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Senior Director, Aquaculture- Washington DC

Organization: World Wildlife Fund

Position Title: Senior Director, Aquaculture

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: not given


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Director, Aquaculture who will be responsible for overall strategy development and implementation for WWF-US’ aquaculture work, building and managing a cross-functional, international team working towards a common vision and objectives, and successfully fundraise for and communicate our overall aquaculture efforts.


1.Strategic vision: Works with Markets, Priority Places, Business and Industry Engagement, Policy, and Development staff to develop and implement strategies that will measurably reduce the impacts of producing and distributing priority aquaculture commodities. Develops and implements responsible farmed seafood procurement strategies for individual companies as well as entire industries. Develops WWF’s long-term aquaculture plans and strategies, and balances long-term needs with short-term demands in establishing priorities and delivering results in a timely way. Supports the conservation of priority places through “global to local” targeting of key aquaculture commodities that affect biodiversity conservation in WWF’s priority places.

2.Negotiations and partnering: Works closely with all Markets programs and the Market Transformation Initiative to develop far-reaching partnerships that reduce key environmental impacts of aquaculture. Engages the WWF Network and other key partners to integrate aquaculture efforts globally and leverage WWF’s resources. Engages with strategic corporate partners as well as entire sectors. Represents WWF-US’ commitment to dramatic accomplishments in 3 years while collaborating with the WWF Network to build an integrated aquaculture strategy and work plan. Ensures positive working alliances with other key stakeholders.

3.Communications and fundraising: Serves as the WWF champion, in the US and globally, for conservation activities related to aquaculture. Represents WWF and serves as its public face on global aquaculture efforts, including representing WWF on aquaculture in all significant global events. Engage policymakers and institutions to build public awareness and commitment through such efforts as behind the scenes negotiations as well as comprehensive campaigns. Leads major fundraising efforts in conjunction with Development staff, including developing annual fundraising targets. Accountable for annual fundraising goals as well as providing timely information about the results achieved through funding commitments.

4.Team building and management: Builds and leads a team that manages WWF-US’s aquaculture work as well as our relationships with all our partners on aquaculture. Leads the team to execute the strategy for engaging with specific institutions or sets of institutions. Sets goals and expectations, drives success, and measures and communicates progress on an ongoing basis. Creates opportunities for recognition and development. Provides feedback, counseling and coaching to staff in the unit and beyond as appropriate.

5.Cross-cutting innovation: Seeks opportunities to develop performance-based approaches that reduce or mitigate the adverse impacts of aquaculture. Supports efforts to develop and field test producer performance indicators and aquaculture improvement programs (AIPs) that produce significant and measurable reductions of environmental and social impacts and help producers become certified against ASC standards.

6.Creativity and institutional learning: Develops new and creative solutions that will leverage aquaculture markets to contribute to conservation in WWF’s priority places. Solves problems and makes things happen under complex circumstances.

7.Performs other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (such as Biology, Environmental Studies, Fistheries, etc.) is required; graduate is preferred. Candidates should have twelve years work experience in relevant area, including work in most of the following: international aquaculture production, certification of aquaculture, aquaculture business management, negotiations with internal and external stakeholders, design and negotiation of strategic partnerships that are multi-dimensional and broad-reaching and implementation and activation of partnerships within an organization or institution. Experience working with governments, NGOs and other global organizations around aquacultural issues is preferred.

Skills and Abilities •Aquaculture production experience is required •Multiple species experience is required •Experience in a developing country context strongly preferred. •Fluency in English required. Additional language skills are preferred. •Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. •Excellent organizational skills with an emphasis on program development and project management are required. •A high level of interpersonal skills is required, especially relationship and team management skills and the ability to work as part of a high-level international team. •Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints is a must. •National and international travel required (up to 30%).

How to Apply

•Please visit our careers page and submit an online application
•Submit cover letter and resume to, job #14021
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•AA/EOE Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
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