Manager, Fishery Market Initiatives

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 green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function
EDF’s Catch Share Design Center (CSDC) provides cutting edge tools and information to fishery managers, fishermen and other interested stakeholders in order to advance the development and implementation of catch share programs worldwide.  The Manager, Fishery Market Initiatives will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies that advance these goals both directly and through the work of the Oceans Program’s regional teams, including those in Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Manager, Fishery Market Initiatives will also have primary responsibility for overseeing EDF’s work on developing the investment case for fisheries, designing and implementing projects related to fishery investment, including coordinating with other stakeholders from the public and private sectors.  The Manager reports to the CSDC Director.

Key Responsibilities
The position will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Build alliances with diverse array of stakeholders, including financiers, seafood executives, fishermen, fishery managers, policymakers and other NGOs, to further the goals of the center. 
  • Develop and implement a strategy for advancing private and public investments in fisheries projects that drive management reform, improve sustainability and achieve financial returns.
  • Position EDF and the Catch Share Design Center as a thought leader and active resource on global fisheries finance and investment issues.
  • Oversee and manage the work of a cadre of key consultants and staff to implement strategy and achieve program goals.
  • Communicate with seafood companies, financiers, media, policy-makers and various stakeholders to build understanding of catch shares and investment opportunities presented by a transition to improved management.
  • With the Director, coordinate work on fisheries investments with other goals and functions of the team, including catch share design, training, communications and more.
  • Work with EDF Oceans regional teams, and other possible clients, to understand their needs and develop financing solutions that will advance project goals.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders and EDF leadership
  • Travel up to 30%
  • Responsible for growing and leading this new area of work, including identifying needed knowledge and skills and managing a team of experts to effectively deliver this work.  Tasks may include hiring and managing staff, assigning and reviewing work and coordinating with other departments.
  • Manage a portion of the Catch Share Design Center budget, up to $2 million. 


  • MBA preferred. Advanced degree, or equivalent professional experience, in finance, policy, or economics, in areas related to environmental or marine resources policy, environmental sciences, sustainable development or related fields.
  • Three to five years’ experience of related work experience in the fields of finance, consulting and/or advocacy
  • Deep understanding of finance, especially related to social or environmental applications.
  • Demonstrated analytic skills and ability to perform rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work
  • Demonstrated strategic planning experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage projects and a growing program and staff
  • A collaborative leadership style, with proven ability to empower and inspire staff and encourage staff development
  • A strong understanding of business with a proven track record of building alliances and working with investors, fishermen, fishing companies and policy-makers
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining effective relationships with external partners, including companies, government agencies, grassroots organizations and  members of strategic coalitions
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with ability to garner consensus between disparate groups with conflicting priorities
  • Deep knowledge of catch share programs (domestic or international) from theory through  implementation
  • Understanding of the business, environmental, scientific and other issues related to creating and maintaining sustainable fisheries
  • Experience with markets for environmental commodities other than fish (e.g. carbon or water markets)
  • Experience working in the private sector, e.g. finance, consulting firm, seafood company, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across cultural contexts.  Additional language skills a bonus.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and demonstrated ability to easily communicate complex, technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to understand, persuade and influence audiences
  • Demonstrated experience communicating on financial and economic concepts including ability to make formal presentations before a wide range of stakeholders including investors, philanthropists, economists, scientists, fisheries officials and others.
San Francisco, CA

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


September 4, 2014
Regular Full-Time
San Francisco, CA, United States