WWF NZ: Oceans Communications Manager

Posted on 25 September 2019

WWF-New Zealand works for a world where people live in harmony with nature. 

The Oceans Communications Manager role has been created to support WWF’s ocean strategy. We have ambitious targets for marine protection in the New Zealand EEZ and beyond, and we support the UN goal of 30% marine protection by 2030. We believe this is best achieved through the application of both science and traditional knowledge, and that indigenous communities are best placed to manage these projects as kaitiaki of our natural environment. The purpose of this role is to support the design and implementation of all communications work related to the oceans strategy. Central to this is work on Taiatea, an oceans collective led by Ngāti Kuri and supported by WWF.

The Oceans Communications Manager will support the Marketing & Engagement Director to successfully plan, implement and review communications work in order to raise the profile of and appropriately position our oceans work. A specialist in execution, this person will work closely with all members of our small team. The successful candidate will be involved in the strategy development stage of each project, will lead discussions on the full communications requirements of each project, will identify the tasks that need to be completed, delegate those tasks to the appropriate team members and/or external agency/agencies, or take on appropriate tasks themselves.


The Oceans Communications Manager will be responsible for:

  • working with internal and external stakeholders and partners to plan, implement and review ocean communications strategies for specific projects;
  • planning (including risk analysis), budgeting expenditure for, monitoring progress and project reporting;
  • oversight of all elements of the oceans communications needs, ensuring deliverables are being met and contingency plans are in place when required;
  • contributing to organisational marketing content and/or communications calendars;
  • developing and maintaining relationships with advertising, design, social media, digital and/or other external agencies;
  • planning, logistics and content development support for all ocean-related communications events, conferences, workshops and presentations;
  • collaboration with internal and external content development teams;
  • managing and troubleshooting issues as they arise, being flexible to respond to opportunities and resolve problems in the most appropriate way; and
  • reporting on progress of each stage of a project as it develops, recommending changes that may be required, conducting analysis of project results and making recommendations for future.

As a member of the marketing and engagement team, the Oceans Communications Manager will carry out additional tasks as required from time to time as directed by the Marketing & Engagement Director.

Starting salary:           $70,000 to $80,000 (negotiable)

Location:                     Wellington, New Zealand

Reports to:                  Marketing & Engagement Director

Direct reports:            none

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