About Us

Careers

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

Interim Executive Director
Apply

FishWise, a Santa Cruz, California-based non-profit organization, seeks a professional Interim Executive Director to steer the organization through a six-to-nine-month leadership transition. Through a mix of consulting projects and grant funding, FishWise works to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains. This position will bridge the period between the departure of the founding CEO and new permanent leadership, with the goal of positioning both the organization and the new leader for long-term success.   

Position Profile: The Interim Executive Director will guide the ongoing work of the organization to position it for continued success when a new permanent leader is brought on board. The ideal candidate will provide strong and steady leadership, paired with strong financial acumen and emotional intelligence. They will be experienced in guiding organizations through multiple, simultaneous changes. 

Candidates should bring established organization-building skills including: change management; coaching and capacity building; collaboration balanced with clear decision making; a commitment to building a culture of trust, clarity and learning; and financial and operational (administrative) acumen. Experience as an Interim Executive Director within a similarly sized non-profit is critical, as is deep expertise in non-profit leadership. 

Specific duties include: 

  • Build internal strength within FishWise, including leadership and oversight of the management and operational duties and staff of the organization. 
  • Keep the Board fully informed of the internal health of the organization, including proactively bringing to the Board and leadership team’s attention any emerging financial, staff, programmatic, funder, or other significant concerns. 
  • Advance key ongoing internal goals to prepare the organization to successfully recruit and retain its next permanent leader. 
  • Lead with a steady and thoughtful voice through the transition period, including flexibility to adapt to pandemic and remote staffing considerations.
  • Collaborate closely with the staff and the Board to gain buy-in while driving decisions through to implementation. 

Ideal candidates would be within reasonable proximity to the Santa Cruz headquarters, to allow direct interactions with local staff.  FishWise expects all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the Interim Executive Director.  FishWise is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and offers competitive salaries based on experience.  

The Organization: For nearly 20 years, FishWise has partnered with the seafood industry to foster leadership in environmental and social sustainability. With a staff of 29 located throughout the United States and a budget of $4 million, Fishwise is committed to sustaining ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains. We understand that the seafood industry has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers, and we also recognize its potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies, NGOs, and governments to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood. By addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, improving traceability in the supply chain, and catalyzing industry action toward social responsibility and decent work for all workers, FishWise seeks to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains. With a proven track record of success, our work centers on direct supply chain engagement, collective industry action, and governance reform. 

Position Timing and Duration: The Interim Executive Director is estimated to be a 6 to 9-month term position, ending when a new full-time leader is recruited and starts. The position will begin as soon as possible, ideally no later than mid-December 2021. Please email ed-search@fishwise.org no later than Monday, November 22, 2021, to indicate your interest in this position and include a resume or a link to your work history. Applicants will be reviewed starting November 23 to expedite the process but the position will remain open until filled.

Request for Proposals | Tanzania - Seafood Traceability Principles & Pathway Consultant and/or Firms
Apply

Request for Proposals

Tanzania – Application of the Seafood Traceability Principles & Pathway Consultant and/or Firms

I. Summary

The goal of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify a consultant or firm to provide assistance to FishWise’s Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) application of the Traceability Principles and Pathway in Tanzania.

Submission Process

SALT invites qualified Offerors to submit proposals by the following deadlines:

Date of Issuance:                             December 3, 2021

Questions Due:                                 December 10, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST

Answers Posted:                              December 13, 2021

Proposal Submission Deadline:     December 22, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST

Interested bidders should submit their inquiries and responses by email by the dates listed above. Responses should be directed to SALT@FishWise.org.

Period of Performance

On/about January 15, 2022 – December 15, 2022

Location of Work

Tanzania: Kilwa District and Dar es Salaam. The ability to attend remote meetings during business hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) Eastern Standard Time is essential.

