Vice President, Conservation, Plastics (Trash Free Seas)
ABOUT OCEAN CONSERVANCY
Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
Ocean PLASTICS Portfolio
Trash in the ocean compromises the health of humans and wildlife and threatens those whose livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean. Ocean Conservancy, a long-time leader in this field, has a growing portfolio of initiatives to stabilize ocean heath against the threat of plastic pollution while benefiting marginalized communities and not increasing GHG emissions.
Ocean Conservancy works to leverage new and existing resources and partnerships to bring the public, scientists, industry, government, and civil society partners together to analyze, develop, and implement solutions. The Ocean Plastics portfolio includes Ocean Conservancy’s work to advance science and policy solutions as well as engaging networks of advocates and partners through the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, International Coastal Cleanup – the single largest single-day volunteer effort to clean up trash from beaches – and the Trash Free Seas Alliance® – a forum of industry, science, and conservation leaders to advance solutions to the ocean plastic crisis.
Ocean Conservancy is a leading voice in advancing policy solutions at the state, federal, and international levels. As public pressure builds to address plastic waste there is significant momentum to enact new policy at all levels. Ocean Conservancy is uniquely suited to lead these efforts. Our past work has supported the passage of bi-partisan federal legislation, influenced executive branch action on plastics, informed state-led initiatives, and we are a critical voice in international policy discussions on the issue of plastic pollution. In addition to our policy expertise, we bring decades of leadership in data collection and science to understand the magnitude, sources, and impacts of ocean plastic. For over 30 years Ocean Conservancy has collected and analyzed data on plastic pollution through the International Coastal Cleanup. In recent years our work has expanded to support scientific and economic analyses of the major ways plastic waste reaches the ocean. In addition, through the International Coastal Cleanup, Global Ghost Gear Initiative, and the Trash Free Seas Alliance ® we have developed expansive networks of local advocates, private sector entities, and scientists that can be marshaled to advance both science and policy needed to stop plastic pollution. Finally, the programs within this portfolio are some of Ocean Conservancy’s most public-facing efforts and often serve as a gateway for new and existing audiences. As such they serve an important role for Ocean Conservancy as an institution and are a critical component of our communications and resource development strategies.
The Vice President, Conservation, Plastics (Trash Free Seas) is responsible for setting and executing on the short- and long-term strategic direction for Ocean Conservancy’s ocean plastics portfolio. The Vice President will oversee a $5-7 million budget, three senior direct reports, and approximately 12 indirect reports. Leveraging the organization’s talent and resources, the Vice President will develop, expand, and drive the strategic growth and execution of impactful solutions both in the U.S. and globally. A leader in this field, the Vice President is accountable for delivering concrete outcomes and building strategic relationships as they relate to our domestic and international policy campaigns, science agenda, international coastal cleanup program, global ghost gear initiative, science agenda, and private sector engagement. A strong decision-maker and innovative thinker, the Vice President is responsible for ensuring that teams within the portfolio have the direction, resources, and guidance needed to achieve program goals and objectives. This includes ensuring program effectiveness, fiduciary oversight of multi-million-dollar grants, integration within the portfolio and across other Ocean Conservancy programs and functions, and promoting Ocean Conservancy as a global leader on ocean plastics. Given the public-facing nature of the plastics issues, the Vice President with work closely with our Communications and Resource Development teams to ensure alignment and balance across programmatic and other institutional goals. The Vice President will also represent Ocean Conservancy and our work on this issue with the public, the media, and policymakers.
The Vice President is an integral member of the conservation leadership team driving strategy to improve organizational influence, impact, and effectiveness. The Vice President will work closely with other members of the conservation leadership team to support organizational leadership and set strategic direction to expand the scope and impact of the Conservancy’s initiatives. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership, the Vice President is responsible for modeling and supporting Ocean Conservancy’s organizational values and social norms. Along with other members of the senior leadership, the Vice President ensures alignment and integration of Ocean Conservancy's programs and cross-cutting and supporting services, and acts as a program resource for other VPs and departments.
Leadership & Strategic Direction
Management & Organizational Effectiveness
Fundraising and External Relations