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Project Director | Social Responsibility

Santa Cruz, CA, USA
USD per year
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The Organization For almost 20 years, FishWise has worked closely with businesses to advance sustainability in the seafood sector. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood, from addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, to improving traceability and mitigating risks of human rights abuses in global supply chains. FishWise is unique among sustainable seafood organizations, with a mission equally focused on people and planet, and a dedicated team that works specifically on the protection and promotion of human and labor rights. We achieve measurable impact by: Partnering with companies to develop comprehensive seafood sustainability programs with transparent, time-bound commitments Convening and connecting stakeholders to drive improvements in supply chain social responsibility, focusing on labor rights Creating best practice guidance and resources to improve the labor conditions of some of the most vulnerable workers in seafood Job Opportunity: FishWise is hiring a Social Responsibility Project Director to lead and support the evolution of strategic initiatives to protect and promote human and labor rights in the seafood sector, with a particular focus on responsible recruitment initiatives. Reporting to the Social Responsibility Division Director, the Project Director will be responsible for research, development, and execution of multiple high-impact initiatives in a cross-functional team structure. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal communication and facilitation skills, superior project and personnel management experience, and a strong commitment to advancing the FishWise mission. With the recent update and relaunch of Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE), and existing FishWise partnerships with businesses, NGOs, and research organizations, FishWise is in a strong position to catalyze concrete advancements across the sector. Our dedication to collaboration with seafood sustainability NGOs and human and labor rights CSOs create rich opportunities for bridge building and fostering awareness of diverse solutions, ideally drawing from lessons learned across sectors. In particular, the Project Director will develop and lead projects related to the RISE Foundation of Responsible Recruitment, as well as initiatives that more generally advance decent work for all seafood workers. Thus, the ideal candidate will have expertise related to responsible recruitment, such as implementing the Employer Pays Principle, fee reimbursement mechanisms, and/or remediation. Experience across sectors is preferred, ideally with at least basic familiarity with the seafood industry and its unique challenges and opportunities. Role and Responsibilities: Lead Social Responsibility Division grant-funded and industry partner efforts, with a near-term focus on responsible recruitment and other human rights due diligence-based initiatives that protect and promote labor and human rights throughout global seafood supply chains. Advance FishWise’s prominence in the field by working with human and labor rights, fisheries, and seafood markets experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at conferences and events. Supervise and manage programs, projects, and staff, at times across Divisions, to provide technical direction and other feedback Represent FishWise externally, using both written and verbal communications, including public presentations in multiple diverse venues Provide technical guidance and other support to the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT), funded by USAID, with the goal of protecting and promoting human and labor rights by leveraging traceability systems. This may include developing and refining key data elements, convenings, and the provision of seafood-specific guidance to governments. Provide technical and strategic input to the Social Responsibility and Business Engagement Divisions, as they plan, coordinate, and implement social responsibility services for business partners, including developing, tracking, and ensuring progress against contract line items. Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on human and labor rights, due diligence, social responsibility, sustainability, and related efforts to stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments and serve as a technical expert. Support and/or lead the development of funding proposals, communicate with funders, and expand fundraising activities to support existing and future operations related to social responsibility projects as well as interdisciplinary FishWise projects (i.e. related to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, illegal fishing, and traceability). Required Experience and Qualifications: Dedication and passion for human and labor rights and a commitment to advancing the FishWise mission Broad and deep expertise in human and labor rights, with particular expertise related to human rights due diligence, responsible recruitment, worker engagement, decent work at sea, and/or other key topics aligned with FishWise’s approach and strategy. A related ability to maintain and grow the organization’s network of key stakeholders and other contacts, including funders Basic understanding of and/or the desire to learn more about fisheries and aquaculture production, traceability, seafood sustainability ratings, and market-based conservation initiatives Excellent project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, organize work flows and materials, manage multiple and simultaneous work streams, and establish and maintain project scope Excellent verbal and written communication skills, copy-editing and proofreading skills, ability to strategically synthesize and convey complex ideas to targeted audiences Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing and results- oriented environment Innovative mindset, open to pursuing business development and funding opportunities that contribute to the financial security of the organization Advanced Degree plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, or a minimum of eleven years of equivalent experience Additional Preferred Experience: Cross-sectoral experience and knowledge, with the ability to apply relevant lessons to the seafood industry Implementing and/or designing US government contracts and grants (e.g. DOL/ILAB, USAID) Successful fundraising experience, particularly from US Government or private funders (including corporate foundations or earned income through industry consultancies or other partnerships) Successful experience working in partnership with retailers, suppliers or other industry actors to improve and protect labor and human rights throughout global supply chains Familiarity with and/or desire to learn about traceability systems and other data collection and information management systems, particularly as applied to labor and human rights Hours and Compensation: FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position has the option to be fully in-office, remote, or partially remote. Santa Cruz or Washington, D.C. location preferred. This is a full-time position. Work hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (PST or EST, with flexible scheduling options contingent on supervisor’s approval). Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required. Occasional business travel and personal transportation may be required. Salary range $70,000-$90,000, plus competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions. FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.
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