Director, Gulf of Mexico Oceans Program

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading conservation group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, focuses on solving the most pressing environmental challenges through strong science, uncommon partnerships, and market-based approaches.   

Overall Function
EDF’s Oceans Program works to improve the health of the oceans through innovative and durable solutions to today’s toughest fishery management challenges. EDF’s Gulf of Mexico Oceans Program seeks a Director to be responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of strategies that advance these goals in the Gulf region. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has an interest in fisheries and oceans policy, and demonstrated success managing regional teams and affecting policy change. The Director will report to the Associate Vice President for regional programs.

The overarching goal for the Director is to lead and support strategies and activities to ensure that the Gulf of Mexico region is on a durable path to sustainable fisheries management.

Key Responsibilities  

The Director – Gulf of Mexico, Oceans Program will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Manage the Gulf of Mexico Oceans Program team. Enhance communication, coordination, and efficiency, and leverage the strengths and experience of Oceans Program staff in EDF’s Texas office.
  • Supervise Program operations, review and update budget and strategic planning documents and work plans for all major program initiatives in the region, as necessary.
  • Serve as primary liaison with other EDF regional and national Oceans Program staff and contribute to their objectives.
  • Analyze complex fishery management programs and find ways to eliminate overfishing, rebuild depleted fisheries and strengthen the commercial and recreational communities...
  • Forge alliances among disparate interest groups in the Gulf of Mexico. Help to build regional and national coalitions and promote conservation leadership in the commercial and recreational fishing communities.
  • Engage the media to advance project objectives and communicate project results to a broad array of audiences.
  • Coordinate the region’s work with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service, and other federal, state and interstate fishery and ocean conservation agencies.
  • Engage academic scientists, policy experts, and others to solve complex fishery management problems.
  • Represent the Gulf of Mexico Oceans Program at regional advisory board and national trustees meetings as needed. Work with EDF development officers to identify potential funding sources and secure funding to help expand the program.
  • Prepare and supervise the annual budget for the regional program.
  • Function as a member of the Ocean Program’s Leadership Team with the goal of improving the effectiveness and coordination of the Ocean Program

The ideal candidate ought to possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage program and staff
  • Ability to use science, law, economics and advocacy to initiate and win positive environmental change
  • Experience achieving results in policy and politics
  • Experience with state and federal natural resource management agencies, state legislatures, or the U.S. Congress preferred
  • Knowledge of federal and state ocean conservation laws and regulations preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively with nonprofit colleagues and partners, scientists, economists, industry leaders, regulators and public policy decision makers
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree in law, marine biology, natural resource economics, or related discipline preferred. 
Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer
June 24, 2014
Regular Full-Time
Austin, TX, United States