Capitol Hill Ocean Week® (CHOW) Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $57,000.00
Details: The Foundation offers a competitive benefits package.




Silver Spring
United States


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks an energetic and organized individual to shape the national dialogue on marine and Great Lakes conservation policy by planning, developing and implementing Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Capitol Hill Ocean Week® (CHOW) is the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal and Great Lakes policy issues. Convened every June, CHOW brings together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scientists, scholars, businesses, and conservation leaders to address pressing science, conservation, and management issues.

Overview of Position

The Manager is responsible for planning, developing and implementing the CHOW Conference program, including the Ocean Awards Gala. The Manager also develops community outreach programs throughout the year that support the Foundation’s mission by increasing recognition of national marine sanctuaries in ocean and fostering new partnerships through events to strengthen the Foundation’s reach and visibility.

The CHOW Manager works closely with the President and CEO, Vice President, Director of Policy and Conservation, and Director of Development in developing program agendas and materials to support cultivating sponsors for the CHOW and community outreach programs. This is a full-time position based in the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Headquarters office in Silver Spring, MD and report directly to the Director of Policy and Conservation.

About Us: The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries and marine monuments through conservation, science, education and community engagement. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to insure fair and equal treatment of its employees.


·       At least a Bachelor’s degrees and three years of relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred.

·       Experience with event/conference planning and management.

·       Fluency in computer software programs (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, etc.) required.

·       Ability to distinguish among competing priorities and balance complex and demanding workloads; organize and coordinate work assignments.

·       Skill and experience in developing and maintaining relationships with academics, NGOs, government agencies, and general public both internally and externally.

·       Skill and experience in working as a member of a team to complete diverse projects.

·       Skill and experience in organization and priority setting with high level to detail.

·       Ability to work on multiple priority tasks concurrently.

·       Knowledge of the goals, activities and programs of the Foundation.

·       Strong oral and written communication abilities.

·       Ability to work in a high pressure environment

·       Exhibits a high level of customer service knowledge, skills, and values


·       Serve as the Foundation’s principal coordinator for CHOW, including planning, developing and implementing CHOW Conference program agenda (keynotes, sessions, lunches, breaks, Ocean Awards Gala awardees, etc.), and leading coordination efforts across the Foundation;

·       Work with Director of Development to plan community outreach events;

·       Research, invite, and confirm speakers for CHOW and outreach events;

·       Organize conference calls with panel participants to prepare speakers;

·       Engage key stakeholders, partners, and targeted audiences;

·       Engage committed sponsors and foster opportunities for new sponsors;

·       Coordinate with Vice President and Director of Development to fulfill sponsor benefits;

·       Closely coordinate with NOAA on CHOW agenda;

·       Work with the Director of Communications to develop promotion strategies and materials, increase brand visibility, increase social media engagement, etc.;

·       Manage volunteers in preparation for and during the week;

·       Engage Congressional Honorary Committee;

·       Coordinate the conference including the run of show, logistics, and production;

·       Organize and host regular CHOW planning meetings; and,

·       Support logistics and stakeholder engagement with the Ocean Awards Gala.


Why You Will Love Us

·       Dedicated and passionate staff committed to marine and Great Lakes conservation.

·       Two weeks paid time off; paid time off the week between December 24th and January 1st; and, 11 paid holidays.

·       Health Benefits: Medical with HSA and FSA options, dental, and vision

·       Preparing for the Future: 403(B) with employer contribution after one year of service

·       Extensive online training programs to help employees learn new skills. Eligible employees may be reimbursed for qualifying educational expenses.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references and several writing samples to Please be sure to put CHOW Manager in the subject line. Applications received prior to March 15, 2018 will be preferred.

Start Date: As soon as possible.