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Job Description

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition  – Antarctic MPAs campaign Communications Director

Part time – 2 days/week 

  • Senior level contracting role
  • High degree of work flexibility
  • Global campaign
  • Hands on job
  • Strategic responsibility


The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition seeks a Communications Director to work an average of two days per week (this is on average – some weeks over the contract period may be less, and some more) to develop and deliver an integrated international communications campaign for its marine protected areas (MPA) campaign to ensure that the objectives of the international campaign are met. This position reports to the ASOC Interim Executive Director and the other members of the Core Team, Mike Walker (Europe Coordinator) and Andrea Kavanagh (Director, Southern Ocean Sanctuaries, The Pew Charitable Trusts)

To be successful in this challenging role, you will:

  • Be an excellent storyteller, at ease translating complex issues into compelling messages which resonate with target audiences in different languages and cultures;
  • Have a record of successful campaign communications, preferably for an international coalition;
  • Have a record of high-level achievement in the management of strategic communications, with significant experience in the research, writing, editing and delivery of a wide variety of materials;
  • Have experience of employing diverse social media in an innovative way to win clearly identified campaign objectives;
  • Have a strong track record of developing and managing media lists with success at pitching; and
  • Thrive in working with a multi-cultural team spread throughout the globe.


  • Coordinate the development of all communications internationally including campaign materials and reports, website, social media and internal communications.
  • Prepare media materials including press releases and briefing material as necessary and reactions. Develop and maintain relationships with key media outlets critical to the campaign.
  • Plan and manage events, materials and communications work for critical periods including the annual CCAMLR meeting in Hobart.
  • Support the campaign in key markets including Russia, China, Europe and other key countries.
  • Manage relationships with external communications staff and/or agencies, including ASOC member groups.
  • Coordinate communications with partner organizations including on messaging and media outreach.
  • Work with high-profile individuals and ambassadors.
  • Input strategic advice to ensure communications work is targeted, effective, and objective-based, rationalize sign-off procedures and reduce duplication of effort among the various parties.
  • Lead communication team meetings, participate in ASOC Advisory Committee meetings and participate in meetings with The Pew Charitable Trusts and other partner organizations as needed.
  • Liaise regularly with other team members and participate in team meetings as called for by the Core Management team.
  • Build and maintain a well-coordinated Digital Campaign including regular evaluation of digital/social media assets.
  • Provide digital support to partner organisations to facilitate an integrated campaign.
  • Support other team members with their digital and social media in support of the campaign.


  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in media relations and campaign communications, preferably in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Understanding of traditional and social media with a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining media lists for different countries and preferably in different languages.
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Good project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated political skills and judgment.
  • Experience of supporting a network of supporters.
  • Ability to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with agreed strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
  • Sound judgment, ability to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners.
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing), with proficiency in another relevant language (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Russian) is desirable.

Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences.

A competitive daily rate.

Expressions of interest, including a CV to [email protected]