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

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 Mexico.

Since 2001, 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.

We accomplished these outcomes by setting clear and measurable policy goals; engaging in fact-based advocacy; proposing practical solutions; communicating clearly with the public and stakeholders; and working with allies.

Oceana opened its office in Mexico in 2018, and already has achieved progress towards its goals of rebuilding fisheries, increasing transparency, and preventing ocean pollution. The Vice President for Oceana’s Mexico’s office will lead Oceana’s campaigns in Mexico and help to define new ones. He or she will lead a team currently consisting of seven professionals with skills in science, law, policy, outreach, and communications to accomplish Oceana’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 team focused on campaign goals and leads it in executing and adjusting tactics to achieve those goals. The Vice President for Mexico also serves as a compelling external spokesperson for Oceana reaching policy makers and the public.

The Vice President for Mexico serves on Oceana’s International Executive Committee. Oceana has offices in 12 countries, which account for almost 40 percent of the world’s wild-caught fish landings.

The Mexico country director will –
• Work with other Oceana executives to define campaigns and set measurable goals
• Lead the team in achieving Oceana’s campaign goals
• Act as Oceana’s chief spokesperson in Mexico
• Assist with fundraising and grant management
• 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 for Mexico 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 national policy change in Mexico
• Advanced degree in marine science, law, communications, or other relevant field
• 10+ years of 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 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 Spanish, fluency in English is required
• A strong interest in the marine environment and commitment to Oceana’s mission, goals, and values
• Ability to perform extensive travel throughout Mexico and internationally
• Exceptionally strong communication skills

“Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.”

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Please submit materials in English, highlight why your experience is a good fit for this position, and include the dates you are available. Please upload your cover letter and resume when submitting your application.

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