Managing Director

Urban Ocean Lab is looking for a strategic and mission driven leader, who enjoys collaboration and is skilled at organization development to join our team as the Managing Director. Urban Ocean Lab cultivates practical rigorous, creative, equitable, and practical climate and ocean policy,  for the future of coastal cities. Candidates who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and have strong connections to coastal cities are warmly encouraged to apply.

Position Announcement

Managing Director – Full-Time, Remote (in a coastal city)


Coastal cities are where so many issues collide – ocean and climate, ecosystems and infrastructure, and millions of people. Our safety, economies, and cultures depend on figuring out how to live better at this interface. Sea level rise and other ocean-climate changes are already affecting coastal cities. These changes are sometimes dramatic (like a hurricane), but more often incremental (like sea level rise), which can mask the urgent need for action.

Urban Ocean Lab (UOL) is a think tank, working  with scientists, policy makers, designers, and community organizations  to develop tangible, measurable action items for nationwide dissemination and adoption. Our mission is to cultivate practical rigorous, creative, equitable, and practical climate and ocean policy,  for the future of coastal cities. Please see for more information.

Urban Ocean Lab is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (


UOL seeks a Managing Director to help build  this fledgling organization; recruit, mentor, and empower a qualified and committed staff to achieve tangible policy outcomes; develop and foster strong organizational partnerships to build a community of practice; develop and implement a fundraising plan that cultivates relationships with donors and foundations; and work effectively with and leverage the skills of UOL’s co-founders and advisory board. The Managing Director will be the first full-time hire and will report to the co-founders.


Organization Development and Leadership

In collaboration with UOL’s co-founders:

  • Develop, refine, and implement overall organizational vision, strategy, and priorities
  • Lead the development and implementation of UOL’s growth plan, including staffing, communications, infrastructure, etc.

Organization Management

  • Ensure that UOL’s operations and programs progress towards short- and long-term goals; assess and develop opportunities which align with organizational priorities while retaining the flexibility to act quickly and opportunistically.
  • Collaboratively develop and oversee the implementation of strategic, effective work plans; track progress and regularly evaluate programs and projects to measure success.
  • Recruit and provide leadership, direction, and support for staff and contractors, as required; inspire confidence and trust; effectively delegate program responsibilities, and establish accountability; foster open communications between the staff, co-founders, and advisory board.
  • Keep the co-founders abreast to critical changes in the organization’s programming, staffing, and funding.
  • Manage relationships with the organization’s co-founders and advisory board; plan and facilitate regular meetings, as needed, of these groups.

Fundraising and Budget Management

  • Develop, direct, and maintain a focused fundraising program that includes foundations, corporate, and major donors, cultivating and maintaining key relationships while pursuing new support.
  • Manage grant reporting for the organization.
  • Develop an annual budget for approval by the co-founders; administer the approved budget, and regularly report to the co-founders on the revenues and expenses, ensure fiscal and operational integrity.
  • Ensure that organizational records and documents – financial and otherwise – are maintained in compliance with current laws and regulations.


  • Effectively represent the organization externally to stakeholders, the public, and others in order to increase its impact, visibility and support for its operations.
  • Manage all external collateral for the project, including project branding and communication materials.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an effective communications program, enhancing and maintaining public understanding and support of the goals, projects, and priorities of the organization.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for oceans with a reputation for innovating and leading ocean and climate policy. The candidate will be “at home” in a lean start‐up environment, yet comfortable navigating within larger institutional structures and governmental hierarchy as well. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of fostering collaborations and supporting the incubation of ideas and strategies across various stakeholders. You are tenacious, diplomatic, creative, humble, and have the ability to move self‐confidently through uncharted waters.

We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position, lending his/her/their flair to the trajectory of UOL. We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:

  • Has expertise in ocean conservation policy – ideally at multiple levels of government;
  • Is an established leader, likely with 7+ years of experience in nonprofit management, programs, advocacy, and fundraising;
  • Has strong communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Has a genuine interest in and understanding of the goals, priorities, and programs of the organization; and
  • Demonstrates a desire to lead the staff, manage the organization, and work collaboratively with the co-founders and advisory board to achieve success.

Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary ($120-140K), excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. First screening will occur on May 24, 2021. Send us your résumé and cover letter to with “Urban Ocean Lab/Managing Director Search” in the subject line. Please explain why you are interested in this position and our mission,  describe your relevant experience and qualifications, and include your salary requirements. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

Multiplier and Urban Ocean Lab celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and UOL are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and UOL prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

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