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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. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Benefits

  • Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package provides a full range of benefits to support a positive life balance:
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life insurance
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Retirement savings plan, with matching contribution
  • Generous annual leave and sick time
  • Paid holidays

Values

  • Get outside, stay inspired.
  • Dress for your day, be prepared.
  • You’re more ready than you think!
  • Communicate often and openly, have the hard conversations.
  • Our Divisions don’t divide us.
  • Be an approachable authority and a kind mentor.

Project Manager | Business Engagement
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THE ORGANIZATION

For more than 15 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 for 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 (PM) serves as a primary lead for FishWise’s partnerships, working closely with business contacts to execute all stages of a comprehensive sustainable seafood program including: developing and implementing policies, collecting data from suppliers, assessing seafood products against sustainability criteria and leading indicators of traceability and human rights risks, tracking and reporting on progress, and supporting staff training and marketing efforts. The PM collaborates closely with FishWise’s traceability and social responsibility teams to develop innovative services for businesses to maintain a leading edge in sustainability and oversees all strategic communications involving their respective partnerships.

The PM builds and maintains FishWise’s relationships as a trusted NGO partner and serves as a credible resource for companies to advance their sustainability agendas within the complex and dynamic fields of sustainable seafood and corporate social responsibility.

Reporting: This position reports to the Project Director.

Responsibilities 

  • Implement comprehensive sustainability programs with business partners that address environmental challenges in fisheries and aquaculture production, supply chain traceability, and social responsibility
  • Provide excellent customer service to existing business partners
  • Maintain and develop strong working relationships with business partners through excellent verbal and written communications, including facilitating regular calls and in-person meetings, producing professional emails, briefing documents, and contributing to bi-annual and/or annual reports that are specifically tailored for business audiences
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with fellow team members, provide consistent and clear communication and coordination internally within FishWise
  • Analyze product sourcing information to conduct detailed sustainability assessments, risk assessments for traceability and social responsibility, track and monitor business partners’ progress towards public commitments or against due diligence plans
  • Represent FishWise at external events (conferences, meetings, webinars, etc.)
  • Become an expert over time in the dynamic field of seafood sustainability and corporate social responsibility, demonstrating business acumen and a willingness to learn and grow professionally

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with 2 years relevant work experience
  • Fundamental understanding and the desire to learn more about: fisheries and aquaculture production, business and supply chain operations, seafood sustainability criteria, traceability, principles of social responsibility, and experience working with relevant stakeholders in market based conservation
  • Excellent verbal, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and project management skills with the ability to strategically tailor and convey complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Experience with data collection and analyses, with an eye for detail
  • Strong interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing and results oriented environment where a high degree of flexibility is required
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous work streams
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills including G-Suite, Microsoft Office & Adobe Suite
  • Ability to quickly learn and use project management software (e.g. Zoho, Podio) and other programs
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback to support a productive and positive team environment
  • Ability to maintain a flexible mindset and adapt as needed to meet project or organization goals, including working on projects to support other Divisions within FishWise
  • Innovative mindset, open to pursuing business development and funding opportunities that contribute to the financial security of the organization
  • Experience working in a collaborative and professional office environment
  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans and the FishWise mission

Hours and Benefits

  • This is a full-time position based at the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA; remote working arrangements may be considered
  • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefit package
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation is required

Division Director | Social Responsibility
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THE ORGANIZATION

For more than 15 years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood sector to improve sustainability. At the core of our approach is close collaboration with seafood businesses. By working with these companies, we enact credible and measurable changes in their seafood sourcing, enhance our credibility and reputation, and build a rich body of industry and NGO expertise that demonstrates leadership in the field. FishWise also leads the seafood sector through the creation of resources and guidance to improve traceability, human rights, and to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing.

