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Campaign Organizer, Mid-Atlantic (Maryland and Delaware)

Campaign Organizer, Mid-Atlantic (Maryland and Delaware)

The Campaign Organizer provides grassroots support for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns by working in coastal states.

General Summary

The Campaign Organizer provides grassroots support for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns by working in coastal states to reduce plastic pollution, prevent the expansion of offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting, put an end to the shark fin trade in the US, promote responsible fishing practices, and defend core environmental laws like the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. This position initially focuses on building support for our plastics campaign at the local and state level in Maryland and Delaware and replicating our winning model to stop the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling activities by engaging municipalities and business leaders throughout the region. Field staff build support for Oceana’s other campaigns over time/as needed.

This position reports directly to the East Coast Field Campaigns Manager and works independently to execute campaign plans, carrying out tasks necessary to meet campaign objectives, tracking timelines, and reporting on progress. Campaign Organizers manage a varied and high-volume workload. This position requires initiative and an ability to work on individual deadlines tasks, while also engaging fully as part of a dynamic and high-performing team. While Oceana Field staff are 100% remote/digital in 2020 due to covid-19, extensive travel is typically required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:

1.    Build a broad, effective campaign including but not limited to: grassroots coalition building, public engagement and repeat volunteerism, legislative advocacy, traditional and social media acquisition, and development of a self-sustaining foundation of support for Oceana’s organizational goals. 

2.    Execute campaigns in conjunction with Oceana’s team of professionals in Washington, DC and in the field. This will include working with other field staff, policy and communications professionals, scientists and lawyers, and Oceana’s volunteers, online activists, allies, and others. 

3.    Regularly report on progress of the campaign and lead the charge for overcoming obstacles to ensure goals and objectives are met.

4.    Track time, expenses, activities, and progress towards goals regularly, meeting all deadlines established by the field director and managers.

5.    Perform additional duties for Oceana’s Offshore Drilling and Plastic campaigns, as well as other campaigns, as needs arise.  

Job Requirements:

Education and work experience:

1.    A Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of campaign experience, or equivalent work experience, is required.

2.    Experience in person and using video conferencing/phone, email, and social media to engage large numbers of supporters.

Skills and knowledge:

1.    Ability to multi-task and a track record of being detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills and follow-through.

2.    Possesses a strong work ethic and takes initiative to set priorities, express ideas for improvements, meet deadlines, and proactively solve problems.

3.    Demonstrated initiative to self-motivate, work with diverse communities, and serve as a team leader.

4.    Demonstrated success cultivating relationships in a way that persuades individuals to support an organization’s agenda and generates measurable, long-lasting results.

5.    Excellent written, oral, and emotional communication skills, including public speaking.

6.    Computer literacy with Microsoft Office applications and proficiency with (or equivalent CRM).

7.    Familiarity with campaign issues, including but not limited to plastic pollution, offshore drilling, and fisheries management is a plus.

8.    Valid U.S. driver’s license.

9.    Willingness to travel and shift schedule to accommodate work on weekends and after normal working hours (while maintaining a 40-hour work week, on average).

Required Competencies:

•    Collaborates: Brings people together to leverage their skills, talents, and knowledge to achieve a common purpose. Creates synergy resulting in a combined effort with greater results than can be achieved by individuals.

•    Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. 

•    Drives Results: Is skilled at communicating a vision, setting priorities, and developing and executing plans that achieve desired outcomes. Has an overall achievement mindset, a bias for action, and an eagerness to take initiative.

•    Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling, and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding, and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.

•    Manages Complexity: Is able to gather data, analyze situations, and uncover the root causes to problems. Can distinguish between what’s relevant and what’s not and evaluate the pros and cons of potential situations.

•    Nimble Learning: Takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks. Can quickly adapt to new situations and draw on past successes and failures to solve current problems.

•    Organizational Savvy: Is a master at getting things done in an organizational setting. Can maneuver comfortably through complex policy, processes, and people-related organizational dynamics.


For additional information or to apply, visit Oceana’s career website.