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Fisheries Campaign Director, Mexico

Oceana is the largest advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Founded in 2001, 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. With offices in 11 countries 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

Oceana Mexico was established in February 2018 and is headquartered in Mexico City. Oceana Mexico will work with the government, society, the fishing sector and scientists to influence changes and necessary adjustments in policies, management and marine fishing activity. Oceana has achieved dozens of concrete policy victories for coastal communities, marine life and critical ecosystems all over the world. We have dramatically improved the productivity of fisheries by applying science-based catch limits, increasing transparency in government decisions and protecting millions of square kilometers of sensitive habitats from pollution and other destructive activities. Our victories represent a new hope for the world's oceans.

General Summary

The Campaign Director will work closely with the Vice President of Oceana Mexico to plan, develop, implement and win Oceana’s policy campaigns. The Director will lead policy campaigns designed to make changes in transparency, fisheries, ocean habitat and other related topics. The incumbent will help to recruit and train a multidisciplinary team to pursue Oceana Mexico’s campaign goals. Strong leadership, management, strategic thinking skills, and a background in fisheries policy and wildlife conservation are essential to the success of the campaigns. The campaign director will report to and work closely with the Vice President for Oceana Mexico.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Work closely with the Vice President in the development and implementation of campaign strategies and tactics

• Work closely with the Vice President in the development of annual and longer-term campaign goals

•Recruit, lead and manage a team of Oceana Mexico staff or consultants consisting of scientist(s), advocates, communications professionals, lawyers and others to achieve campaign goals

•Assist with new campaign development as needed

•Work closely with the Vice President to develop advocacy, communications, outreach and legal strategies to achieve the goals of the campaign

•Establish and maintain Oceana leadership on campaign issues

•Develop campaign messages, strategies and materials

•Serve as spokesperson for the campaign and related issues to the press

•Work closely with the vice president in the planning and implementation of events

•Manage outside relationships with partners, vendors, supporters, and decision-makers

•Manage the research and writing of reports, papers, and other materials

•Maintain a working knowledge of related science and policy practices

•Develop and manage campaign budget

•Assist in fundraising for campaign projects and programs

•Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve campaign objectives

Educational and Professional Experience:

•Seven (7) years of related professional experience including at least three (3) years managing staff and teams. Experience in fisheries management and ocean conservation is ideal.

•Must have exceptional management skills with proven ability to lead a professional staff and ability to work effectively in a team environment.

•Experience completing projects under tight deadlines and effectively managing a demanding work load.

•Ability to work on multiple projects in parallel.

•Capability to effectively lead a campaign team.

•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

•Fluency in Spanish and English is required

•30% travel time is required

Work Environment:

  • Office headquartered in Mexico City.
  • Excellent work environment and great culture based on organization, processes, planning and results


To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter, written in English, to:  mexico@oceana.org