NEP seeks Community Relations Manager-CLOSED

Community Relations Manager Position- CLOSED

Background: The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is to promote wise stewardship of water quality and living resources of the Mobile Bay and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Established as part of the Clean Water Act and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its state and local partners, MBNEP helps lead local efforts to preserve ecological integrity in coastal Alabama. It is a catalyst for activities of estuary stakeholders, helping to build sound resource management and leverage investment to ensure the health of the estuary. MBNEP’s purpose is to encourage a community-based approach to watershed management by citizens, grassroots organizations, government agencies, industry and educational institutions working together to address local environmental challenges. MBNEP’s early objectives were to engage these groups in the development of a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP).
The CCMP is a watershed-based action plan presenting a broad range of strategies to be pursued by federal, state, local and private agencies and organizations for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of Mobile Bay’s coastal resources. With this plan in place, MBNEP’s role is to partner with many different stakeholders, locally, regionally and nationally, to implement the actions identified in the CCMP, coordinate and communicate local needs and actions on a regional and national level, and to improve understanding about this unique estuarine ecosystem and its role in sustaining coastal Alabama’s environmental and economic health. Program activities include promoting watershed-scale, science-based measures to improve water quality and living resource populations, management of critical habitats, and increasing citizen stewardship within the watershed. MBNEP facilitates community consensus building and comprehensive watershed planning and implementation.
A major component of MBNEP’s role within the community is the ability to cultivate relationships and garner investment in estuary activities from federal, state and local government; private industry, academia and community organizations. This role requires preserving the fine balance of cultural, economic and environmental diversity that make coastal Alabama a unique and desirable place to live and do business. The MBNEP must create a sense of ownership for the Mobile Bay estuary, one of 28 nationally significant estuaries across the United States, bridging local, state, regional and federal organizations in ensuring this estuary’s long term health.

Responsibilities: This position will play a key role in the development of government and private sector partnerships and investment in achieving the objectives of the current CCMP. The successful candidate will have a passion for issues related to environmental sustainability.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or related field; at least five years community relations experience in devising, formulating and implementing communications/engagement strategies; knowledge of local and regional environmental issues; familiarity with a wide range of communication tools and approaches; demonstrated success in communicating complex issues in an easily understood and engaging way using diverse media channels (print, radio, web, TV, etc.); and excellent written and oral communication skills

Salary range: Negotiable Job Location: 118 North Royal St., Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602

Closing Date: Friday, January 24, 2014 . A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Employment Application may be downloaded from the DISL website ( or requested by phone, fax, or email. Return application along with cover letter and resume to: Ms. Roberta Arena Swann, Director, or email The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program/Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. DISL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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