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Job Announcement
Posted: April 29, 2024
Washington Maritime Blue
Quiet Sound Program Manager
Location: Must be in Washington – Seattle, WA preferred
Closing Date: Open until filled with Priority Deadline of May 27, 2024
Compensation: $72,100 – $90,000 plus comprehensive benefits
Direct Applicants Only – No Third-Party Agencies
**See below under Additional Information for how to apply**
Washington Maritime Blue
Washington Maritime Blue is a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate innovation and
sustainability in support of an inclusive blue economy. With a mission to implement Washington
State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy delivered by Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation
Advisory Council, we are a partnership between industry, public sector, research & training
institutions, and community organizations. Maritime Blue works to create a world-class, thriving,
equitable, and sustainable maritime and ocean industry through knowledge sharing, joint
innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization, business, and workforce development.
Quiet Sound
Maritime Blue hosts the Quiet Sound Program, a collaborative program to reduce the impacts to
Southern Resident killer whales from large commercial vessels. The goal of the Quiet Sound
program is to better understand and reduce the cumulative effects of acoustic and physical
disturbances from large commercial vessels on Southern Resident Orcas throughout their range
in Washington State. The program is staffed by Maritime Blue employees, guided by a
Leadership Committee representing major stakeholders in large commercial shipping, tribes,
state and federal agencies, and NGOs, and supported by an Advisory Group of a broad group of
Position Description
The Washington Maritime Blue Quiet Sound Program Manager will work with the Quiet Sound
Program Director to advance the development and implementation of Quiet Sound. This role will
be responsible for supporting the Leadership Committee members and Advisory Group in the
development and project management of key projects through a collaborative process. The
Program Manager will support public and private fundraising efforts, communications,
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contracting, research and reporting in coordination with project partners and the Maritime Blue
team. This position will report to the Quiet Sound Program Director.
The type of projects this Program Manager will administer include our work in:
● Voluntary operational measures for commercial vessels, such as the Admiralty Inlet
● Whale detection and alerts to commercial mariners, including visual, acoustic, thermal
imaging detection streams
Duty areas:
Quiet Sound projects:
● Lead the prep, implementation, and follow-up for the voluntary vessel slowdown program
by managing daily logistics, delegating tasks, coordinating with project
partners/stakeholders, etc.
● Lead the on-going efforts to improve the Whale Report Alert System by managing daily
logistics, delegating tasks, coordinating with project partners/stakeholders, etc.
● Facilitate partner/stakeholder meetings relating to project implementation
● Support the Program Director in grant management and reporting relating to specific
● Coordinate work with subcontractors for Quiet Sound projects
● Review scientific and technical resources and translate findings into recommendations
for the Quiet Sound Director and Leadership Committee
● Communicate with many different kinds of stakeholders and program partners which
include mariners, maritime organizations, researchers, NGOs, governments, ports, etc.
