American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Ocean Policy with the Energy and Environment team. The Director of Ocean Policy will lead the Ocean Policy team’s work to develop and execute national and regional strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ ocean policy, climate change, and clean energy goals. The Director of Ocean Policy is responsible for developing, researching, and writing major reports; creating strategies to promote the value of science-based management initiatives; establishing and managing coalitions of national and regional partner organizations; implementing communications strategies; and developing relationships and partnerships with ocean champions on Capitol Hill and within the federal government. The ideal candidate will be an experienced team leader with deep organizational relationships throughout the ocean policy world, as well as a deep understanding of ocean issues, politics, and science.
The Ocean Policy team at American Progress focuses on developing science-based policy goals and finding solutions that promote growth of the sustainable blue economy, defined as industries that either depend on or contribute to healthy oceans and coasts. Since the program’s inception in 2011, this focus has led the team to engage in significant work on sustainable fishery management; offshore renewable energy development; coastal restoration and resiliency; and recreation and tourism. The work has been both proactive and defensive—seeking opportunities to advance good policy, making progressive gains where possible, and attempting to prevent rollbacks to positive policies when necessary.