Communications Manager vacancy

TIDE is a Belizean NGO working to protect some of the most pristine coastal and marine ecosystems in Central America, including some of the healthiest coral reefs in the whole Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. TIDE works by building local capacity for conservation and fostering community participation in sustainable management of natural resources.

TIDE is one of the leading conservation organizations in the region, pioneering new approaches, such as Managed Access - the world’s first national-scale rights-based fisheries management program in a developing country. TIDE is winning international acclaim for innovation in community engagement. For example, we recently won the World Energy Globe Award for our “Freshwater Cup” competition, which involves hundreds of children each year in mini-projects to protect freshwater resources and the Mesoamerican Reef.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate and talented individual to lead the development and implementation of the communications strategy at TIDE. As a member of TIDE’s team, the communications manager plays a key role in steering the strategic direction of the organization and is responsible for communicating TIDE’s impact to wide variety of stakeholders and working with the development team to mobilizing the necessary resources for TIDE’s cutting edge programs.


  1. Develop and implement TIDE’s communications strategy
  2. Train TIDE staff and board members in communication techniques
  3. Manage TIDE’s social media platforms and write weekly stories highlighting TIDE’s work
  4. Oversee planning and implementation of TIDE’s special events with help from the Operations Manager. Special events include Fish Fest, Reef Week, and TIDE’s 20th anniversary
  5. Act as TIDE’s spokesperson to the media, under the supervision of the Executive Director
  6. Work with the development team to communicate TIDE’s impact through individual donor program
  7. Research new platforms to share TIDE’s work and impact
  8. Update TIDE’s website with new stories and materials
  9. Produce compelling and informative communications materials to highlight TIDE’s work and impact


Additional Responsibility:

  1. Perform other incidental and related duties assigned by the executive director.
  2. Enhance the organization’s public relations by actively participating in meetings, conferences and workshops related to TIDE’s mission.
  3. Participate in the preparation of 5-year strategic plans and 3-year operational plans for the organization.


The communications manager has the option to hire and oversee volunteer communications interns to support him/her in his/her duties.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

-        A minimum three years’ experience, with demonstrated success in communications.

-        Excellent writing, organizational, inter-personal and strategic thinking skills.

-        A passion for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

-        A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. fundraising, communications, English, environmental science, international development, etc.).

-        A sound understanding of environmental / development issues.

-        Initiative, energy, enthusiasm, creativity and drive.

-        Comfortable working independently

The following would be desirable:

-        Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field.

-        Experience living in a developing country and among people of other cultures.

-        Knowledge of the funding landscape in Latin American and/or the Caribbean, and contacts within the funding world.

-        Experience in graphic design


We offer competitive remuneration commensurate with qualification and experience. Additional benefits of working for TIDE include:

-        Health and life insurance.

-        Living and working in a beautiful, peaceful Caribbean town.

-        Being part of a friendly and dynamic team.

-        Contributing to impactful conservation success stories at a leading Belizean NGO.

-        Opportunities to visit the protected areas managed by TIDE.

-        Adventure in a country with pristine ecosystems, world-class snorkelling and SCUBA.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please send your résumé, cover letter and three letters of recommendation in an email with the title “TIDE communications manager” to Mrs. Celia Mahung, Executive Director, at The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. Should you have any questions, please call us on +501-722-2274 or +501-722-2431, or write to

Date: February 20, 2017 Author: admin
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