 

To view the complete RFP, please click here

Project Manager | Traceability and Counter-IUU Fishing
Apply

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 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, both across North America and globally, 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) will support a team that enjoys a diverse scope of work. They will be responsible for research, development, and execution of work plans on traceability and counter-IUU fishing including internal/external communications and administrative functions. The ideal candidate will have strong personal and interpersonal communication skills, flexibility,  superior project management experience, and a passion for ocean stewardship. For the Traceability Division, work plan goals are threefold: 1) to create resources and recommendations that help the seafood industry improve supply chain traceability and reduce the risk that seafood products are associated with IUU fishing; 2) to facilitate discussions between key players to find novel solutions to traceability and IUU fishing challenges; and 3) to communicate progress and updates to diverse sets of NGOs, industry, government, and other stakeholders. The PM will provide the necessary support to ensure FishWise is best positioned to maintain its strong collaborative relationships with external groups while simultaneously advancing FishWise’s mission and strategic plan.

Reporting: This position reports to the Project Director in the Traceability Division.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with global experts and partners to create novel traceability and counter-IUU fishing solutions for the seafood industry and other diverse audiences
  • Research and curate resources (including grant deliverables) to stay informed on traceability and IUU fishing and synthesize important topics for various stakeholders
  • Assist in the communication of progress and next steps on traceability and counter-IUU fishing work plans, project awareness, and advocacy to a variety of audiences and collaborators via email, conference calls, blogs, social media, and webinars
  • Research, draft, and/or format white papers, toolkits, policy briefs, and other analyses for the seafood industry or target audiences; review and summarize technical documents (legislation, media stories, and reports) on traceability and IUU fishing
  • Become an expert over time on seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing legislation, challenges, and current approaches
  • Support, attend and/or lead events for the Traceability Division (conferences, meetings, webinars, etc.), including preparation of materials for presentations and events
  • Organize logistics for conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; record and distribute minutes including outcomes, decisions, assignments, pending action items, and due dates
  • Assist in budget tracking and accounting against contracts and grants
  • Provide administrative support to the Traceability Division, including but not limited to scheduling meetings, assisting in the communication of progress and next steps on FishWise traceability and counter-IUU fishing work plans, and maintaining knowledge and project management systems at FishWise
  • Coordinate across teams at FishWise, providing consistent and clear internal communications 
  • Provide backstopping to other team members (and divisions), as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus a minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience, or equivalent experience
  • Basic understanding and the desire to learn more about: fisheries and aquaculture production, traceability, the counter-IUU fishing landscape, business and supply chain operations, seafood sustainability criteria, principles of social responsibility, and market-based conservation
  • 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 
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Mac OS; and Zoom; ability to quickly learn new technologies, CRM, and project management software
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback to support a productive and positive team environment
  • Ability to maintain a flexible mindset, adapting as needed to meet project or organization goals, including working on projects to support other Divisions or initiatives across FishWise
  • Innovative mindset, open to pursuing business development and funding opportunities that contribute to the financial security of the organization
  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans and the FishWise mission

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

  • This is a full-time position.
  • FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position has the option to be fully in-office, remote, or partially remote.
  • Project Manager salary range: $63,456-$67,000.
  • Selected candidates will be placed in the beginning of the salary range and have the opportunity to advance based on satisfactory performance and time in the position.
  • Competitive benefit package including, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions.
  • 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 and personal transportation may be 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.

Finance Manager
Apply

THE ORGANIZATION

For 20 years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies, NGOs, and governments to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood. By addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, improving traceability, and catalyzing industry action toward social responsibility and decent work for all workers, FishWise aims to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains.

FishWise achieves measurable impact through:

  • Direct Supply Chain Engagement: FishWise works in partnership with individual companies across the seafood supply chain to advance each organization’s specific efforts to address environmental, social, illegal fishing and traceability risks in their business and across their supply base.
  • Collective Industry Engagement: FishWise works with coalitions of industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders to drive and scale change across groups of supply chain actors. This includes directly convening groups or supporting and collaborating with preexisting groups.
  • Governance Reform: FishWise works in strategic partnerships to inform governments and regulatory bodies responsible for setting the rules all supply chain actors must follow to ensure compliance and accountability for all.

