Employment Opportunity: Vice President, Brazil | Oceana
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Vice President, Brazil

General Summary

Oceana seeks to preserve and restore the bounty of the ocean as a source for wild-caught fish and preserve the marine ecosystem for our and future generations. Around the world, Oceana works to enable policies that protect ocean resources, which are important for the economy, jobs, families, and communities. Our campaigns seek to save the ocean, so that the ocean can feed the world. We are seeking a dynamic, driven Vice President to lead our policy change efforts in Brazil. 

Established in 2014, Oceana Brazil is the only conservation organization working on large scale fishery management reform in the country. Our office is in Brasilia and is staffed by a team of scientists, lawyers, communicators, policy experts and advocates. We aim to help Brazil reform its fisheries policies in order to: implement science-based management plans for marine species; protect vulnerable habitats and species; and increase government transparency related to fisheries management. We carry out our work by setting clear and measurable goals; engaging in fact-based advocacy; proposing practical solutions; communicating clearly with government, the public and stakeholders; and working closely with allies.

The Vice President of Oceana’s Brazil office will lead Oceana’s on-going campaigns and help define new ones.  He or she will lead our team to accomplish Oceana Brazil’s mission.  Leadership includes recruiting talented staff, helping them succeed as a team, delegating with clarity, and advancing their professional development.  The Vice President keeps the office focused on campaign goals and leads the team in adjusting tactics to achieve them. The Vice President serves as a compelling external spokesperson for Oceana reaching policy makers and the public.

The Brazil Vice President serves on the senior staff executive committee for Oceana internationally. Oceana has offices in 11 countries, which account for nearly one third of the world’s wild-caught fish landings.

The Brazil country director will –

  • Work with other Oceana leaders to define campaigns and set measurable goals
  • Lead the team in achieving Oceana’s campaign goals
  • Act as Oceana’s chief spokesperson in Brazil
  • Recruit and manage a professional staff to accomplish Oceana’s mission
  • Interact persuasively with decision-makers
  • Broaden and grow Oceana’s constituency on behalf of the ocean
  • Build strong coalitions with other nonprofits and local groups
  • Work constructively with stakeholders


For this important role, Oceana seeks a leader with creativity, ambition, and a well-honed instinct for achieving public policy decisions at the national level. He or she must be able to articulate a vision, identify strategic opportunities, and advance them through a range of tactics. The Vice President, Brazil should have the experience and good judgment to anticipate and target important issues, quickly formulate plans, and mobilize appropriate resources. Specifically, an ideal candidate will bring the following professional experience and personal characteristics:

  • Demonstrated ability to achieve policy change in Brazil
  • Professional education in marine science, law, communications, or other relevant field; an advanced degree is preferred
  • 10+ years relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budget development, and management of an organization; experience with international organizations is a plus
  • Demonstrated success in negotiation
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in media relations and public speaking
  • Ability to interact effectively with Oceana staff and volunteers, the public, and government and international agency officials.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Proven ability to lead a professional staff, direct complex programs, and engage a broad array of individuals required
  • Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills essential
  • In addition to Portuguese, fluency in English is required
  • A strong interest in the marine environment and commitment to Oceana’s mission, goals, and values
  • Position requires extensive travel throughout Brazil, as well as international travel
  • Exceptionally strong communication skills
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