Campaign Manager, Ocean Policy

  • Reports to: Director of ocean policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Energy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress is seeking an experienced campaign manager to focus on defending recent gains related to place-based ocean protections and other progressive ocean policy priorities.

The campaign manager will be a key member of American Progress’ Ocean Policy team, helping develop and implement strategies and messages that clearly communicate what is at stake in key battles relating to the management of ocean and coastal natural resources and the sustainable blue economy. One focus of this position will be to coordinate partner groups, which include academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, industry members, and citizens’ groups in the defense of conservation initiatives, ensuring that these voices and perspectives are heard by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.

The campaign manager will also be responsible for leveraging the research and communications capabilities of American Progress to provide customized, actionable analysis, messaging, and content to a variety of partners who work to defend conservation laws within the courts, Congress, and the executive branch. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading communications and advocacy campaigns, as well as familiarity with environmental and natural resource policy or litigation.


  • Develop and implement proactive campaign, legal, and communications strategies to support the defense of bedrock ocean conservation initiatives in all three branches of government.
  • Coordinate and contribute to communications and advocacy campaigns involving multiple partner groups and coalitions.
  • Draft blog postings, talking points, press releases, op-eds, memos, issue briefs, and a range of written products.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with journalists who cover environmental, ocean, and natural resource policy.
  • Organize events that drive attention to major legal debates about progressive ocean policy priorities and marine natural resource policy.
  • Work with the Public Lands team, the Ocean Policy team, the Law of the Land Project, and the Energy and Environment team at American Progress to leverage other policy initiatives, campaigns, resources, and relationships in order to achieve the goals of these initiatives.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, public policy, environmental studies, political science, or related field—or advanced degree—required.
  • Minimum of five years of post-degree professional experience.
  • Experience managing and working in advocacy or political campaigns, particularly those related to environmental or natural resources policy.
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships with multiple organizations and stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience working with journalists and media organizations, including pitching stories.
  • Ability to identify and cultivate relationships with key messengers who can support the goals of the campaign.
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines, sometimes with a very tight turnaround time.
  • Proven ability to work well with multiple groups and teams.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to proactively manage many simultaneous issues, multitask, and prioritize.
  • Nonprofit—both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)—experience a plus.
  • Experience with ocean policy or science a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals required.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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