Urban Ocean Lab (UOL) is looking for a resourceful and
experienced Policy Lead with a background working with community
organizations in cities on climate and/or resiliency policy.
Coastal city experience a plus! We are particularly interested in
individuals who are ‘doers’ that take initiative, enjoy
collaboration, are comfortable working independently, and are
skilled at balancing and executing competing priorities. Candidates
who are BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and have strong connections to
coastal cities are warmly encouraged to apply.
ABOUT URBAN OCEAN LAB
Storms, flooding, rising seas, and erosion fueled by climate
change are already affecting coastal cities — disproportionately
impacting historically-disadvantaged communities. These changes are
sometimes dramatic (like a hurricane) but more often incremental
(like sea level rise), which can mask the urgent need for action,
and coastal cities remain unprepared for increasing climate risks.
UOL is a think tank working with scientists, policy makers,
designers, and community organizations to develop rigorous,
creative, practical, and equitable climate and ocean policy for the
future of coastal cities. Please see https://urbanoceanlab.org for
UOL is an independent operating project of the nonprofit
umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized
nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that
conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (https://mulitplier.org).
UOL develops and analyzes policy to help coastal cities and
communities prepare for and adapt to climate change. Our work
focuses on five key policy areas: preparing for sea level rise and
erosion; protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems; adapting and
building more resilient infrastructure; scaling offshore renewable
energy; and increasing community resilience. We take a “people
first” approach, and our work is guided by the principles and
practices of social and environmental justice.
While UOL is involved in wide ranging activities, right now,
we’re particularly focused on:
- Developing a “Blue New Deal” for Coastal Cities, drawing on
case studies of coastal cities around the world to create a
framework with model policies and best practices for climate-ready
- Building an ocean-climate resource hub for the future of
climate-ready coastal cities, with fact sheets, case studies,
toolkits, templates, policy memos, and other science- and
policy-based resources and information.
- The Ocean Justice Forum (https://www.oceanjusticeforum.info),
an initiative we are co-leading which convenes community
organizations focused on ocean justice that serve people of color
and low-income communities and national ocean NGOs to co-create a
federal ocean policy platform that centers the priorities and
insights of frontline communities, and promotes racial, economic,
and environmental justice.
UOL’s current policy team has deep expertise with federal- and
city-level ocean-climate policy, and we now seek an additional
Policy Lead with community-level experience to join our team. As a
Policy Lead, you will be responsible for developing and managing
UOL’s initiatives, projects, and partnerships, conducting policy
research and developing our policy products, bringing a community
lens and ensuring that environmental justice and equity is a key
tenet of all our work. This new position will be the fourth
full-time hire and will report to the Managing Director, who in
turn reports to the Executive Committee, which is composed of UOL’s
- Collaborate with the Managing Director and team to help shape
UOL’s policy priorities and portfolio.
- Co-lead the development of UOL’s policy products, including
memos, issue briefs, fact sheets, case studies, and more with
research, analysis, writing, and editing.
- Collaboratively develop and oversee the implementation of key
policy initiatives, creating and implementing strategic and
effective work plans; tracking progress towards short-and long-term
goals; regularly evaluating performance to measure success;
identifying roadblocks and obstacles ahead of time and working to
- Help build and manage partnerships with city governments,
agencies, and elected officials; and community-based organizations
and leaders, particularly frontline communities and environmental
justice groups — lead on community engagement efforts, as
- Compile and write compelling materials needed for grants and
other fundraising opportunities.
- Support the development of communications campaigns around
UOL’s policy work, including developing content and translating
complex or technical information into accessible, plain language
for diverse audiences.
- Assist the Managing Director with hiring efforts and help
manage research fellows and other future staff and contractors as
required, providing direction and support and creating a
collaborative and respectful work environment; provide an example
of being a supportive and helpful teammate and nurture a thriving
- Provide wide-ranging support to the Managing Director. We are a
small team and all pitch in as needed to get things done.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
You are versatile, tenacious, diplomatic, creative, humble, and
have the ability to move self‐confidently through uncharted waters.
You are able to create enthusiasm and momentum among our team and
partners so that we can efficiently implement our overarching goals
and objectives. You are comfortable both leading and working
alongside others and feel “at home” in a lean start-up environment
where you wear many hats.
We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique
skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position,
lending their flair to UOL’s trajectory. We welcome diverse
experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be
looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all,
of the following qualifications and experience:
- Working knowledge of climate, resiliency, sustainability, or
ocean policy with a strong track record of researching and
developing policy initiatives, ideally with 4+ years of experience
in a policy-related role.
- Extensive experience successfully working with community
organizations on climate resiliency policy initiatives, working at
a lean nonprofit or start-up environment a plus.
- Expertise in and/or a demonstrated knowledge of at least one of
the following areas: environmental and climate justice, community
resilience, city-level climate policy, urban
resilience/sustainability, ocean-climate issues and solutions.
- Genuine interest in and understanding of the unique challenges
facing coastal cities and communities on the frontlines of climate
change, a must.
- Excellent writing and legislative/policy research and analysis
skills; experience drafting policy and legislation preferred, but
- Demonstrated project management experience and familiarity with
project management tools.
- Developing and implementing work plans; setting goals and
tracking/reporting progress; regularly evaluating performance;
proactively identifying roadblocks and obstacles ahead of time and
- Strong communication and presentation skills, time-management,
and interpersonal skills.
- Ideally some graphic design, mapping, data analysis &
visualization and/or other applicable skills.
- A desire to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve
- Ability to work in a flexible manner in line with the
organization’s objectives and willingness to undertake other duties
as reasonably requested.
Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package,
including competitive salary ($70,000 to $90,000, depending on
experience), plus excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement
savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to
email@example.com with “Policy Lead” in the subject line by
July 1. Please know that we will review every application we
receive, and respectfully request no follow-up calls, emails,
messages, or other direct outreach to our staff or founders
regarding your application and candidacy. Please note that
applicants must be based in a U.S. coastal city and legally
authorized to work in the U.S.
Multiplier and Urban Ocean Lab celebrate diversity and are
committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a
variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and
UOL are also committed to providing an environment of mutual
respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier
and UOL prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and
activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age,
disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity,
genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status,
amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an
individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any
other non-merit based factor.