FishWise’s Social Responsibility Division is unique among sustainable seafood and marine conservation organizations due to its dedication of a full-time team who works with companies, social responsibility experts, and environmental experts. We achieve impact by:

  • Partnering with companies to implement supply chain improvements
  • Connecting social and environmental experts to seafood industry efforts
  • Creating best practice guidance and resources
  • Convening diverse stakeholders toward improvement of the seafood sector

Our Values

We are…

  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge of emerging social responsibility and seafood topics, 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 Social Responsibility Division Director will lead a division that enjoys a diverse scope of work and a multi-pronged approach to advancing human and labor rights in the seafood supply chains. With the recent launch of the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) platform, and our existing partnerships with businesses, FishWise is in a strong position to spark concrete advancements across the sector. Our dedication to collaboration with seafood sustainability and human/labor rights NGOs creates rich opportunities for bridge building and fostering awareness of diverse solutions.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Social Responsibility Division Director will drive social responsibility programming and strategy at FishWise. This will include ensuring successful management of FishWise’s strategic and long-term goals to improve practices that advance social responsibility, providing guidance and input to the Social Responsibility Division staff. The DD will work across the FishWise divisions (including traceability, business engagement, and data) to ensure coordination amongst strategies and work streams. In coordination with the CEO and Advancement Director, the DD will strengthen existing donor and funder relationships and develop new partnerships.

FishWise is committed convening and connecting labor and human rights organizations, on-the-ground organizations and the seafood sustainability community. This role is central to FishWise’s unique ability to foster collaborative relationships with social responsibility and sustainability experts. The DD will foster and cultivate multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration through conferences and events. This emphasis on external engagement includes a strong capacity to effectively communicate and broadcast the Social Responsibility Division’s efforts and industry developments.

Finally, the DD will support social responsibility and business engagement staff to create and implement services for companies to enable more ethical working conditions in seafood supply chains. Working closely with staff, the DD will facilitate the advancement of human rights in supply chains alongside environmental improvements to achieve a more holistic definition of sustainable seafood.

The candidate’s success in this role will be demonstrated in the following areas:

Workstreams

  • Optimize the RISE platform: Ensure that the RISE platform and tools are efficient, accessible to various seafood audiences, and offer effective movement-building principles.
  • Catalyze seafood industry members to action via RISE and FishWise business services: Engage companies to implement RISE guidance in order to demonstrate a powerful proof of concept, stimulating opportunity for broad-scale, industry-wide adoption.
  • Integrate social responsibility guidance globally: Promote and integrate RISE guidance within multi-stakeholder efforts across the seafood industry and beyond, to influence the policies and recommendations of regional, national, and international governing bodies.

Processes

  • Cultivate: Build and foster relationships across the Social Responsibility Division, broader FishWise team, the Board, and other human rights and seafood stakeholders. Listening to and progressing the work of others is critical to improving work in seafood.
  • Expand: Grow FishWise’s social responsibility division work through fund development, and work in collaboration with Social Responsibility Division staff to generate resources, strengthen existing FishWise work streams, and execute novel work.
  • Implement: Drive organization-wide impact through establishing effective and streamlined systems for project, budget, and staff management. Integrate and oversee the implementation of the Division’s areas of strategic focus, which include seafood industry guidance, direct partnerships with businesses, development of new services, and collaboration with NGOs.
  • Promote: Champion the work of FishWise, bring inspired communication skills, and advocate for broad adoption of FishWise social responsibility tools, services, and convenings.
  • Strategize: Advocate for the Social Responsibility Division with a bold and strategic mindset. Approach business challenges and opportunities with a strong understanding of the nuanced realities of the industry, and maintain a strong and fearless vision of where the industry can go.
  • Support: Build strong, collaborative relationships with Social Responsibility Division staff, cultivating a cohesive culture and inspired team dynamics. This includes creating professional development opportunities for Social Responsibility Division staff through technical expertise, coaching, and feedback regarding roles, responsibilities, and projects.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

FishWise seeks a leader and collaborator who will value building the internal strengths of Social Responsibility Division staff, as well as externally enhancing FishWise’s opportunities to communicate and interact with members of the global industry and NGO community to inspire action and sector-wide advancements.

