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Media & Strategic Communications Manager


Location: San Diego, CA

Hours: Full-time (some nights and weekends)

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Care about the environment and want to make a difference? You could be part of a team of international experts working around the globe to protect the world’s oceans. The Waitt Institute works with committed government partners and local stakeholders to create and implement sustainable ocean plans. The Institute is currently working with 10+ international governments to help improve local livelihoods and economies while safeguarding marine life and ecosystems.

The Waitt Institute seeks a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to support media and communications across our portfolio of sites. This position requires expertise in strategic communications, project management, storytelling & media engagement, content management, and graphic design. This position will be responsible for developing and managing the communications portfolio for several of our programs and provide additional as-needed support to the Communications Director and team as a whole. You will work under the guidance of the Communications Director and in collaboration with international partners while closely coordinating with the internal Waitt Institute team. You will be part of a diverse staff in a small, fast-paced, and variable work environment. The position includes significant international travel (approx. 25 -30%) to our project sites to build relationships and drive our work forward.

As a global team, the Waitt Institute is committed to being diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive. We recognize that these core values enable our success and we seek to employ talented advocates for the ocean and coastal communities. All applicants welcome.


  • Provide support to the Communications Director to oversee and implement strategic communication plans

  • Create, implement, and manage communications strategies and campaigns at a country level

  • Coordinate closely with international governments, NGOs, and public

  • Guide and manage contractors in collateral development

  • Lead event planning and presence at program sites and international conferences

  • Support collateral development such as advertisements, presentation decks, one-pagers, brochures etc.

  • Create messaging and content (written, graphics)

  • Develop relationships with media outlets and journalists, and ensure coordinated messaging across platforms


Professional Qualifications

  • 7-10 years of experience with demonstrated expertise in strategic communications and campaign development

  • Excellent time and project management skills

  • Reliable, responsive, adaptable, and comfortable working across time zones

  • Bachelor’s degree (Graduate degree preferred) or equivalent in communications, graphic design, media or similar

  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office

  • Excellent writing skills as well as copywriting and editing

  • Understanding of ocean/environmental issues and solutions

  • Comfort/experience coordinating with governments and/or large scale processes


Personal Attributes

  • Ability to support, inspire, and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders including scientists, Government, NGOs, and general public

  • A superb professional and pragmatic personal presence

  • Ability to strategically and creatively solve problems

Company Benefits

Unlimited Paid Time Off | Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision options | Health Savings Account | 401(k) match up to 6%

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