Job Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

FishWise is a sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible practices. FishWise uses market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices and create change on the water. This science-based and business-appropriate approach has allowed FishWise to build partnerships and strong working relationships with industry, government, and NGOs that seek to address the greatest challenges in seafood sustainability.

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is an anticipated five-year project that will engage a vast network of participants, including market-state governments, source country governments, industry, and other stakeholders seeking to improve traceability in seafood supply chains. To begin the work, FishWise and a third-party consultant, will lead an extensive co-design process. USAID, the Walton Family Foundation and other funders, and a cross-sector group of leaders will provide extensive input in the co-design, while other stakeholders will be invited to participate at various steps in the process. The desired result of SALT is to create a collaboration platform that leads to improvements in fisheries sustainability and marine biodiversity through enhanced traceability and transparency that enables and incentivizes stronger fisheries management and increased industry self-regulation. SALT will work toward the achievement of these goals:?

  • Expand accessible, interoperable, electronic catch documentation and traceability.
  • Increase source country capacities to apply electronic catch documentation and traceability to strengthen fisheries management and to verify fisheries data within these systems.
  • Increase incentives and capacities for industry to apply electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains.

These outcomes will be achieved through increased collaboration, application and scaling of good practices for traceability and transparency, fisheries management, as well as responsible business processes through engagement in a multi-stakeholder community of practice. Targeted and facilitated learning within and between pilot sites will also be a key strategy to achieve the outcomes.

For more information on FishWise and SALT, please visit https://www.fishwise.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seafood-Alliance-for-Legality-and-Traceability.pdf.

SALT Project Director

FishWise is seeking a Project Director to co-create, and serve as a key leader of the multi-stakeholder Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) project. Working with the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director, the Project Director will be charged with managing and progressing the work of SALT to improve traceability in seafood supply chains, fisheries management, and biodiversity. S/he will provide the internal management of the project, including creating and tracking against the strategic plan, staff management, and technical oversight. If timing allows, the Project Director will consult with the Traceability Division Director and the Executive Director in the hiring of the SALT Project Manager. Externally, the Project Director will be a key ambassador for the project, engaging with stakeholders and experts to advance the goals and reach of SALT. Importantly, the Project Director will serve as the primary point of contact to USAID, the likely funder of the project. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and management skills, a passion for ocean stewardship, and a demonstrated strategic orientation.

In coordination with a diverse Cross-Sector Leadership Group, the Project Director will plan and implement strategic convenings, build a constituency, facilitate cross-site learning for traceability pilots via knowledge management, and actively engage seafood companies and market and source country governments at meetings and conferences. To support these efforts and serve as a central hub for information, the Project Director will work with the FishWise Communications Project Manager and other staff to create a SALT website. Together, these activities will form a collaboration platform overseen by the Project Director, in addition to all necessary logistics and communications. This position reports to the Traceability Division Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Serve as FishWise’s Chief of Party with responsibility for direct communication to USAID and the Walton Family Foundation.
  • Contribute to the SALT co-design process, resulting in the creation of a governance structure, work plan, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan, set of stakeholder engagements, and launch of SALT under the guidance of the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director.
  • Advance SALT’s prominence in the field by working with global traceability and IUU experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at industry and NGO conferences and events.
  • Manage SALT’s strategic and long-term goals.
  • Plan, coordinate, execute, and revisit on a timely basis the MEL plan, marketing and branding strategy, and results chain for the project.
  • Supervise and manage a Project Manager, providing them with direction, input, and feedback regarding their role, responsibilities, and work plans; support relevant FishWise staff in the accounting, fundraising, and other operational tasks necessary for the successful operation of the project.
  • Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on traceability and illegal fishing to: 1) stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments, 2) summarize into publications and business friendly briefing documents for target audiences and, 3) use this information and resulting deliverables to inform the activities, work plan, and strategic plan of SALT.
  • Recruit, interview, and select well-qualified staff to advance the project, in consultation with the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director
  • Implement a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to knowledge management, including outreach, education, and communication systems and processes for all components of SALT.
  • Oversee all communications for the project, including the creation and maintenance of the SALT website, press releases, meeting correspondence, and public information briefs.


The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans, biodiversity, food security, and human rights
  • Advanced degree in related field and a minimum of 5 years experience
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop a high-performance team and achieve strategic objectives
  • Strong background in, and demonstrated success of, knowledge management in complex, multi-stakeholder processes
  • Proficiency in Mac computers including Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite
  • Ability to quickly learn and use project management software (e.g., Podio) and other programs
  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills and verbal communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous work streams
  • Experience working in a collaborative office and professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Experience breaking down complex topics and documents into materials and channels that can be easily understood and implemented by diverse audiences spread around the globe
  • An understanding of seafood stakeholder interests, concerns and motivations related to improving seafood traceability and addressing IUU fishing and human rights abuses
  • Excellent network within the seafood industry, ocean conservation, or biodiversity fields preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish, Indonesian, and/or other languages preferred

Compensation and Location

FishWise offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Santa Cruz, CA.

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting FishWise with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through FishWise’s job portal. Please direct all applications to FishWise.


FishWise is an equal opportunity employer.

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