Project Manager

Project Manager – Full-Time, Remote (in a coastal city)

Urban Ocean Lab (UOL) is looking for a resourceful, detail-oriented self-starter to serve as our Project Manager. We are particularly interested in individuals who enjoy collaboration, take initiative, and are skilled at balancing and executing competing priorities. Candidates who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and have strong connections to coastal cities are warmly encouraged to apply.



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. UOL is a think tank working with scientists, policy makers, designers, and community organizations to develop practical, rigorous, creative, and equitable climate and ocean policy for the future of coastal cities. Please see for more information.

UOL 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 Project Manager to help support this fledgling organization and implement the vision of UOL’s leadership team; track and manage UOL’s initiatives, projects, and partnerships; craft grant proposals; conduct ocean policy research and create content for UOL’s resource hub; and develop and foster strong partnerships with community organizations and local governments in coastal cities to build a community of practice. The Project Manager will be the second full-time hire and will report to the Managing Director, who in turn reports to the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the co-founders.



  • Ensure that UOL’s operations and programs progress towards short- and long-term goals; identify roadblocks and obstacles ahead of time and work to mitigate them.
  • Collaboratively develop and oversee the implementation of strategic, effective work plans; track progress and regularly evaluate programs and projects to measure success.
  • Manage logistics and provide general support to the Ocean Justice Forum, an initiative UOL is co-leading that will advance an ambitious ocean policy agenda that promotes the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice; this work includes coordinating with the Forum’s Steering Committee, communicating with partner organizations, and ensuring that Forum convenings run smoothly. 
  • Compile and write compelling materials needed for grants and other fundraising opportunities. 
  • Contribute to UOL’s policy products through research, writing, and editing.  
  • Perform outreach to public and private-sector organizations that UOL partners with; maintain these relationships; identify opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships and follow-through on those partnerships.  
  • Provide wide-ranging support to the Managing Director. Provide direction and support to research fellows and other future staff and contractors as required. We are a small team and all pitch in as needed to get things done.
  • Assist the Managing Director with hiring efforts and creating a collaborative and respectful work environment; provide an example of being a supportive and helpful teammate.  


You are versatile, tenacious, diplomatic, creative, humble, and have the ability to move self‐confidently through uncharted waters. You are able to create enthusiasm and momentum among our partners so that we can efficiently implement our overarching goals and objectives. You are comfortable both leading and working alongside others and feel “at home” in a lean start-up environment where you wear many hats.

We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position, lending 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:

  • Genuine interest in and understanding of the goals, priorities, and programs of the organization.
  • Strong communication, time-management, and interpersonal skills.
  • A strong track record of successfully managing several projects simultaneously and seeing them to completion, likely with 4+ years of experience working in a lean nonprofit or start-up environment.
  • A desire to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve success.
  • Independent learner who has expertise and/or a demonstrated interest in at least one of the following areas: ocean conservation policy, marine biology, sustainability and/or resiliency issues, urban design.  
  • Ideally some graphic design, mapping, social media and/or other applicable skills.


Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary ($65,000 to $85,000, depending on experience), plus excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first screening will occur on August 2, 2021. Send your résumé and cover letter to with “Urban Ocean Lab/Project Manager 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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