Director of Corporate Engagement (Ocean Conservancy)

Ocean Conservancy
Washington, District of Columbia

Ocean Conservancy, one of very few organizations in the world dedicated to protecting ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them, has retained Development Resources, inc. to recruit a Director of Corporate Engagement who will help build wide-ranging coalitions to change the way we treat one of the most central and threatened resources on the planet.


The world’s oceans are central to the most important food, energy, and resource challenges of the 21st century. They are also under continuous threat—from rising temperatures, commercial fishing, energy production, and pollution.


Ocean Conservancy mobilizes science-based solutions to these challenges. Working in six core areas—Trash Free Seas, Sustainable Fisheries, Restoring the Gulf, Confronting Ocean Acidification, Smart Ocean Planning, and Protecting the Arctic—Ocean Conservancy conducts research, partnership-building, public education, and advocacy to protect oceans and the people who depend on them.


The Corporate Engagement program at Ocean Conservancy is a critical part of its success. The private sector plays an important role in advancing conservation through investments, sustainable business practices, and the development of policies and solutions that make a world of difference for the ocean and communities that depend most on its health. The Corporate Engagement team engages private partners through cause marketing agreements, sponsorships, and sustainable business partnerships.

To build on this program’s success, Ocean Conservancy is seeking to hire a Director of Corporate Engagement to bring a comprehensive strategic approach to its outreach. Reporting to the Vice President of Resource Development, the Director of Corporate Engagement leads a small team and works across Ocean Conservancy’s fundraising, programmatic, finance, and communications teams to orchestrate long-term private partnership building. The Director is responsible for leading targeted prospect identification, providing overarching relationship management, and sustaining a robust proposal writing and reporting process.


The ideal Director of Corporate Engagement will have:

  • Five years of experience in a sales, marketing, or non-profit development role; experience within the private sector and/or an organization that conducts policy advocacy is useful.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and demonstrated success in working with corporate partners.
  • Sophisticated understanding of marketing, including brand enhancement and co-branding.
  • Exceptional communication skills in all registers.
  • Ability to proactively anticipate needs and expectations of senior team members.
  • Modest, unassuming demeanor that respects personalities/preferences of diverse team members.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as demanded by a deadline-driven environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.