Program Manager, DEI Initiatives – Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a nonprofit organization that represents the multi-sectoral ocean science, technology, and education community. With the reputation for being a credible source of information for policymakers in the nation’s capital, COL advocates for sound ocean policy and wise investment in ocean science, infrastructure, and education.

Additionally, COL has a rich history of managing community-wide ocean research and technology programs in partnership with the federal government, private foundations, and businesses. Through program administration of these initiatives, COL has facilitated countless national and international scientific discoveries in the areas of ocean exploration, ocean observing, marine biodiversity, and informal education.


The Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives will lead the planning and development of an exciting new collaborative program for systemic change in the ocean STEM community. Working with an established group of core partners, this position will lead development of an implementation plan to accomplish the lofty goals of this program targeted at university undergraduates and two-year college students. The key activities of this position include:

  • Organizing convenings and other dialogues to gather community and expert input to inform the program priorities and implementation.
  • Building partnerships with organizations that will contribute to or benefit from this initiative, for example, Minority Serving Institutions, COL member institutions, federal agencies, industry, philanthropy, and ocean science/STEM community-based organizations.
  • Develop a program plan that aligns science and learning goals with vessel and technology opportunities, professional development opportunities with workforce needs of the blue economy, and evaluation with understanding program impact on student achievement and community change.
  • Participate in proposal development and other fundraising activities.

This is a one-year term position that depending on successful raising of program support may transition to a permanent position to lead program implementation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably in a scientific, technical or policy related discipline and at least two years’ experience in providing support to a scientific, marine, or education program (or equivalent science training and management experience).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Initiative, creativity, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, scientists, educators, government officials, private organizations, and academic institutions.
  • Proven problem-solving capabilities with the ability to exercise good, independent judgment on courses of action, and to exhibit a proactive approach to assigned projects.
  • General savviness with online collaborative workspaces and virtual convening platforms (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets) and document composition (Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat).


  • Higher degree (Masters, PhD), preferably in a field related to ocean science, ocean engineering, and/or STEM education.
  • Experience in STEM education programs, particularly those aimed at opportunities for underserved students and communities.
  • Knowledge of the ocean observing enterprise and ocean science communities.
  • Experience convening groups to build agreement around common goals and priorities.
  • Demonstrated success building coalitions or collaboration across many different types of partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with Minority Serving Institutions, Minority Serving Societies, and/or Community Organizations.

This position is based in the Washington D.C. office with occasional overnight travel. Remote work may be considered if it is determined to be strategically advantageous to the program and/or organization.

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers a competitive salary and benefit program, including comprehensive, affordable health care through medical and dental; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

COL is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. COL considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to with the subject line, “Program Manager, DEI Initiatives”. Application review will begin March 15.

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