Blue Habits Project Manager

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Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience



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2221 South Clark Street
United States


Job Type:               Full-time, one-year, term-limited position with a possibility for extension

Job Location:        Arlington, VA, USA

Position Overview

The Blue Habits Project Manager will assure the successful launch, coordination, and delivery of the second phase of Oceanic Society’s innovative Blue Habits program in collaboration with Stanford University. This position is responsible for effectively managing the project’s timeline, deliverables, and budget; documenting and reporting the project’s work and results; and coordinating the planning, preparation, and fundraising for the program’s growth.

Job Responsibilities and Outcomes

Job responsibilities and key outcomes for this position include, but are not limited to:

1. Lead and coordinate work among the project team (external partners and staff) to assure on-time delivery of key project deliverables, including: design-thinking workshop (September 2018), analysis of workshop and prototyping (October-December 2018), implementation and testing (November 2018-February 2019), evaluation and publication (March-May 2019). Includes:

  • Assign tasks and deadlines
  • Create and manage project schedule and timeline
  • Communicate regularly with project team to monitor progress toward deliverables and deadlines
  • Support team members as needed
  • Adapt project plans as needed
  • Implement and manage changes when necessary to meet project goals

2. Document and report project progress and outcomes for internal and external audiences, including Oceanic Society staff, naturalists, board members, project partners, donors, and the public. Includes:

  • Adhere to donor reporting requirements, including reporting format and frequency
  • Create monthly, quarterly, and annual reports in collaboration with project partners and staff
  • Contribute to public-facing communications about project activities and results in collaboration with Oceanic Society staff (e.g., blogs, emails, press)
  • Present / report to project stakeholders regularly on progress, problems, and solutions

3. Contribute to the completion of key project deliverables, including:

  • Background research / literature review for Blue Habits “business case” and best practices “playbook”
  • Organization / logistics of design-thinking workshop
  • Coordination of activities by Stanford researchers aboard Oceanic Society tours in California and internationally
  • Coordination of writing, design, and publication of Blue Habits “business case” and Blue Habits “playbook” of effective practices.

4. Manage project expenses and allocate funds within the project budget, in coordination with Oceanic Society’s director of finance.

5. Coordinate fundraising for Blue Habits program development in collaboration with staff and partners including donor research, writing of proposals, and participating in donor stewardship.

Expected Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, especially for non-profit organizations
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed and proactive
  • Strong, practical knowledge of ocean conservation issues required. Familiarity with social science research practices preferred.
  • Experience working with researchers / academic institutions and conducting basic research strongly preferred.
  • Travel industry / ecotourism / nature-based tourism experience preferred.
  • Experience and successful track record in non-profit fundraising preferred.
  • Familiar with project management tools such as Basecamp and collaborative business tools such as the Google suite of apps (Sheets, Docs, etc.)
  • Desire to work as part of a mission-driven organization dedicated to ocean conservation

Please Note: This is a full-time, term-limited position beginning in May 2018 and ending in May 2019. The term of the position may be extended, contingent upon the availability of funding and other factors. No further notice of cessation of employment is required.

About Oceanic Society & Blue Habits

Oceanic Society is the oldest U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation (est. 1969). We work to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature to address the root cause of its decline: human behavior.

In partnership with Stanford University, we've launched an innovative Blue Habits program that aims to develop and test tools and approaches that deliver measurable pro-ocean behavioral outcomes to a variety of audiences, and make those tools and approaches widely available. Blue Habits is grounded in the behavioral sciences, and draws on social science research, design, and technology to create systems that can change individual human behaviors.

Our initial audience is the nature-based tourism industry, a powerful and yet vastly underused platform for motivating pro-ocean behavior change. Our goal is to innovate, test, and refine a scalable approach to pro-ocean behavior change among nature-based tourists and to promote its adoption by travel operators worldwide, thereby reaching and engaging millions of people. In the future, we will work to adapt this methodology to target consumers in a wider variety of contexts, and to scale Blue Habits through strategic partnerships.

Stanford University completed a research phase of Blue Habits in 2016 that evaluated the potential of Oceanic Society's whale watching cruises as a venue for motivating lasting pro-ocean behavior. Building on Phase 1 lessons, we are now launching Blue Habits Phase 2, during which we will deepen our partnership with Stanford to build effective tools and approaches to tackle the critical, global challenge of ocean conservation through tourism, one of the world’s biggest industries.

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This is a full-time, one-year, term-limited position, and is eligible for all Oceanic Society benefits. The position is based in Oceanic Society’s office in Arlington, VA, USA, with occasional travel to California.

Level of Language Proficiency

Professional fluency in English required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: