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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.

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

Request for Proposals | Wordpress Graphic Designer/Developer​ 
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Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability 

Request for Proposals – WordPress Graphic Designer/Developer

 

I. Summary

The goal of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify a consultant(s) or firm to provide wordpress design and development assistance to FishWise’s Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) program.   

II. Background

FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

SALT is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains. SALT is a public-private partnership between USAID and the Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations and is implemented by FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy.

SALT is launching a new product and would like to design and implement new page layouts for the product to be featured on its existing website: https://www.salttraceability.org​.

III. Purpose

SALT is seeking a wordpress graphic designer/developer or firm’s assistance to create and develop a series of new pages to build out SALT’s existing website.

IV. Submission Process

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

Date of Issuance:                                       November 24, 2020

Proposal Submission Deadline:              December 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

Interested bidders should submit their responses by email by the date listed above. Responses should be directed to SALT@fishwise.org​ .​

V. Period of Performance

December 8, 2020 – January 15, 2021

VI. Location of Work

Remote, but the ability to attend remote meetings during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Pacific Standard Time is essential.

VII. Contract Mechanism & Terms of Payment

FishWise anticipates awarding a fixed price, deliverables-based subagreement.

 

To view the complete Request for Proposals, please click here.

Request for Proposals | Digital Supply Chain Consultant
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Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability 

Request for Proposals – Digital Supply Chain Consultant

 

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) program.  

II. Background

FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

SALT is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains. SALT is a public-private partnership between USAID and the Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations and is implemented by FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy.

The seafood community has identified the need for shared guidance that identifies the minimum level of best practice for the design and implementation of comprehensive electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) systems within seafood producing regions, that address ecological, economic, and social goals. SALT has begun to draft these comprehensive principles to support producer country governments’ eCDT adoption and institutionalization.

III. Purpose

The objective of this consultancy is to work in partnership with SALT to finalize the Comprehensive eCDT Principles by identifying relevant best practices from digital government initiatives. The consultant or firm will provide the SALT team with guidance gleaned from experience designing and/or implementing digital government measures or services (e.g., best practices for relevant stakeholder engagement when digitizing, how to identify appropriate technologies, how to evaluate success of digitization or traceability initiatives, and other government implementation considerations). Experience with data digitization in fisheries context or in developing nations is preferred, but not required.

IV. Submission Process

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

Date of Issuance:                                       November 18, 2020

Questions Due:                                           December 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

Answers Posted:                                        December 3, 2020

Proposal Submission Deadline:              December 14, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

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

V. Period of Performance

January 4, 2021 – May 14, 2021

VI. Location of Work

Remote, but the ability to attend remote meetings during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Pacific Standard Time is essential.

VII. Contract Mechanism & Terms of Payment

FishWise anticipates awarding a fixed price, deliverables-based subagreement.

 

To view the complete Request for Proposals, please click here.

Expression of Interest | Traceability Advisor
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Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability

Call for Expression of Interest – Traceability Advisor

SUMMARY

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) project is seeking to identify a Traceability Advisor with country and regional expertise in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, respectively. Interested consultants should respond to the following Expression of Interest (EOI) in the timeframe provided.

Date of Issuance:                              November 16, 2020

Questions Due:                                  November 19, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

EOI Submission Deadline:              November 27, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

Period of Performance:                  On/or about December 4, 2020 to April 30, 2021

Location of Work:                             Remote

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

CONTRACT MECHANISM & TERMS OF PAYMENT

A not-to-exceed deliverables-based service agreement will be awarded. FishWise reserves the right to issue subsequent service agreements to the awarded individual or firm as a result of this solicitation within the defined period of performance.

 

To view the complete Expression of Interest, please click here.

Project Manager | Social Responsibility
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FishWise’s mission is to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains. We use market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices. A science-based and pragmatic approach has allowed FishWise to build partnerships and effective working relationships with industry, government, and NGOs.

We believe that healthy ocean ecosystems and freshwater habitats are vital to maintain biological diversity and are the building blocks of a long term, sustainable seafood industry. By combining credible science and NGO expertise, business innovations, and the power of informed consumers, FishWise believes that we can chart a new course for the seafood industry. Our belief is that everyone in the supply chain has an important role to play, from the coastal communities and companies that farm and catch fish, to the specialty retailers and distributors that differentiate themselves through sustainable business practices, to the largest companies that have the influence to drive innovation and conservation in their supply chains. All of us must work together to enact the change necessary to protect our ocean resources long into the future.

FishWise is seeking a Project Manager to advance social responsibility and protect human and labor rights within seafood supply chains. The person in this role will be responsible for research, development, and execution of work plans within social responsibility, under the overall direction of the Social Responsibility Division Director. Work plan goals are threefold: (1) to create tools and recommendations that help the seafood industry improve supply chain traceability and reduce the risk that seafood products are associated with social responsibility abuses; (2) to facilitate discussions between key players to find novel solutions to social responsibility, labor, and social compliance challenges; and (3) to communicate progress and updates to a core group of NGOs, industry, and other stakeholders. The Project Manager will achieve these goals through collaboration with the seafood industry, government, academia, and NGOs.

Reporting: This position reports to the Social Responsibility Senior Project Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Manage social responsibility improvements, tracking, and reporting for FishWise partners (including drafting and updating work plans, analyzing data, and writing summaries for partner reporting).
  • Collaborate with global experts to create novel social responsibility solutions for the seafood industry.
  • Research and draft white papers, toolkits, policy briefs, and other reports on social responsibility for the seafood industry.
  • Organize logistics for conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; record and distribute minutes.
  • Review technical documents (legislation, media stories, and reports) on social responsibility and seafood. Summarize for target audiences such as seafood businesses, NGOs, and government agencies.
  • Assist in the communication of progress and next steps on FishWise social responsibility work plans to a variety of audiences and collaborators via email, conference calls, and webinars.
  • Become an expert over time on social responsibility legislation, challenges, and current approaches.
  • Research fisheries and supply chains with social responsibility challenges; draft case studies and suggest ways to address these.
  • Conduct and attend in-person meetings, webinars, and other events with industry, government, and NGO stakeholders as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Knowledge and experience:
    • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related field
    • A basic understanding of the global social responsibility landscape, and a desire to become an expert in socially responsible seafood over time
    • Familiarity with social responsibility issues, achieving social change, and corporate social responsibility preferred
    • Experience working in an office or professional environment
  • Skills:
    • Mac-computer and Microsoft Office skills – ability to learn new software (e.g. Google-Suite, Slack, Zoho, and Zoom)
    • Professional writing and editing skills
    • Verbal communication, public speaking and presentation skills
    • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
    • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight

HOURS & BENEFITS 

  • This is a full-time position that can be based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA, or located remotely
  • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefit package including 401K, health and life insurance,  vacation and sick leave etc.
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • While FishWise is committed to a healthy work/life balance, 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, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location.

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Chief Operating Officer 
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About FishWise

FishWise is transforming global seafood supply chains to sustain oceans and the people who depend on them. For more than 15 years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood sector to improve sustainability. Our holistic definition of sustainable seafood integrates attention to ocean ecosystems and human and labor rights. At the core of our approach is partnership with leading seafood companies to integrate comprehensive sustainability into their business policies and practices toward ultimately changing the fundamental dynamics between supply chain actors for all-inclusive systems change.

 

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will provide the internal leadership required for FishWise to achieve its ambitious and strategic goals. The COO will work closely with the CEO to guide and support senior directors in the pursuit of a diverse scope of work and multi-faceted approach to fulfilling our mission. The COO’s function will be to ensure alignment, coordination, and connectivity across all teams, programs, and work streams. In addition to the strategic components, the COO will carry out financial and administrative leadership functions and will be charged with developing and implementing more sophisticated policies and procedures in the finance, human resources, and other general operating realms.