Quiet Sound administration:
● Support the Quiet Sound Program Director in managing the Quiet Sound Leadership
Committee and Advisory Group through preparing for meetings, facilitating, and
coordinating meeting follow-up
● Support the fundraising efforts for Quiet Sound by assisting in applying for grants,
foundation outreach, and pursuing state/federal funding opportunities
● Support the Quiet Sound Program Director in strategic planning and budget management
for the overall program
● Support Quiet Sound external communications through public presentations and
developing communications materials such as newsletters, website updates,
one-pagers, and social media posts in coordination with Quiet Sound team and Maritime
Blue communications team
● Represent Quiet Sound in external committees and work groups, both local and
transboundary groups with Canada
Maritime Blue operations:
● Support Maritime Blue operations by attending internal meetings and participating in a
staff committee, student mentorship, member events
This is an opportunity for an individual with excellent project management experience to make a
significant impact for the benefit of endangered cetaceans. The successful candidate will lead
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projects and support programs, work collaboratively with a large and diverse group of members,
partners, and stakeholders. Specific background and experience preferred include:
● Subject matter expertise in whales, commercial maritime, and/or underwater noise is
great- but also great to show us how you have approached becoming a subject matter
expert in another topic in a previous professional role
● Experience in project management preferably in the maritime, ocean, and/or
environmental sectors
● Highly organized; a driving force who manages toward clarity and solutions
● Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in
measurable successes and program growth
● Excellent communication skills, able to communicate complex scientific information to
various audiences
● Excellent writing skills
● Experience in working collaboratively with internal and external teams to move a project
● Grant writing experience and knowledge
● A successful track record in managing a project budget as part of a broader program
● A team player with a flexible and creative approach
● Professional experience with systems and tools like Microsoft Office, Google Workspace,
Trello, Keela and Monday
● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Washington Maritime
Blue’s mission and focus on the values of diversity, equity and inclusion
You will feel prepared to take on this role if you have experience in:
● Working independently while maintaining effective working relationships with
co-workers, supervisors, customers, and the public
● Engaging multi-stakeholder/partner groups that are mission driven to successfully
create and implement strategic and operational plans, deliver excellence in project
development and planning
● Working effectively with colleagues and partners from the full range of differences
reflected in our community, including but not limited to ability status, age,
economic/social class, English proficiency, race/ethnicity, family status, gender identity
and expression, national origin/citizenship status, religion/spiritual expression, and
sexual orientation
You will be successful if you feel passionate about:
● Working for industry growth and investment, addressing climate action and ecological
health, and equitable community development in the maritime and ocean sectors – the
Blue Economy
● Working with diverse perspectives, including: industry, government, research, non-profit
and community leaders; labor organizations, tribes, elected officials, investors,
educators, youth and co-workers
Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:
● Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, while working in a fast-paced environment
on a cross-functional team
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● Use creative problem-solving and demonstrate exceptional results with limited resources
● Be efficient, resilient, and flexible
● Take a consultative and customer service-oriented approach to problem-solving
● Successfully manage competing priorities
● Work in an environment that is welcoming, open, transparent, curious, collaborative,
challenging, results-driven, and fun!
● Create, nurture, and leverage deep relationships throughout the region’s maritime, ocean,
technology and manufacturing sectors along with a diversity of community and youth
Work Environment
Washington Maritime Blue is headquartered in Seattle, WA with partners, stakeholders, projects
and sites across the state of Washington. The Quiet Sound team supports the options of
in-person or remote work with the expectation that staff can meet regularly in person (at least
once/week at the Seattle office).
● Office Environment with occasional project site visits (exposure to computer screens)
● Occasional, optional opportunities to go on boats and ships for a day trip related to
project work (about 3x year)
● Must be able to travel domestically. International travel may be an option.
● Noise level is usually moderate
● Must be able to comply with organizational vaccination requirement while in office (and
prepared to comply with mask mandates in the future if needed)
Commitment to Equity and Social Justice
Washington Maritime Blue is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
workplace. This includes addressing institutional racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of
systemic oppression and individual prejudice. This work is ongoing and continually adjusted to
meet the needs of our staff and stakeholders. We seek employees who think critically about
their own cultural lens and can communicate effectively with people of different backgrounds
and abilities. An ideal candidate will be committed to providing equitable engagement to our
stakeholders, community, and clients. We are looking to receive applications from individuals
with diverse arrays of experiences. All applicants will have the opportunity to attend an
information session with Maritime Blue staff to hear more about the organization, the position,
and ask questions of the team.
Additional Information
To be considered for this position, please submit a single pdf with a cover letter and resume to
info@maritimeblue.org. Use the subject line and name the attached file using ”Your
Name_Quiet Sound Program Manager Position.” Applications will be read on a
first-come-first-served basis and the position will remain open until filled. In your cover letter,
please describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities
and qualifications outlined in this job announcement.
Maritime Blue will be hosting an Informational Session regarding this position on May 20, 2024.
Advanced registration is required. Register for the info session here.
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Who may apply
Washington Maritime Blue encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of
color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with
diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum
qualifications. Washington Maritime Blue values diverse perspectives and life experiences.
Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex,
marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, ages, sexual orientation, or gender
Direct applicants only, please no third-party applications.
Please Contact: devon@maritimeblue.org