Communications Director - Coral Program; CSS

Job Title: 
Communications Director - Coral Program
Job Location: 
Silver Spring, Maryland

CSS is seeking a full-time Communications Director to support the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) within NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) in Silver Spring, MD. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act and is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of external and internal, proactive communications for CRCP. The successful candidate will work with OCM Leadership and Management Teams, other NOAA offices, and our partners to develop strategies, content, and tools that reflect the program’s communication needs and priorities.  

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the program’s communications strategy document, including annual updates and proposing revisions to CRCP leadership
  • Develop a strategic communications action plan to highlight high-impact projects and scientific outcomes to audiences within NOAA, the public, and decision makers
  • Coordinate and lead communications teams within NOS, OCM, and CRCP to support the communications strategy and action plan and engage program staff in communications efforts
  • Engage internal and external partners to support and enhance communications efforts and raise awareness of the program
  • Work with partners and NOAA communications staff to submit updates on program news to NOAA, National Ocean Service, and Office for Coastal Management leadership
  • Highlight program news on social media channels
  • Provide content updates to, including the development of maps, graphics, and other visuals
  • Produce short videos and support the development of GIS web applications (i.e., story maps) to highlight CRCP efforts
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to the press through NOS Public Affairs: draft press releases, media advisories, rollout plans, and assist with fielding inquiries from the press


  • Master’s Degree in public relations, communications, or related field and at least 5 years relevant professional experience; OR Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 7 years’ of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NOAA programs and operations, coastal science, or coastal management topic area expertise preferred
  • Excellent writing, editing, communication and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work on several projects simultaneously, to shift priorities as needed, and work productively in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with the suite of Google collaborative tools, MS Word, PowerPoint and Adobe InDesign are a plus, as well as familiarity with social media apps and web and social media analytics
  • Ability to pass a National Agency Check (NACI), including fingerprinting, and maintain it throughout the duration of employment
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