Position Announcement

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.
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International Conference: Antarctica Today and Tomorrow (in Paris on June 29th)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the distant land of Antarctica.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is hosting a one-day conference in Paris on June 29th to celebrate France’s leadership in the protection of Antarctica and to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of French polar conservation leader Michel Rocard.…

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Major Victory for Protection of the Southern Ocean

Friday 28 October, Hobart, Australia: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.

“CCAMLR made history today by declaring the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting penguins, seals, whales and countless other creatures,” said Andrea Kavanagh, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts Antarctic and Southern Ocean work.…

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PRESS RELEASE: Global Momentum to Protect the Antarctic Ocean Builds as International Talks Begin

Hobart, Australia, Monday October 17, 2016,: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is calling on nations to secure the future of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, at the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) currently meeting in Hobart, Australia.

This week, representatives from 25 governments are gathering in Hobart to address three proposed marine protected areas, amounting to more than five million square kilometers of Antarctic waters.…

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Vale Michel Rocard, father of Antarctic protection, 1930-2016

Some say Antarctica is the last pristine wilderness left on the planet. It is the only place in the world where the environment and science are prioritised both on the continent and in the surrounding Southern Ocean. How did this region escape war, human destruction, mineral exploitation and rampant development?

The answer is that Antarctica is home to one of the most successful international agreements: The Protocol of Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.…

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Despite substantial movement from China on Antarctic Conservation, Southern Ocean progress remains stalled while protection efforts expand around world

HOBART, 30 October 2015 – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and in East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart.

However, a statement of support by China for a revised Ross Sea Proposal– which has in past years actively blocked this proposal, and a statement of commitment by Russia for inter-sessional discussion of the proposal, has given hope to a process that has thus far been clouded by inaction, uncertainty and active blocking.…

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What Antarctica teaches me about politics

By Daniel W. Drezner

The aesthetic pleasures of a cruise to Antarctica are considerable. The scenery is majestic. The animal life – whales, seals and lots and lots and lots of penguins – is simply adorable. And I’m never giving another dime to National Geographic, because even a photographic newbie can produce calendar-worthy pictures. …

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