The Marine Technology Society (MTS) believes that advancements in the development and use of marine technologies are essential to support responsible and sustainable use of the ocean. Founded in 1963, we are an international professional society that provides members of academia, government, and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Our members are engineers, scientists, technologists, policy makers, and educators on the leading-edge of technology design and application. MTS members work within the full spectrum of ocean and subsea technologies that support sustainable ocean use, ranging from offshore energy to dynamic positioning, ocean robotics to buoys, and many more.
In 2023 the MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition will join MTS as a fully integrated division within the Society. For more than 20 years, the MATE Competition has given children, youth, and young adults an inclusive platform to think critically about real-world problems in a way that strengthens communication, builds peer-to-peer community, and inspires entrepreneurship. Since its inauguration, the annual competition has reached more than 20,000 students in 46 regions around the world.
The Role MTS seeks a full-time Communications Manager to join our small and mighty headquarters team. The Communications Manager is the lead creator, producer, and distributor of Society digital newsletters, messages, stories, and online content. The successful incumbent must have excellent communication, storytelling, and writing skills and a knack for developing compelling and relatable content. The ideal candidate has experience implementing a communications strategy for a membership organization and a familiarity with the ocean science and technology community. The Manager can be based anywhere in the US, with a preference for contiguous time zones.
The Communications Manager will be responsible for the layout and content for all MTS websites, develop and curate content for social media outlets, and develop strategic and tactical digital communications (emails, digital newsletters, press releases). This will include curating and implementing the existing MTS Communications Strategy, with a major focus on delivering clear, concise, and consistent messages that elevate the MTS brand, drive growth within existing MTS revenue channels (membership, conferences, competitions, online store), and expand public understanding of the importance of marine technology.
This includes the following essential functions, and other duties as assigned:
Social media management — Develop consistent and curated content, manage operations of, and ensure sustained growth of MTS digital marketing, community building, and competition participant engagement via social media channels. In close collaboration with staff and volunteers, lead the planning and execution of social media campaigns that elevate MTS brand recognition, convert audience into Society members, expand the MTS online community, and position the Society and its leadership as thought leaders.
Member and community communications — Manage content creation and workflow for Society communication with membership, competition participants, alumni, and the broader marine technology community (digital newsletters, email, blog posts, websites). Work with members & program participants to create engaging and original human interest pieces, including career profiles, alumni features, and company spotlights. Own the content pipeline from idea to execution, including writing, design, and editing of content, selection/creation of visual elements for communications, coordinating of editing and proofreading, management of web content, and operation of email platforms.
Data management, analysis, and reporting — Monitor and report on key engagement metrics related to newsletter, website, and social media consumption. Adapt communications strategy and tactics in response to market and community shifts. Manage and optimize MTS’ leverage of Google Ad Grant, Amazon Smile, and related programs.
Cross-program collaboration – Work with MTS colleagues to develop competition, conference, product, and membership marketing and promotional materials, including web forms, applications, welcome kits, and other collateral. With colleagues, communicate MTS program needs, services, and pertinent information via website, digital newsletters, and other communication vehicles to members, competition alumni, and the public.
Travel — Domestic travel up to three weeks per year to support MTS presence at tradeshows, competitions, conferences, for the purposes of recruiting new members, bolstering public recognition of MTS impact, and ensuring maximum and sustained value for existing individual and organizational members, sponsors, and partners.
What you bring to the role
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution (preference for ocean science, public relations, communications, or related disciplines), and at least three years of full-time experience in marketing, communications, or public relations; or, an Associate’s degree and at least five years of relevant, full-time experience.
A passion for the oceans and a hunger to learn about ideas and developments at the cutting-edge of marine technology.
Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to draft concise, compelling messages.
An understanding of technical content and the ability to make complex ideas understandable.
Keen attention to detail as well as demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
Basic HTML skills; an understanding of SEO, and proficiency using content management systems (e.g., WordPress, HubSpot) and/or association management software (e.g., Member Clicks).
Proficiency using MS products and graphic design software (Canva, Adobe products) to produce compelling and attractive promotional material and member-facing content.
Demonstrated ability to collect, interpret, and extract key details from myriad data to inform the refinement of near- and long-range communication strategies. Ability to define and adapt tactics to support successful execution of strategies.
Pride in your attention to detail, ability to solve problems (sometimes with incomplete information), and desire to inform decisions with the best available data.
What we have to offer
Salary commensurate with experience and negotiable, expected to be $70-75k per year, with annual bonus opportunities.
MTS staff work flexible hours, fully remote, and with access to co-working space in select cities.
403(b) retirement match up to 5%, vested immediately.
100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision for you (90% employer paid for dependents)
The Marine Technology Society (MTS) believes that advancements in the development and use of marine technologies are essential to support responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. Founded in 1963, we are an international professional society that provides members of academia, government, and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Our members are engineers, scientists, technologists, policy makers, and educators on the leading-edge of technology design, development, and application. MTS members work within the full spectrum of ocean and subsea technologies that support sustainable ocean use; ranging from offshore energy to dynamic positioning, ocean robotics to buoys, and many more.