Jobs & Internships

Communications Coordinator

We are seeking a communications coordinator with experience using creative strategies and tactics to achieve short and long-term strategic goals.

In 2020 we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. During this time we have built a diverse network of community based fishermen and allies; raised the profile of community based fishermen as the stewards of the ocean; created innovative models such as Community Supported Fisheries; launched campaigns to end corporate control of our ocean, seafood, and fishing rights; and sparked a movement to include seafood in food system conversations.

Today, we serve in the role of backbone support for the Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC), a decentralized network that has grown beyond the boundaries of the Northwest Atlantic ocean region and now represents hundreds of thousands of fishing families across North America and beyond. All this has led us to the decision to change our name to the North American Marine Alliance. We have much to celebrate and still much to do. We will be looking to our new communications coordinator to play a key role in ensuring the voices of those who lead our work are heard, the movements we are a part of are sustained, and our strategic goals are achieved. 

The right person:

  • Brings a deep commitment to racial equity and social, economic, environmental, and food justice;
  • Understands the significance of community organizing;

  • Honors voices of grassroots communities;

  • Has a knack for storytelling;

  • Is committed to NAMA’s work, philosophy, the policy transformations we seek, and the market avenues we are pursuing;   

  • Has exceptional interpersonal and deep listening skills, and emotional intelligence; and,

  • Is eager to mobilize and organize our base to take action.

The individual will report to the Coordinating Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead efforts to develop and execute an organizational-level communications strategy 

  • Work closely with National Program Coordinator to provide communications support to our organizing work

  • Manage NAMA’s online presence including but not limited to website(s), e-newsletters (including database management and monitoring engagement), blogs, social media, reports, webinars, Flickr library, and YouTube channel

  • Hire and/or supervise temporary communications associates, interns, photographers, videographers, etc. as needed

  • Cultivate, strengthen, and manage NAMA’s relationships with members of the press; write press releases/statements, arrange interviews, and create media resources 

  • Play a central role in planning, execution, and listing of events including our Seafood Throwdowns; fundraising events; fisheries and food system events; key partner events such as the Local Seafood Summit and Slow Fish Gatherings; America the Bountiful Tour sequels, etc.

  • Assist with creating content, editing, and designing grant reports and proposals, annual reports, and other fundraising materials 

  • Support scheduling, agenda development, note-taking, and follow-up for various internal and network-based meetings 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of peoples and groups

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and dismantling racism and all forms of marginalization of peoples

  • 3-5 years professional experience leading or playing an integral role in communications for mission-driven organization(s) with strong preference for experience with organizations engaged in community organizing 

  • Personal, professional and/or academic knowledge of ecologically responsible fisheries, sustainable seafood, food systems, sustainability, environmental stewardship, economic justice, or other relevant field

  • Highly organized; attention to detail; deadline-oriented 

  • Portfolio of creative communications products, including interaction with media, with proven impact 

  • Proficient at keeping track of multiple and synergistic projects at one time 

  • Comfortable working with a virtual team, ability to work independently with direction but minimum daily supervision

  • Able to travel to in-person meetings and events frequently, including occasional evenings and weekends 

  • Strong skills and experience in research, writing, public speaking, policy advocacy, and/or organizing people around an issue

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and various social media platforms; experience with Basecamp and Drupal preferred

  • Graphic design and photo editing experience; proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred

LOCATION 

Negotiable and preferably within a reasonable travel distance to NAMA’s office in Gloucester, MA. Although this position can be based in the Gloucester office, due to the decentralized nature of our organization most NAMA staff work remotely from home offices or other suitable locations. The Gloucester office is an open space storefront location in downtown Gloucester.

SALARY & BENEFITS

NAMA is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. We carefully consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, class, national origin, family status, age, disability, marital status, ancestry, veteran status, or sexual orientation. We celebrate and respect different experiences and cultures across this diversity and will work to create a culture in which all people feel supported, recognized, and rewarded in making their best contributions to the mission of our organization.
 
The Communications Coordinator is a full-time, exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Salary commensurate with experience. Although NAMA does not provide health insurance directly, we do reimburse staff for their health care premium costs. NAMA offers generous holiday, sick leave, and personal time leave. 

TO BE CONSIDERED 

Please send cover letter outlining why you are the right person for this role and why you chose NAMA, resume, no less than three work samples (e.g. files/links with writings, photos, memes or videos), salary requirements, and three references to Niaz Dorry, NAMA’s Coordinating Director via email only to jobs@namanet.org by July 1, 2019.

The position will be open until filled.


Social Networking & Digital Media Intern

Is Facebook a verb for you? Do your thumbs do most of the walking? Interested in applying your social change values to the ocean? We may have an internship just for you! NAMA is a small organization doing some pretty big work and fighting some pretty big guns. Our Who Fishes Matters campaign is gaining ground in the fight against the industrialization of our ocean. Through online social networks and other web tools, you will support our grassroots efforts to sustain this work by recruiting, organizing and mobilizing people to take action.

Responsibilities

Use online tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, and blogs to promote and publicize our work. Recruit and engage online activists to turn them into on-the-ground activists! You will also work with our staff to update our website with press, blogs, events, etc. and write content.

Qualifications 

Familiarity with blogs, online social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and other “web 2.0” tools. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Strong online research skills. 

Location 

This is the virtual world and you can potentially work from anywhere! But we do require occasional human contact with our staff in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

How to Apply

Start date is negotiable. This is an unpaid internship. To be considered for this internship, please send a cover letter letting us know why you are the right person for this internship along with your resume to internships (a) namanet (org) org.