Senior Manager Conservation and Science Communications

Organization: The Monterey Bay Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Monterey, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Since its opening in 1984 on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission has been to inspire conservation of the oceans. It is consistently ranked as the best aquarium in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience, and is home to more than 35,000 animals and plants in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits. The aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of Monterey Bay and California's Central Coast - one of the world's richest marine regions.

The aquarium has since its founding been committed to a rigorous program of scientific research involving key habitats and marine species, notably California sea otters, Pacific Bluefin tuna and great white sharks. It has grown to become one of the leading ocean conservation organizations in the world, largely on the strength of research, policy and advocacy programs that are grounded firmly in science. In addition to its research programs, the aquarium's main conservation initiatives include the widely recognized and influential Seafood Watch sustainable seafood program; collaborations with science and policy leaders at Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and other institutions; and advocacy on behalf of ocean policy issues at the state, regional and national level.

The aquarium has become a trusted voice on ocean issues because of the rigor and integrity of its own research programs, and its integration of science to expand the aquarium's visibility and policy influence to support its conservation priorities. The Director of Conservation Research will join the newly formed Conservation and Science Division to lead our conservation research program, working closely with the other key departments within the division (Seafood Watch and Policy). The Conservation Research group works to synthesize and communicate the scientific results of its work and to deepen the strategic partnerships that help advance the aquarium's conservation mission.

The Conservation and Science Communications Senior Manager is the primary communications expert for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Conservation and Science division, which includes the Aquarium’s Ocean Policy team, Conservation Research group (sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific Bluefin tuna and other animal-focused research initiatives), and the Seafood Watch program. The Senior Manager identifies, organizes and motivates key aquarium audiences to become more aware and supportive of all the Aquarium’s conservation and science programs and initiatives.

Essential Functions

• Partners with the Director of Communications, the Vice President of Conservation and Science, and the Conservation and Science team to develop and implement strategic communication goals that advance the mission of the Aquarium’s Conservation and Science division.

• Generates favorable and accurate coverage of Conservation and Science stories in local, national and international media, as well as through social media, including the aquarium’s own social media channels.

• Acts as the primary spokesperson and first point of contact for Conservation and Science-related media and work with media onsite to cover sustainable seafood and ocean policy stories. Collaborate with others on the Public Relations team in on-site media coverage of Conservation Research stories involving sea otters, white sharks, tuna and other animal-focused research.

• Serves as liaison between the Conservation and Science division and the aquarium’s Communications and Marketing teams with the Communications Director.

• Works with the Vice President of Conservation and Science, Communications Director and other staff, to write and/or develop news releases, position papers, commentaries, FAQs and talking points on key policy, sustainable seafood and ocean science issues.

• Creates and implements an internal communications strategy that promotes and better integrates Conservation and Science activities within the Aquarium as a whole.

• Ensures that communications about Conservation and Science programs reflect the Aquarium voice, and are integrated with the overall communications efforts of the Aquarium.

• Cultivates and maintain ongoing positive relationships with key media, and share responsibility for the day-to-day operations of media relations on behalf of the Conservation and Science division.

• Working with Public Relations and Special Events, creates the program for the annual Sustainable Foods Institute, including researching and inviting speakers, panelists, moderators and media participants.

Required Knowledge/Experience

• B.A. or higher degree in Liberal Arts, Communications or Public Relations.

• Minimum four years’ experience in a Public Relations/Communications position

• Strong skills and demonstrated experience in interpreting science and conservation content in compelling ways

• Working knowledge of and experience in marine science and conservation policy advocacy

• Excellent writing and editing skills

• Existing contacts in regional and national media, and the skill to generate new ones

• Strong skills in the social media arena, and in developing social media contacts and content

• Microsoft Word (strong skills); Microsoft Excel and Access (some skills)

• Ability to work independently

• A proven interest in and commitment to conservation

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

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