Director of Communications and Outreach

FLSA Status:  Full-time, Exempt
Location: Provincetown and Remote Hybrid

The Director of Communications and Outreach works under the general direction of the Executive Director to oversee communications, community engagement, and activities to build support, raise awareness, and further the mission of the Center for Coastal Studies. The Director identifies and implements strategies to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, goals, and accomplishments to its stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, partners, and the public; and to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and the media. The Director is responsible for the identification and implementation of a successful marketing strategy across all platforms and areas of public interaction. In addition, the position coordinates with and supports the Development Team, ensuring that Development activities are integrated into the overall communications and outreach strategy. The Director provides direct support to CCS scientific staff by serving as the first point of contact and coordinator for media and other public interactions.

Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Develop communications and marketing plan coordinated with CCS Development Department;
  • Collaborate with and manage marketing consultants to develop a marketing strategy and brand guidelines, and to ensure consistency in branding across all platforms;
  • Manage production, distribution, and internal organization of CCS media content;
  • Update and manage the CCS website;
  • Provide timely and effective social media posts and interactions;
  • Produce and distribute digital and print advertising content;
  • Engage with radio, print media, television and online community outlets;
  • Create regularly scheduled and as-needed email campaigns;
  • Coordinate and assist in arranging speaking engagements and media appearances for CCS scientists and staff;
  • Track and select opportunities for CCS to participate in community level events such as seasonal fairs, festivals and holiday events;
  • Manage and staff CCS presence at community events;
  • Provide support to the development department in coordinating and managing fundraising events like the Homeport Gala and private events hosted by CCS supporters;
  • Handle and screen inquiries and offers, and develop meaningful programs and partnerships with current and new community, business, creative, and other collaborating individuals and organizations.
  • Supervision of Kiosk Manager.

Exceptional candidates will be familiar with the work of the Center for Coastal Studies or similar institutions; offer a strong background in marketing, community outreach and/or communications; and offer proficiency in written communication and other content production, including careful attention to accuracy, proofreading, and language usage. Preference will be given to applicants with the vision and ability to maximize delivery of CCS programs based on the Center’s scientific expertise and issues of interest and concern to the local/regional/global community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, public administration, marketing, or a related field or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum four (4) years of progressively responsible work experience in three or more of the following: marketing, public relations, communications, community outreach, publicity management.
  • A portfolio of written projects, websites developed, social media pages, and video or graphic products

Preferred Qualifications

Four or more years of experience working for a nonprofit organization, preferably science-based, including working with Public policy process, local and regional governments, and marine environmental issues, experience working with a Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and the public.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, techniques and methods of public information, integrated marketing, communications, community and media relations, and public education;
  • Methods, operational characteristics, services, and activities necessary for effective community outreach such as messaging and branding;
  • Public policy process, local and regional government, and marine environmental issues;
  • Principles and practices of public speaking, public presentations, and event planning;
  • Principles, practices, and methods of writing, reviewing, publishing, and disseminating a variety of informational materials including news releases, graphics and written copy;
  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Skills Required

  • Familiarity with digital analytics and platform advertising,;
  • Member and public outreach: listserv management; email campaigns; flyer design;
  • Website design and maintenance: Word Press, Drupal, JavaScript, SQL, HTML;
  • Digital and print content production and layout software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe suite;
  • Image and video editing software;
  • YouTube account management;
  • Zoom, Facebook streaming, basic stage and audio setup;
  • Contracts for services for events (lighting, sound, recording, filming).

Ability to:

  • Prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence, reports, presentations, proposals, ads, event programs, and press releases;
  • Deal tactfully and maintain effective working and diplomatic relations with various levels of staff, volunteers, the public, civic organizations, and representatives from governmental, industry, media, and other agencies;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the rights of individuals and differences in people’s ethnic and cultural heritage, attitudes, beliefs, goals, and interests;
  • Promote teamwork, a positive work environment, and collaborative problem solving.

Salary: $70,000 – $85,000.

The Center for Coastal Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences and backgrounds is a key asset.

Send CV/Resume and cover Letter to:  [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Marine Fisheries Research Program Research Assistant

Category: 12-month, full-time.
May 2023 – April 2024 with possible option to renew.

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) Marine Fisheries Research Program is offering a unique opportunity to join a small but dynamic team as we expand our community-based collaborative research program. Marine Fisheries Research (MFR) projects involve cooperative research and education, working directly with fishermen and shellfish farmers, primarily in the Cape Cod region. The program fosters collaboration and understanding between fishermen and scientists by actively seeking out partnerships and providing a neutral forum for discussion.

The Research Assistant will work full-time (40 hrs/wk) with the MFR Program Director, scientists at CCS and other partner organizations, as well as commercial fishermen and shellfish farmers in the Cape Cod region. This is a new position with potential for growth, opportunities for graduate student research and authorship of publications. Ample opportunities exist for program and position expansion, as well as integration with other CCS programs such as our Marine Debris and Shark Ecology Programs, depending on the candidate’s skills and interests. The position features flexible hours (dependent on fieldwork) and a non-traditional work environment. Responsibilities will include coordinating and participating in fieldwork, laboratory work, data entry and management, preliminary data exploration and analysis, and assisting with preparation of reports and peer-reviewed publications. This position requires an individual to have a bachelor’s degree in marine science or related field and prior experience working on the water. The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience.


  • Working with the Director to coordinate and execute fieldwork on land and at sea;
  • Data entry, management and preliminary exploration/analysis, generating tables and figures for reports and peer-reviewed publications.

Job Requirements:

  • Familiarity with and interest in science and policy related to marine fisheries;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and R;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Attention to detail in written and oral communication.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in marine science or related field.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Able to lift 50 and drag 100 pounds, work outside or at sea for shifts of up to 12 hours.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Send CV or resume and cover letter to: [email protected].
Application Deadline May 19, 2023.  No phone calls please.

The Center for Coastal Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences and backgrounds is a key asset.



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