Employment Opportunity: Impact Director - Global Fishing Watch | Oceana
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Impact Director - Global Fishing Watch

General Summary

The Impact Director, Global Fishing Watch, will lead Oceana’s efforts to reduce illegal fishing activities through the use of Global Fishing Watch. Global Fishing Watch is a tool developed by Oceana, Google and SkyTruth to track fishing vessel activities. The successful candidate will help Oceana  to deter illegal fishing, by assisting Oceana campaigners in waging and winning Oceana campaigns, and by working with outside partners including other NGO’s to generate impacts using this new tool. The Director will identify opportunities to uncover and deter illegal fishing practices in collaboration with Oceana and its partners, and will also help to build a case for improved fishery management policies and increase fishing vessel transparency.  Strong campaign leadership and management experience, strategic thinking skills, and a strong background in US and international fisheries management are essential to success. Some knowledge of data analysis and technology development will be beneficial. The impact director will report to Oceana’s Vice President for U.S. Oceans and Global Fishing Watch.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the development and execution of Global Fishing Watch Impact Projects, including the setting of annual and longer term goals
  • Lead in the development and implementation of impact applications using Global Fishing Watch, in conjunction with other tools
  • Work with an inter-organizational team consisting of scientist(s), advocates, communications professionals, lawyers and others to achieve goals
  • Develop reports and other materials to tell the impact stories, including developing  messages, talking points, and presentation materials
  • Serve as spokesperson for Oceana on Global Fishing Watch, the impact stories and related issues to the press
  • Lead in the planning and implementation of related events
  • Develop internal relationships and work in step with key members of Oceana’s team around the world to assist in ongoing campaigns
  • Manage outside relationships with partners, vendors, and decision-makers
  • Manage the research and writing of reports, papers, and other materials
  • Maintain a working knowledge of international fishing policies and practices
  • Develop and manage campaign budget
  • Assist in fundraising for campaign projects and programs
  • Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve Oceana’s objectives


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Graduate or law degree is preferred
  • Seven (7) years of related professional experience including at least three (3) years managing staff and teams.
  • Experience completing projects under tight deadlines and effectively managing a demanding work load, multi-task and take on projects, and the capability to effectively lead a campaign team.


Skills and knowledge:

  • Must have exceptional management skills with proven ability to lead a professional staff and ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Desire and ability to advocate for complex, aggressive conservation positions in both small and large settings; possess strong oral and written communication skills, and a keen analytical ability. 
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Some travel is required
  • Fluency in a second language is a plus
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