Northeast Asia Fisheries Director

Ocean Outcomes

Not Specified, United States Full-time in Other
    • Job ID 1490696

    Job Description

    Location: Remote, based in the Americas, East Asia, Southeast Asia or Oceania

    Position Overview

    Lead O2’s diverse fisheries and seafood sustainability initiatives and partnerships across Northeast Asia, with an important focus on large-scale fisheries and their supply chains, and actively promoting the development of improved domestic fishery management systems of the region’s countries. This is an extremely unique opportunity to maintain, adapt and grow an exciting and diverse regional fisheries sustainability initiative with the potential for profound global impact. O2’s sustainability programs include environmental and social responsibility and also recognize the importance of economic enabling conditions. The current focus of these programmatic activities is on improved sustainability of tuna longline fisheries conducted by Northeast Asian countries; for instance, actively working with industry, government and NGO partners toward improved transparency and accountability of at sea fishing operations through effective on-water observation with electronic monitoring systems. O2’s engagement in domestic fisheries sustainability work in China, South Korea and Taiwan is expanding, as well as dimensions of our distant water fishery efforts beyond longline tuna. The Northeast Asia Fisheries Director will manage staff in South Korea and Taiwan, as well as strategic partnerships with colleague organizations in Japan and China.

    The Director is responsible for leading programmatic strategy development, building key relationships with various partners and stakeholders throughout relevant international seafood supply chains to create successful enabling conditions for mission delivery, playing a key role in required fundraising, working actively and closely with the team on tactical and effective program implementation, representing O2 as a regional and global thought leader in this programmatic space, and managing programmatic budgets.

    The position is a member of O2’s leadership team and contributes to integrated strategy and budget development across all teams and work streams within the organization. O2’s collaborative and practical problem solving approach includes working with a variety of teams, both inside and outside of O2. The person in this position should be adaptable and comfortable with uncertainty because we work on challenging issues and fisheries with diverse stakeholders, including seafood businesses, fishers, academia, NGOs and government.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Adapt and grow an effective long-term programmatic strategy, working very closely and actively with team members to support excellent project implementation and deliver mission impact
    • Maintain and build key relationships – regionally and internationally – necessary to create support, demand and other enabling conditions for effective program outcomes
    • Play a lead role in raising philanthropic and earned income necessary to support program strategies and activities
    • Effectively manage and empower team members; prudently steward and manage budgets
    • Be a champion and model of O2’s organizational equity centered culture in both internal and external relationships
    • Be a productive organizational team leader within the leadership team and across the organization


    What we need:

    • Strong training and experience in fisheries, seafood production and/or supply chains, environmental, and/or social sciences and enthusiasm to apply that knowledge to address environmental and social sustainability issues with groups engaged in fisheries and seafood
    • An understanding of distant water fishery supply chains for tuna and small pelagic species
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders to support and create demands/incentives for sustainability solutions, e.g. seafood businesses, funders, NGO partners, and government management and science organizations
    • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a remote team, be communicative and creatively flexible to tackle challenges in a dynamic global landscape
    • Proven ability to raise and manage funding needed to deliver the program’s strategy
    • Reliability – follows through on commitments and delivers high quality work on schedule
    • Empathy, respect for diverse perspectives
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and ability to work with a geographically dispersed team, colleagues, partners and clients across time zones and diverse cultures
    • Capability to build and maintain professional, equity-centered, relationships with coworkers, stakeholders and clients
    • Flexible capacity for international and domestic travel to support program objectives

    What we’d be excited to see:

    • Advanced degree in relevant field and deep experience with fisheries management systems and solutions
    • A network of strong relationships in distant water fishery supply chains and experience engaging seafood business partners, including end markets in the US and EU
    • Experience generating earned income relationships to support programmatic outcomes
    • Working ability/fluency in a regionally relevant language (e.g. Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese)


    Compensation, Location and Travel Expectations

    Starting base compensation for this position will be $84,000 – $104,000 USD, commensurate with experience. The position will be ‘home-based,’ meaning the employee will support their own work space in a location of their choice. Currently, O2 has team members in Taiwan, South Korea, Hawaii and the mainland United States. Intermittent travel to the US, within Northeast Asia and globally is a dimension of the position with respect to staff and partner relations. We aspire to bring the whole team together in-person each year when possible.

    To Apply:

    Please apply using Workable. Ensure your cover letter describes why you are interested and uniquely qualified for this role. All applications will be confidential.


    Recruitment will continue until an ideal candidate is found – immediate application is encouraged as screening and selection process will begin immediately. Applications received by 22 January 2024 will receive priority consideration.

    We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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