Aquarium Conservation Partnership Request for Proposals:
ACP Consultant December 18, 2020
Overview The Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) seeks a qualified, independent consultant (the “Consultant”) to conduct program coordination, policy research and analysis and outreach support to help advance ACP’s ocean and freshwater conservation goals. This is a one-year remote contract with the possibility of extension. The Consultant will report directly to the ACP Director.
Background The Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) is a unique collaboration of 22 U.S. public aquariums designed to increase the collective impact of its members on four key conservation goals: 1. Protect ocean and freshwater ecosystems and wildlife. 2. Reduce the sources of ocean and freshwater plastic pollution. 3. Improve the sustainability of U.S. fisheries and aquaculture. 4. Combat climate change and its impacts on ocean and freshwater health. ACP uses policy change as a primary strategy for achieving its conservation goals. To accomplish this change, ACP aquariums leverage their science-based credibility with visitors and online audiences, as well as their influence with government leaders and in the business community. ACP provides information and guidance to members on policy-related issues and serves as a “strategic table” for members to co-develop and implement policy-related actions to advance shared conservation goals.
Scope of Work The Consultant will conduct the following activities: Program Coordination • Assist the ACP Director in coordinating activities of the ACP, including the preparation and facilitation of member meetings; development of outreach materials; website maintenance; among others. Policy Support • Track, research, and produce briefing documents on policy issues related to ACP conservation goals. • Produce letters to Congress, public comment documents, and other policy communications. Outreach Support • Coordinate the development of outreach materials for use by ACP members , including talking points, fact sheets, policy briefs, social media guidance, and other assets.
Qualifications Required • Demonstrated ability in coordinating and supporting effective and productive conservation programs and coalitions. • Significant knowledge of ocean and freshwater issues and policy, particularly at the federal level. • Considerable experience in policy research and analysis. • Excellent writing and communication skills. Desired • Experience with federal advocacy, including but not limited to government affairs, coalition work, and direct Capitol Hill experience. • Advanced degree in environmental science, policy, law, management, or conservation-related field.
Contract Amount Total contract amount is NTE $85,000. Seeking a 12-month commitment at approximately 30 hours per week.
Submission of Proposals • Deadline for proposals is Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5 pm Pacific Time (PT). • Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF via email with ACP Consultant and your last name in the subject line to Kim McIntyre, ACP Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries may also be made to this address. • The submitted proposal must include (as a single pdf document): 1. The name, address, telephone, and email of the applicant. 2. Statement of ability to perform required tasks (not to exceed 3 pages). 3. CV 4. A short writing sample (not to exceed 3 pages). 5. Names of 3 professional references. Finalists may be contacted for interviews by the ACP selection committee. Expected start date is February 1, 2021.