Director of Ocean Policy Impact Fellow

Remote - Washington, DC


Application closes on December 7, 2022 at 12:00pm ET.

Washington D.C. – Full-Time – In-person or hybrid preferred, remote option available


The FAS Day One Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a 1 year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join the Executive Office of the President team within the Council on Environmental Quality . The Fellow will advise the Chair of CEQ, the Senior Director for Water, and other senior EOP leaders on ocean issues, and facilitate the work of the Ocean Policy Council.


  • Coordinating, implementing and overseeing efforts to protect, conserve and maintain or improve the health of America’s ocean.

  • Acting as a liaison with Tribal, State, local, and foreign governmental representatives,  and Congressional offices on ocean policy issues.

  • Coordinating federal ocean policy with other federal agencies, to include the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the  Interior and other agencies, including those within the Executive Office of the President;

  • Preparing Congressional testimony, assisting in responding to Congressional requests and analyzing proposed legislation on ocean policy and water issues; and

  • Providing science-based information, analysis, and advice to the CEQ Chair, the White House and members of the Executive Office of the President on environmental policy issues, particularly those involving the ocean, fisheries, water and NEPA.

  • Supporting the work of the Ocean Policy Council.


Knowledge Required by the Position 

  • Experience in interpreting and implementing a variety of federal laws relating the marine environment, fisheries, climate change, and natural resource management.

  • Ability to organize and coordinate environmental policy development and advise the CEQ Chair, the Senior Director for Water, the CEQ Chief of Staff and others on all such activities;

  • Ability to assume a leadership position in dealing with representatives of federal agencies, Congress, State, local and Tribal governments, and members of the public on behalf of CEQ; and

  • Ability to perform a wide range of assignments, with limited assistance and supervision, in a wide-ranging, fast-moving environment.

Supervisory Controls 

  • The incumbent reports to the Senior Director for Water. Incumbent works independently and assumes responsibility for planning, coordinating and carrying out projects and informing the Senior Director for Water of progress as appropriate. A Director at CEQ is an authoritative professional in environmental policy. The work, therefore, must be technically accurate and is often not subjected to detailed, substantive review. Work products must also be carefully reviewed for adherence to broad Administration policy.


  • Guidelines are broadly stated and specific, e.g. broad policy statements and basic legislation, which require extensive interpretation. The incumbent must use judgment and ingenuity in interpreting the intent of guides available. Frequently, the incumbent must modify, develop and interpret guidelines. 


  • A Director at CEQ helps conceive, plan, and coordinate policy initiatives of national significance. Policy issues in the areas of ocean policy are often characterized by high levels of public interest and national controversy. The Director is able to, with modest supervision from the Senior Director, evaluate and interpret policies, projects and studies, and develop a range of alternatives for the solution of policy problems. The work aids high-level policy makers, including the Chair of CEQ, in interpreting and analyzing policy problems that focus on improving governmental operation and management of federal environmental programs and policies.

Scope and Effect 

  • The purpose of the work performed by a Director at CEQ is to help the Senior Director initiate, plan and conduct oversight of all federal agencies' environmental decision making and prepare policy program studies of national impact. The work of the Director ultimately informs the highest-level federal decision makers with authoritative information and analysis. Work includes the development of legislation, Executive Orders, Congressional testimony and Presidential messages.

Personal Contacts/Purpose of Contacts

  • The incumbent is responsible for maintaining day-to-day liaison with CEQ, EOP and interdepartmental staffs as well as with leaders in academia, non-governmental organizations, and businesses.

  • The purpose of contacts is to effectively promote and advance CEQ’s and the Administration’s message on environmental policy.

  • Contacts are made with CEQ policy officials to inform them of progress, potential controversy, or far-reaching implications of informational materials generated by the incumbent and released to the American public through the news media. 

Physical Demands

  • The work is primarily sedentary in nature. 

Work Environment

  • The work is performed in an office or conference room setting which is adequately  heated, lighted and ventilated.


Unfortunately, FAS is unable to consider current federal employees for the FAS Impact Fellowship.


This fellowship will provide a salary for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate of $175,000 per year. The Impact Fellow will receive additional compensation of $2,000 per month to account for health and living expenses. Additional information about the Fellowship can be found in our FAQ


Incumbent will be subject to a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) or Tier 5  equivalent investigation which must be favorably adjudicated.


To apply, please submit your interest here. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.


The FAS Impact Fellowship is a selective fellowship program that supports the development and placement of emerging scientific and technical talent within high-impact roles across the federal government. From education to clean energy, immigration, wildfire resilience, national security, and fair housing, Impact Fellows are serving across a variety of federal agencies in roles that augment existing government teams as they confront some of the greatest scientific and social challenges of our time.