Employment Opportunity: Communications Specialist | Oceana USA

Communications Specialist

General Summary

The writer’s primary duty is to write and edit Oceana’s tri-annual fundraising magazine. This will include writing features and short news items about Oceana’s global campaigns to save the oceans and feed the world, as well as Q&As with Oceana’s donors and supporters. In addition, the magazine writer will administer the institutional review and editing process for the magazine, to implement the vision and goals of the CEO and development department for the magazine as a fundraising tool, overseen by the Editor. He or she will work closely with the graphic designer to finalize the magazine layout and ensure all edits are implemented. This magazine is a fundraising tool and is not editorially independent.


The magazine writer will also report and write blog stories about Oceana’s work for Oceana.org, in line with Oceana’s content strategy.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:


  • Write three annual magazines, and administer the editing process overseen by the Editor.
  • Work closely with the Editor, CEO and fundraising departments throughout the magazine production process, from story selection through writing, editing and layout of the magazine.
  • Monitor Oceana’s research, campaigns and news by reading country blogs, press releases and press coverage, to create a list of potential stories before each magazine cycle.  
  • Write and report blog articles highlighting Oceana’s work around the world.
  • Occasionally edit other institutional communications. 
  •  Assist with basic website maintenance.
  •  Other duties as assigned. 


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

• Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in nonprofit communications, speechwriting, science or environmental writing, science or environmental journalism or related field involving science or environmental communication with an institutional focus or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Proven speech, op-ed or other institutional writer

• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and comfort with AP style

• Reporting experience a strong plus

• Comfort and familiarity supporting high level executives, policymakers and individuals with writing

• Ability to meet strict deadlines and work under pressure while maintaining human and energy

• Familiarity with environmental and food security issues a plus but not required


Skills and knowledge:

  • Superb writing, editing, and verbal communication skills. Previous experience in nonprofit communications is preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize press releases and other institutional materials, paired with original reporting, to create compelling stories about Oceana’s work.
  • Enthusiasm to administer institutional review process, including implementing magazine edits from top executives, to create a publication as a fundraising tool.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines, work under pressure, and adapt to a fast-changing environment while maintaining humor and high energy.
  • The ability to think independently and problem solve, both within the team environment and independently.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for topics in science, marine biology and environmental conservation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, other organizations, and freelancers. Act as a cordial representative of Oceana in interviews with internal and outside scientists, fishers and government officials.

To Apply: Please attach a copy of your cover letter to your resume.

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.

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