Science Policy Communications Associate; Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Job Title: 
Science Policy Communications Associate
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is looking for a great communicator to join our dynamic Public Affairs department as a Science Policy Communications Associate.  This is a temporary, full-time, position for up to a one-year term subject to renewal. The position will report to the Director, Public Affairs.

The successful candidate will implement and coordinate COL’s communications efforts and be responsible for advancing COL and the ocean science community by elevating the visibility of the organization and scientific discipline amongst policy-makers, federal agency staff, other NGOs, scientists, and the public.  We are specifically looking for a detail-oriented person that has experience in both science and policy to support mission-critical communications priorities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works closely with the Senior Communications and Policy Specialist to execute communications and outreach plans and projects and to help position COL’s key messages both internally and externally.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for communications activities for specific COL programs, including Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) (when needed) and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Prepares spokespeople for media interviews. Drafts press releases and develops proactive media messages. 
  • Serves as primary drafter for external communications on behalf of COL programs.  Prepares media lists, promotional materials and briefing packets for speakers at outreach, education, community engagement, and public affairs activities, exhibit booths, and meeting events.
  • Approves web items that are updated daily, including science and policy stories, job opportunities, events, and Federal Register items. If there is no intern, updates these items daily.

    As needed, assists in the production of content for COL communications products, such as newsletters, exhibit booths, ads, and promotional brochures. Searches, collects, compiles and archives COL-related news stories, journal articles and citations, media mentions. Prepare reports for NOSB and other programs as necessary.

  • Coordinates production of weekly COL newsletter, including editing with intern and gathering COL program information.

  • Assists in coordinating the organization’s public presence at conferences. Leads conference travel logistics, including pre-conference management (e.g., managing purchase requests, ordering booths, and shipping supplies).
  • In conjunction with the Senior Communications and Policy Specialist, implements the social media strategy, including maintaining COL’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Handles all purchase requests for Public Affairs team items, including subscriptions, conference travel, and renewals, to ensure timely renewal of services.
  • Implements COL’s legislative positions and proposals, in cooperation with the Senior Communications and Policy Senior Specialist; Director, Public Affairs; the President, and the Board of Trustees, including:
  • Monitoring the status of all ocean-related legislation, including Committee hearings and markups;
  • Analyzing various policy and legislative proposals of priority to COL members and discuss recommendations with Director, Public Affairs;
  • Facilitating policy events and briefings

    Performs other duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or science and at least two (2) years’ experience in communications in a nonprofit, industry, government agency, congressional office, or scientific organization. Candidates with equivalent training and experience will also be considered.    
  • Experience working with media at the local and national level.
  • Demonstrated planning, decision-making, and problem-solving capabilities and organizational skills; ability to prioritize work and complete multiple projects with general supervision. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills to manage business relationships.

    Excellent writing, editorial, and communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills with an attention to detail.

    Demonstrated social media knowledge of and experience with daily account updating and management, as well as with large social media campaigns, specifically involving Twitter and Facebook.

  • Knowledge of computer hardware/software configuration and system administration functions for Mac and PC-based platforms.

    Demonstrated initiative and creativity in suggesting new projects. 

Starting salary in the low $50k range.  Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Ocean Leadership offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits. To learn more about Ocean Leadership, please visit .

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs [at] () with the subject line, “Science Policy Comms Associate”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

About the Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions — public and private; academia, aquaria, and industry. Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) advocates for sound ocean policy and wise investment in ocean science, infrastructure, and education. Having established a reputation for being a credible, reliable, non-partisan, and trustworthy source of information for policymakers in the nation’s capital, COL elevates the awareness of the importance of the ocean to the nation’s economic and social well-being. Consequently, COL positively influences ocean policy and federal financial support for ocean research and technology. 


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