Importantly, the successful COO will bring the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the FishWise team brings to our mission. While it is essential that the COO is an expert in efficient and effective systems, it is also critical that the COO maintains an awareness of employee needs, shows empathy, and demonstrates accountability for organizational outcomes. The CEO will foster a work environment in which individuals of different backgrounds can be successful and diverse perspectives are heard and recognized as essential to the mission of the organization. The COO will serve as a catalyst for change and innovation by providing the building blocks and creating a safe environment for experimentation and appropriate risk-taking.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a leader with operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and organizational development to join in a vibrant, mission-driven organization.

 

Responsibilities

In the near-term, the COO will help to finalize FishWise’s new multi-year strategic plan (depending on date of hire), and will lead in the subsequent development and roll-out of an operations plan that defines the organizational structure, resources, milestones, and methods for monitoring progress and identifying challenges. Further, the COO will also support development of annual programmatic operational plans to ensure linkages between the longer term strategic plan and annual activities and objectives.

Strategy and Leadership

  • Contribute to the continuous development of FishWise’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization
  • In partnership with the CEO and senior leadership, integrate and oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategy
  • Advise the CEO and Controller on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters
  • Serve as the management liaison to the Board and Audit Committee; effectively communicate and present financial reports and critical financial matters at Board of directors and committee meetings
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary

Team Development and Staff Leadership

  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with leadership, staff, and the Board of Directors, cultivating a cohesive culture and inspired team dynamics
  • Supervise a team of high-functioning, independent, and collaborative senior directors
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse and highly qualified workforce
  • Support all aspects of staff performance, primarily through review, improvement, and implementation of a best practice performance evaluation system
  • Challenge assumptions and norms to either reaffirm current approaches or to identify the need to create new ones
  • Unearth challenges and root causes, initiate difficult conversations, and foster team cohesion
  • Develop and deliver transparency in decision-making, reporting, and cultural dynamics
  • Foster a culture of consensus while also making timely decisions and serving as arbiter when necessary
  • Increase equity and diversity through growing the Board and employees’ cultural competency
  • Develop processes and practices to integrate equity into all aspects of the organization
  • Maintain an open-door policy and strong and consistent leadership presence in the FishWise office. Be available to remote staff in ways that support these same principles
  • Adeptly interface and manage via remote-work technology and processes

Finance, Resources, and Administration

  • Oversee the internal operations of the organization
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of the organization
  • Coordinate, and track progress against, the annual operations plan and budget
  • Ensure financial policies/procedures are followed and in compliance with legal requirements
  • Lead the establishment of financial objectives that ensure strategy-driven growth and sustainability for the organization
  • Oversee employee relations, payroll, benefits, and training
  • Ensure that projects and teams have the necessary staff and other resources, in accordance with the operational plan and those established with various governmental, philanthropic, and business partnership funding sources
  • Build organizational capacity and stability through constant evaluation and testing of approaches, technology, and resources
  • Serve as the coordinator of all FishWise workstreams toward optimal efficiency and productivity

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be driven by the mission and bring a passion for leading social and environmental change. The candidate should demonstrate achievements in scaling an organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of diverse, bright and driven teams.

The candidate must possess an advanced degree (MBA or related) and a minimum of ten years of progressive responsibility in private, nonprofit, or public sector organizations, including substantial management experience. The candidate should have experience in ocean conservation or a related field, and have a basic understanding of the sustainable seafood landscape and corporate social responsibility.

 

Additional qualifications:

  • Motivated: a proactive self-starter and critical thinker; enjoys working hard and is unafraid to take charge of a situation; can take unpopular stands when necessary
  • Results Oriented: proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of consistently good decision-making through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
  • Agile and action-driven: able to adapt, act decisively, and lead despite uncertainty
  • Capacity-Focused: effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly
  • Equity-Minded: understands the concept of bias, institutional and structural racism, and practices questioning assumptions, recognizing stereotypes, and continually reassessing practices to create change. Is accountable for the success of all employees and sees gaps in gender and racial/ethnic representation as personal and institutional responsibility

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. FishWise offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position, ideally based near the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA.

 

Posted 06/05/2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and until the position is filled. We encourage applicants to apply early.

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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.