Employment Opportunity: Director, Clean Regattas | Oceana USA

Director, Clean Regattas

Oceana seeks a Director to lead the Clean Regattas program, the only sustainability certification program for water-based regattas in the world. Clean Regattas was initiated by Sailors for the Sea which has recently partnered with Oceana and this work will be managed by Oceana.

Based in either Washington DC, or in Newport, RI the Director will lead the continuing growth of Clean Regattas and also create shared value by interfacing with Oceana and its campaigns. The position will involve some day-to-day office administration in addition to program management, and it requires substantial travel.


General responsibilities will include:

  • Complete management of the Clean Regattas program
  • Regularly contribute content to website, newsletter, blogs, and social media
  • Track and report program usage, challenges and successes
  • Create and maintain relationships with relevant NGOs and maritime professionals that might facilitate the Clean Regattas program
  • Keep up to date on relevant ocean health topics along with any other pertinent scientific and political changes
  • Engage the boating community at all levels to become ocean stewards
  • Facilitate the brand development of Clean Regattas as an industry source for sustainability content for regattas and the boating community
  • Foster long-term sustainable change in the relevant communities through outreach with local partners
  • Independently or collaboratively write, manage, and steward foundation grant proposals and execute grant deliverables in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with Education, Communications, and Development colleagues as needed
  • Meet weekly with team members to discuss priorities and progress
  • Support international affiliates sustainability efforts


Clean Regattas Responsibilities

  • Communicate with all Clean Regattas on an annual basis (approx 350+ and growing)
  • Launch new program guidelines with relevant ocean health topics
  • Outreach to new and repeating participants in the Clean Regattas program
  • Continuously research and develop Clean Regattas resources, best practices and other support materials
  • Provide phone, email, and in-person support to registered Clean Regattas
  • Train and manage regional consultants and ambassadors to promote Clean Regattas program
  • Travel to attend select regattas around the world to promote Clean Regattas and Sailors for the Sea (up to 40% of time)
  • Maintain Clean Regatta database
  • Follow up with completed regattas gather reports, and issue certifications
  • Gather and develop metrics to measure success of Clean Regattas


Ocean Watch Essays

  • Coordinate with Communications Director on the research and writing of ocean health issue essays as needed

This position requires the flexibility and willingness to help with responsibilities that may fall outside of the primary role. In addition to program support, the Director will also be expected to help with day-to-day office tasks, such as mailings, filing, interacting with vendors, and collaborating with the  Stewardship Director on fundraising.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, science, or science education; higher ed. is a plus
  • Knowledge of the sailing and boating communities
  • Ability to travel as required in the U.S. and overseas
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to be based in Washington, DC or Newport, RI
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends as required
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Valid Driver’s License and Passport
  • Experience completing projects under tight deadlines and managing a demanding work load
  • Strong attention to detail and refined organizational skills
  • Proven leadership, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Experience with and working knowledge of sustainability and environmental best practices and frameworks e.g. ISO, GRI, etc.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Sailing/Boating experience
  • Passion for ocean stewardship
  • Experience working with and/or teaching youth and working with the public
  • Experience with and implementation of marketing and advertising strategies
  • Strong writing and social media skills
  • A valid U.S. drivers license
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