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Director of Fisheries & Aquaculture Programs

Location:Boston, MA
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Conservation
Description:BACKGROUND:
The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation issues. Over the past 20 years, the Aquarium has been involved in numerous research, policy and market-based initiatives to address the major threats facing our oceans.

SUMMARY:
This position will lead and direct the staff of NEAq’s sustainable fisheries and aquaculture programs and oversee the strategic growth of these programs to ensure they have optimal reach and impact. The Director, in collaboration with the Associate Vice President of Conservation, will identify topics and projects for fisheries and aquaculture work; develop and manage specific fisheries and aquaculture initiatives; develop and maintain professional relationships and collaborations with other institutions; and work with other departments within NEAq to promote the institution’s work on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in concert with the institution’s overall mission. The position reports to the Associate VP of Conservation.
Duties:* Lead strategy development for building programmatic growth and operational capacity.
* Manage the program’s staff and annual budget.
* Develop goals and strategies for corporations to address key seafood sustainability issue areas, in coordination with other Aquarium initiatives.
* Cultivate new and provide senior oversight for existing corporate sustainable seafood partnerships.
* Represent the sustainable fisheries and aquaculture efforts of the New England Aquarium at local, national and international forums.
* Network with leaders of other organizations and political leaders up to the congressional level.
* Fundraise from governmental and foundation sources with support from the Assoc. VP of Conservation and NEAq’s Development Department, including writing proposals and travelling for meetings with funders.

Qualifications:Minimum Training and Experience
Graduate degree in marine biology, policy, management and/or business, including 7-10 years of experience in program/project management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture industries and seafood conservation issues.
* Ability and experience in directing a program and staff to set clear goals and meet deadlines.
* Excellent communication and organizational skills.
* Experience with professional publications in science and/or policy.
* Proven fundraising experience.
* Familiarity with fisheries and aquaculture policy and regulatory activities.
* Experience in leading consulting-type projects as well as negotiation and business-relation skills.
* Ability to work as part of a team and within an institutional setting.
* Ease and confidence in handling media and potentially sensitive issues.
* Willingness and interest in traveling extensively (locally, nationally and internationally) representing NEAq to potential and existing business partners, and other constituencies.
* A working knowledge of PC-based systems is required, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet.

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