Project Director, Global Tuna Conservation
- Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts
District of Columbia
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Pew's global tuna conservation campaign works to ensure a future for the world's largest tuna species and the largest tuna fishery. Industrial fishing vessels place more nets and hooks in the water in their search for tunas than in any other fishery in the world. These vessels are also responsible for the incidental catch of massive numbers of sharks, billfish, turtles, seabirds and other marine species caught as collateral damage by these fisheries. Unfortunately, as valuable migratory species that cross national and international boundaries, developing the tools to effectively and sustainably manage tuna fisheries has proven challenging. Pew works to ended or prevented the overfishing of the five major commercially fished tuna species in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, by ensuring precautionary, science-based management of select tuna stocks in the Pacific and Atlantic and working for much-needed reforms for the two major gears used to catch tuna: purse seines with fish aggregating devices and surface longlines.
The global tuna conservation campaign is one of eight projects that fit within Pew's international ocean conservation program.
The project director, global tuna conservation is responsible for delivering campaign outcomes across the full campaign portfolio through leadership in the development and implementation of strategies and activities to achieve the agreed project deliverables. The position reports to the director, international fisheries.
The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
- Develop and implement targeted, effective and measurable campaign strategies that seek to secure the protection of tuna at a global level, as agreed with the director, international fisheries.
- Direct and oversee the delivery of current campaign activities, ensuring that key campaign work already in train meets the goals established.
- Conduct planning to scope and develop future international fisheries campaign strategies, setting achievable and measurable goals that build on campaign achievements to date, and advance impact and momentum.
- Collaborate with the director, international fisheries and other fisheries project directors to develop and execute a Pew international fisheries strategy.
- Work with the communications department to develop and oversee a global communication strategy that seeks to support achievement of campaign aims.
- Identify opportunities and develop an effective plan, with key targets, objectives and deliverables to advance tuna conservation efforts in key RFMOs and countries.
- Provide strong leadership, management and oversight to the Global Tuna Conservation campaign team, setting measurable goals and targets, establish work plans and activity milestones, conduct performance evaluations, and use evaluation mechanisms to monitor individual and team achievements, and ensure project staff are adhering to Pew policies and procedures and partnering effectively with key stakeholders.
- Design cost effective budgets and monitor campaign expenses, evaluating project costs.
- Identify capacity needs, including hiring new staff and consultants to ensure the campaign has the necessary resources to achieve its goals.
- Determine when goals are at risk of not being met, identify the causes and, when needed, take appropriate steps to fix any problems in ways that keep the campaign on course.
- Identify, build and support fundraising activities and cultivation of funder relationships, including cultivating donor relationships, develop and submit funding proposals, and meet reporting requirements.
- Establish and maintain communications and relationships with policymakers, marine conservation groups, scientific bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign goals.
- Develop ongoing mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities and market trends, regulatory and scientific developments that have relevance for campaign efforts.
- Serve as a spokesperson in order to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies about the tangible mechanisms and solutions to protect tuna populations, including representing the Trusts publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums and authoring articles for newspapers, magazines and peer-reviewed journals.
- Contribute to, and participate in, the tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew Charitable Trust-related projects and activities as needed.
- Bachelor's degree required, advance degree preferred.
- A minimum ten years of experience in the conservation arena. This includes designing and implementing campaigns and large initiatives aimed at solving conservation needs. Expertise in wilderness protection, biodiversity conservation and management, environmental advocacy and/or land and sea protection preferred.
- A minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
- Seasoned judgment. Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with consultants, colleagues, and partners. Able to adapt to a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chains of command hierarchies.
- Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Ability to analyze budgetary information and assess organizational capacity. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
- Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
- Media-savvy and politically astute. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing issues. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills.
- Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.
- Personal expertise, connections and networks. Possess a strong network of relevant contacts that can provide expert information and advance results. Able to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes. Familiarity and connection with the conservation community is desirable.
- Fluency in English
- Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.
It is anticipated that the individual in this position will undertake substantial travel internationally for 40 percent of their time (up to approximately 100 days/yr) to meet campaign objectives. This travel will cross both weekends and weekdays in order to accommodate international scheduling.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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