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Our people are passionate about ocean health and uniquely driven towards creating a better future. We believe in supporting them with a strong organizational culture committed to providing the best tools, structure, guidance and benefits available.

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.

Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package provides a full range of benefits to support a positive life balance.

Benefits

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life insurance
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Retirement savings plan, with matching contribution

 

  • Generous annual leave and sick time
  • Paid holidays

Project Manager | Advancement
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THE ORGANIZATION

For almost 20 years, FishWise has worked closely with businesses to advance sustainability in the seafood sector. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood, from addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, to improving traceability and mitigating risks of human rights abuses in supply chains.

FishWise achieves measurable impact by:

  • Partnering with companies to develop comprehensive seafood sustainability programs with transparent, time-bound commitments
  • Convening and connecting diverse stakeholders to drive improvements in seafood supply chain traceability and social responsibility 
  • Creating best practice guidance and resources on traceability, counter-IUU fishing (illegal, unreported, unregulated), and social responsibility

OUR VALUES

We are…

  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge of the dynamic field of sustainable seafood, creating actionable solutions for and with our business and NGO partners.
  • Advocates: We use our voice to create and advance the work of others, raising awareness of urgent topics through dialogue with organizations of diverse voices and critical opinions.
  • Passionate: We care about the wellbeing of workers and the health of the world’s oceans, and our passion inspires action and global change.
  • Solution-oriented: We value the importance of working with different stakeholders to set ambitious yet achievable goals.

We advance our mission through working…

  • Collaboratively: We partner with a wide range of companies and organizations to create and achieve shared goals together. Collective action is an essential component of lasting change.
  • Innovatively: We are bold and curious, using new skills and solutions to solve intractable problems in order to translate an ideal vision of the world into a reality.
  • Inclusively: We celebrate diversity and foster a supportive environment for all employees.
  • Transparently: We are committed to being open and honest about decision making.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Project Manager will be responsible for supporting multiple areas of fund development in support of FishWise programs and operations. The Project Manager, in close collaboration with the Fund Development team, will help sustain current funders and help cultivate opportunities to support and increase FishWise’s operating budget. The Project Manager will prioritize and track new funding sources and philanthropic trends, while creating and maintaining internal systems to support donor relations and the securing of revenue. The ideal candidate will have experience identifying and applying for U.S. government grants, including maintaining connections with other non-profit organizations to create successful prime/sub relationships.

Reporting 

This position reports to the Director.

Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Fund Development team, the Project Manager will:

  • Research, prioritize, and support grant writing for FishWise operations and programs
  • Conduct ongoing research to prioritize and track new funding sources and philanthropic trends, and overlapping areas of interest with FishWise organizational strengths, including Social Responsibility, Traceability, and Business Engagement
  • Track opportunities for FishWise to contribute to priority funder’s strategies and desired outcomes and identify entry points for establishing contact and cultivating relationships.
  • Track and map federal funding landscape and track opportunities for FishWise entry points as prime or sub in collaboration with other organizations within our community of practice
  • Maintain an organization-wide grant application and reporting calendar and manage coordination of internal reporting processes, from initiation to final submission 
  • Manage CRM database to ensure new contacts, conversations, and opportunities are clearly tracked and accessible to the Fund Development Team
  • Support FishWise staff in creating and disseminating communications for donors about the impacts of their support
  • Contribute to Board reports on Advancement updates
  • Work with the Fund Development Team to brainstorm novel projects and services that FishWise could pitch in the future
  • Share learnings and co-create resources and tools that build FishWise staff capacity to drive relationship building, concept creation, and proposal development.
  • Attend internal meetings upon request to provide input related to this scope of work and research findings
  • Coordinate logistics for conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; record and distribute minutes
  • Other responsibilities as they develop, based on organizational needs 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or six (6) years equivalent work experience in a related field preferred
  • A proven track record of identifying and applying for funding opportunities within a non-profit organization
    • Preferred experience with USG procurement – in particular USAID, US DOL, US DOI/NOAA, State Department, etc. 
  • A strong background in researching, supporting the development of application materials, and maintaining funding sources
  • Excellent project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, organize work flows and materials, manage multiple simultaneous work streams, and establish and maintain project scope,
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Mac-computer and Microsoft Office skills and ability to learn new software (e.g. Google-Suite, Slack, Zoho, and Zoom)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team 
  • Experience breaking down large amounts of material into cohesive units that can be easily understood 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing and results oriented environment 
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight 
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills

Hours & Requirements

  • This is a full time position.
  • Project Manager salary range: $63,456 – $67,000.
  • FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position has the option to be fully remote
  • Work hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (PST or EST, with flexible scheduling options contingent on supervisor’s approval)
  • United States work authorization required.
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation is required.

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.

Project Director | Social Responsibility
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The Organization

For almost 20 years, FishWise has worked closely with businesses to advance sustainability in the seafood sector. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood, from addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, to improving traceability and mitigating risks of human rights abuses in global supply chains.

