing, destructive fishing practices, marine habitat loss and pollution. If action is not taken to reverse this trend now, wild seafood may soon disappear as a major food source for a hungry planet. There is good news, however: restoring wild seafood is achievable and there are many examples of fish rebounding under science-based management, which is also surprisingly feasible. Science gives us clear direction about how to manage fish recovery. Fish will recover if we –

  • Set reasonable fishing quotas and reduce industrial overfishing.
  • Reduce bycatch (the incidental catch of non-targeted animals).
  • Protect marine habitat, both in preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as from the harmful effects of marine pollution.

Oceana is a fun, fast-growing, international organization that encourages creativity, flexibility and the freedom to own your career. As Oceana continues to grow, the accounting and operational complexities are also growing. There are new challenges we’re facing and we’re pretty excited to take them on. With the creation of our very own FUN Committee and Green Team, Oceana is committed to effectively engaging all employees and achieving synergies amongst all departments and offices within the organization through learning retreats and various social events. With Oceana leading the way in ocean conservation, and international policy advocacy, there’s no better time to join such a rewarding, rapidly growing organization.


About the Campaign

Oceana’s strategic outreach and grassroots organizing efforts played a significant role in building the movement to prevent the former administration from allowing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting to commence off the United States Atlantic Coast. Our campaign efforts, in conjunction with those of our partners, have resulted in more than 120 East Coast municipalities, 1,100 elected officials, and thousands of business and fishing interests publically opposing seismic airgun blasting and/or offshore drilling.

This position will focus on replicating the winning model along the East Coast to build and stop the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling activities off the West Coast. Campaign Organizers will also work to build support for Oceana’s other campaigns as needed.  


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Build a broad, effective campaign including but not limited to: grassroots coalition building, public engagement and repeat volunteerism, legislative advocacy, traditional and social media acquisition, and development of a self-sustaining and continuing foundation of support for Oceana’s organizational goals.
  • Execute the campaign in conjunction with Oceana’s team of professionals in DC and in the field. This will include working with other field staff, scientists, legislative and communications professionals, as well as Oceana’s volunteers, online activists, allies, and others.
  • Regularly report on progress of the campaign, and lead the charge for overcoming obstacles to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Perform additional duties for Oceana’s Climate and Energy campaign, as well as other campaigns, as needs arise.  


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • 3+ years of campaign experience, including engaging volunteers and building a foundation of support for a policy outcome.
  • Experience working with traditional media.
  • Experience using phone, email, and social media to engage large numbers of supporters and activists.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrate success building and cultivating relationships in a way that persuades individuals to support an organization’s agenda and generates measurable results.
  • Demonstrate initiative to self-motivate, work with diverse communities, and serve as a team leader.
  • A track record of being detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills and follow-through, and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office applications, proficiency with Salesforce.com (or other CRMs) a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish language also a plus.
  • An ability to work well with others; collaborative and good-natured team player.
  • A valid U.S. Drivers’ License. Must be willing to travel.
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