Internally, with a dedication to effective communication, respect, and mentorship, the DD will prioritize values of individual well-being, professional development, and emotional intelligence to lead the SR Division staff. The DD will provide their staff with strategy, technical expertise, coaching, and feedback regarding their roles, responsibilities, and projects via weekly work plans and bi-annual performance reviews. The DD will also actively engage in strategic planning and upper-level management activities to ensure coordination amongst FishWise divisions and work streams, and foster effective communication with Finance staff on grants, financial tracking, and associated communications for the Division.

Externally, the DD will leverage strong and inspired communication skills to elevate the Social Responsibility Division’s mission and work with the industry and NGO communities, highlighting successes, current tools and services, and seek to inspire action.

Ideally, to enhance industry engagement and further FishWise’s goals to improve global supply chain practices, the candidate will possess knowledge and experience of responsible business practices either through work experience in corporate social responsibility or collaboration with businesses on social responsibility topics. Knowledge of worker-centered approaches to supply chain management is also an asset, as our Social Responsibility Division continues to integrate a worker-focused approach into both external guidance as well as business partnership programmatic implementation. An excellent network within the seafood industry, human rights, or international development field is preferred.

Minimum qualifications

To be considered, the candidate must possess an advanced degree in a related field and a minimum of ten years of progressive responsibility in private, nonprofit, or public sector organizations, including management experience. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter and critical thinker, with the proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple simultaneous work streams. They will bring a commitment to developing, inspiring, and leading a high-performance team to advance the mission of the division and the organization as a whole. Strong knowledge management in complex, multi-stakeholder processes will be used to achieve strategic objectives. The candidate will have a high degree of proficiency in Mac computers including Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite; excellent professional writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, with experience in public speaking and presentation. Domestic and international travel are required.

To be considered

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

This is a full-time position, preferably based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA, but with the option to be based remotely, preferably in the San Francisco Bay area.

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Personal transportation is required.

To apply, please click on the “Apply” link above to submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.

Download a PDF of the position profile.

FishWise Internship
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The Intern’s primary responsibility is two-fold: 1) to provide support to existing member retailer partners and 2) provide general office support. The intern will work with existing Project Managers who are the main customer service contact for retail partners with questions or needs after the launch of the FW program. The intern will help them support these partnerships through materials development and shipment, newsletters and website updates. The Intern will conduct work to support major buyer partnerships with database work and species research. The Intern will also conduct general office work such as assisting with technology, cleaning, and purchasing supplies. The Project Managers will provide direction and oversight to the Intern.

Responsibilities
  • Provide support to the Project Managers to support independent partnerships including: creating promotional sheets in Adobe Illustrator, writing and editing monthly newsletter pieces, materials shipments, etc.
  • Correct store audits as needed to help improve seafood label accuracy for retailers.
  • Research the sustainability of various seafood products in order to recommend sourcing action for partners.
  • Assist with research of and networking for product sourcing.
  • Update and enter ratings and certifications in databases for seafood products.
  • Summarize scientific reports/seafood news for internal and external communication.
  • Conduct analyses of seafood inventory for partners using Filemaker and Excel.
  • Write weekly blog for FishWise website.
  • Update and develop new promotional materials. Print and collate as needed. Organize digital files and photos.
  • Perform various clerical duties including typing, answering phones, ordering software, and general office upkeep.
  • Opportunity to develop unique independent project based off personal interests in seafood sustainability.
Qualifications
  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Basic understanding and desire to learn more about seafood sustainability criteria and relevant stakeholders e.g. supply chain businesses, NGOs, and government agencies
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills including Microsoft Office & Adobe Suite
  • Strong communication skills and reliability
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience working in a collaborative office or professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and independently, such as Filemaker database management, Joomla website maintenance, EndNote, etc
  • Self-motivation, flexibility, and a positive “can-do” attitude
Hours
  • This is a part-time position based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Evening and weekend work may be required
  • Personal transportation is required

General Application
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