FishWise is unique among sustainable seafood organizations, with a mission equally focused on people and planet, and a dedicated team that works specifically on the protection and promotion of human and labor rights. We achieve measurable impact by:

  • Partnering with companies to develop comprehensive seafood sustainability programs with transparent, time-bound commitments
  • Convening and connecting stakeholders to drive improvements in supply chain social responsibility, focusing on labor rights
  • Creating best practice guidance and resources to improve the labor conditions of some of the most vulnerable workers in seafood

Job Opportunity:

FishWise is hiring a Social Responsibility Project Director to lead and support the evolution of strategic initiatives to protect and promote human and labor rights in the seafood sector, with a particular focus on responsible recruitment initiatives. Reporting to the Social Responsibility Division Director, the Project Director will be responsible for research, development, and execution of multiple high-impact initiatives in a cross-functional team structure. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal communication and facilitation skills, superior project and personnel management experience, and a strong commitment to advancing the FishWise mission.

Our dedication to collaboration with seafood sustainability and human and labor rights organizations  also creates rich opportunities for bridge building and fostering awareness of diverse solutions, ideally drawing from lessons learned across sectors. With the recent update and relaunch of Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE), and existing FishWise partnerships with businesses, NGOs, and research organizations, FishWise is in a strong position to catalyze concrete advancements across the seafood sector.

The Project Director will develop and lead projects related to the RISE Foundation of Responsible Recruitment, as well as initiatives that more generally advance decent work for all seafood workers. Thus, the ideal candidate will have expertise related to responsible recruitment, such as implementing the Employer Pays Principle, fee reimbursement mechanisms, and/or remediation. Experience across sectors is preferred, ideally with at least basic familiarity with the seafood industry and its unique challenges and opportunities.  Supply chain experience and/or a successful track record of change management is also preferred.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Lead Social Responsibility Division grant-funded and industry partner efforts, with a near-term focus on responsible recruitment and other human rights due diligence-based initiatives that protect and promote labor and human rights throughout global seafood supply chains. 
  • Advance FishWise’s prominence in the field by working with human and labor rights, fisheries, and seafood markets experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at conferences and events.
  • Supervise and manage programs, projects, and staff, at times across Divisions, to provide technical direction and other feedback.
  • Represent FishWise externally, using both written and verbal communications, including public presentations in multiple diverse venues. 
  • Provide technical guidance and other support to the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT), funded by USAID, with the goal of protecting and promoting human and labor rights by leveraging traceability systems. This may include developing and refining key data elements, organizing and participating in convenings, and the provision of seafood-specific guidance to governments.
  • Provide technical and strategic input to the Social Responsibility and Business Engagement Divisions, as they plan, coordinate, and implement social responsibility services for business partners, including developing, tracking, and ensuring progress against contract line items.
  • Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on human and labor rights, due diligence, social responsibility, sustainability, and related efforts to stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments and serve as a technical expert.
  • Support and/or lead the development of funding and business development proposals, communicate with funders and business partners, and expand fundraising activities to support existing and future operations related to social responsibility projects as well as interdisciplinary FishWise projects (i.e. related to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, illegal fishing, and traceability).

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Dedication and passion for human and labor rights and a commitment to advancing the FishWise mission.
  • Broad and deep expertise in human and labor rights, with particular expertise related to human rights due diligence, responsible recruitment, worker engagement, decent work at sea, and/or other key topics aligned with FishWise’s approach and strategy. A related ability to maintain and grow the organization’s network of key stakeholders and other contacts, including funders.
  • Basic understanding of and/or the desire to learn more about fisheries and aquaculture production, traceability, seafood sustainability ratings and certifications, and market-based conservation initiatives 
  • Excellent project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, organize work flows and materials, manage multiple and simultaneous work streams, and establish and maintain project scope.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, copy-editing and proofreading skills, ability to strategically synthesize and convey complex ideas to targeted audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing and results- oriented environment. 
  • Innovative mindset, open to pursuing business development and funding opportunities that contribute to the financial security of the organization.
  • Advanced Degree plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, or a minimum of eleven years of equivalent experience.

Additional Preferred Experience:

  • Cross-sectoral experience and knowledge, with the ability to apply relevant lessons to the seafood industry 
  • Implementing and/or designing US government contracts and grants (e.g. DOL/ILAB, USAID)
  • Successful fundraising experience, particularly from US Government or private funders (including corporate foundations or earned income through industry consultancies or other partnerships)
  • Successful experience working in partnership with retailers, suppliers or other industry actors to improve and protect labor and human rights throughout global supply chains
  • Familiarity with and/or desire to learn about traceability systems and other data collection and information management systems, particularly as applied to labor and human rights

Hours and Compensation:

  • FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position has the option to be fully in-office, remote, or partially remote. Santa Cruz or Washington, D.C. location preferred. 
  • This is a full-time position. Work hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (PST or EST, with flexible scheduling options contingent on supervisor’s approval). Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional business travel may be required.
  • Salary range $74,032-$94,032, plus competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions.

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.

 

Job description updated on January 21st, 2022.

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We are interested in working with people who have different types of experience and backgrounds. If you don’t see the opportunity you are looking for, please submit a general application.