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: FINANCE MANAGER

The Finance Manager is responsible for managing the financial activities of the organization, including financial analysis and planning, accounting operations and reporting, budgeting, and external audits. S/he establishes or improves upon the organization’s financial policies and procedures. The Finance Manager is responsible for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance of the financial functions. Additionally, the Finance Manager provides guidance to senior management, supports Board relations through clear communication of financial reporting and analysis, and is the primary interface with external parties on financial matters, including audits, bank relations, customer invoices, project reporting, and state and federal tax registration and reporting. The position reports to the Director of Operations.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage the improvement and implementation of financial policies and procedures for the organization in line with nonprofit and funder requirements.
  • Oversee the routine generation of timely and accurate internal and external financial reports, including monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Provide financial analyses, reports, and forecasts to management.
  • Advise management in financial decision-making and systems development and improvement.
  • Oversee the accuracy of the organizational accounting records and maintain the chart of accounts.
  • Establish and monitor adequate internal controls, including a timekeeping and payroll system.
  • Monitor security of the organization’s financial assets.
  • Supervise and contribute to month-end closings and bank reconciliations.
  • Draft, review, and update project award and subaward documents and budgets as needed.
  • Support the annual budget preparation process.
  • Manage the employee expense reports review process.
  • Direct completion of the annual audit and tax returns.
  • Ensure timely review, approval, and payment of, project invoices.
  • Responsible for financial reporting for grants, contracts, programs, etc.
  • Work with staff as appropriate in achieving financial management goals.
  • Act as the liaison to the Budget and Finance Committee to the Leadership Team.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field and a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.
  • Demonstrated progression in financial leadership and supervisory roles with at least five years of experience managing the finances of a $5+ million nonprofit organization, preferably international with a mix of funding sources including government, foundation, and earned income.
  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), and 2 CRF 200.
  • Strong knowledge of general ledger, banking, job cost accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and nonprofit taxes and registrations.
  • Proficient in the use of financial software programs and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Thorough understanding of nonprofit accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP).
  • Familiarity with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGS) is desirable.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and balance day-to-day tasks with strategic, long-term goals and timelines.
  • Adept at presenting complex financial information in a clear manner to board members, senior management, staff members, and others.
  • Excellent customer service orientation. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate diplomatically in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities at this time but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the organization.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

  • Salary range: $68,000 – $78,000. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to advance through the range based on satisfactory performance and time in the position.
  • This is a full-time position that can be based either out of our home office in Santa Cruz, CA or remotely.
  • Competitive benefits package including, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions.
  • Customary work hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M PST. Flex-time can be discussed upon hiring.
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation are 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, the nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.

Intern | Advancement
Apply

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 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

Intern | Advancement Division

The Intern, in close collaboration with the Fund Development team, will conduct in-depth research to help cultivate opportunities to support and increase FishWise’s operating budget. The Intern will explore and prioritize new funding sources and philanthropic trends through desktop research using multiple search engines, websites, and software programs. The Intern will have opportunities to learn about the funding and donor community and assist with strategy development related to this scope of work and research findings. The Intern will also help maintain and improve internal information systems and provide occasional support to FishWise’s grants management operations. FishWise would like to leverage the Intern’s strengths and interests to co-create a work stream that aligns with individual and FishWise goals. 

Reporting 

This position reports to the Traceability Division Director.

Responsibilities

With support from the Fund Development team, the Intern will:

  • Review background documents and identify where to build on existing research or where to start new projects/trackers.
  • Research potential funding sources and create a catalogue (foundations, government, individuals, and public sources).
  • Provide research to inform how FishWise should position its work for increased success with the short-list of funders.
  • Track opportunities for FishWise to contribute to the funder’s strategies and desired outcomes, identify entry points for establishing contact and cultivating relationships.
  • Work with the Traceability Division Director to brainstorm projects in alignment with funding streams that FishWise could pitch in the future.
  • Attend webinars and conduct research on how FishWise can improve donor cultivation and acknowledgement practices.
  • 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 intern interest areas and FishWise’s needs.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment preferred
  • Experience breaking down large amounts of material into cohesive units that can be easily understood 
  • Enthusiasm for fundraising and donor stewardship in pursuit of FishWise’s mission, with experience in fundraising and stewardship a plus (e.g., raising money for a cause, contributing to a grant proposal)

Hours & Requirements

  • This is a temporary, part-time position
  • Internship salary: $19.74/hr
  • Duration of internship is 12 weeks, with possibility of extension
  • FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position will be fully remote
  • Work hours: 8-16 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)
  • United States work authorization 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.

General Application
Apply

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.