Director, Small-Scale Fisheries Campaign

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

JOB DESCRIPTION: Director, Small-Scale Fisheries Campaign

Term Hire, One year January-December 2022

Location: Washington D.C., San Francisco, CA or Remote

Team Overview

Healthy oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. But they're in peril - from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction and other threats. That's why EDF's Climate Resilient Fisheries & Oceans team is working to safeguard the oceans and protect nature while feeding the planet, creating more secure livelihoods, and bolstering more equitable societies for human well-being. One of the greatest threats to the oceans is overfishing, which is why our dedicated team of scientists, economists, and fishery management experts are collaborating with partners around the globe to make sustainable fishing the norm. Through our work in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia Pacific, we draw on strong science and economic principles to advance sustainable fishing practices, forward-looking policies and innovative tools that support the health of our oceans and the people who depend on them for food and their livelihoods.

Overall Function:

The Small-Scale Fisheries Campaign Director will lead EDF's global small-scale fisheries (SSF) advocacy program throughout the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) to drive investment in, and adoption of policies and regulations that support sustainable, equitable, and resilient small-scale fisheries and communities. They will provide strategic oversight for EDF's global SSF initiatives and lead a team executing this vision. The Director will be responsible for designing and executing multi-faceted campaigns that include public policy, awareness raising, and outreach and will coordinate these campaigns with EDF's country teams.  They will also be responsible for leveraging the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub platform as a key instrument and partnership to meet campaign objectives. They will build and maintain key strategic partnerships and relationships to advance campaign goals, including influencing humanitarian and financial institutions to incorporate coastal communities and SSF into their projects and programs.


  • Work with Senior Director, Fishery Solutions Center (FSC), EDF's global SSF team, Government Partnerships team, Climate Resilient Food Systems team, Climate Resilient Fisheries & Oceans country directors, and the Marketing and Communications team to implement EDF's SSF campaign throughout IYAFA.
  • Manage all aspects of campaign development and implementation, including planning, monitoring, impact evaluation, and providing day-to-day guidance on activities.
  • Incorporate and oversee SSF Hub campaign activities as key contributions to the success of IYAFA.
  • Provide reports and updates about campaign progress, opportunities, partnerships and anticipated victories to EDF leadership.
  • Maintain a network of key government, small-scale fishing sector, and NGO partners to support campaign objectives.
  • Coordinate with EDF's Climate Resilient Food Systems team and Government Partnerships team on strategies to elevate the urgent need to address small-scale fisheries with key audiences.
  • Speak on behalf of EDF in key external forums, as needed.
  • Supervise a dedicated team of staff and consultants.
  • Elevate the organizing, participation, and influence of small-scale fishing community representatives and members within the movement.
  • Direct the monitoring and reporting of all program outcomes and indicators to ensure program is meeting goals and outcomes.
  • Develop timely, comprehensible, politically salient materials for policy makers, media outlets, and other stakeholders (including analyses, fact sheets, answers to specific queries, and other information as needed) in close coordination with relevant EDF staff.
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated ability to oversee and implement a campaign to drive global movements. Candidates must have exceptional strategic and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to inspire and drive action.
  • At least eight years professional experience in environmental policy, advocacy, or campaigns. Advanced degree in public policy, international development, or conservation, or comparable substantive expertise and experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate high-level, high-stakes engagements with senior officials, environmental NGOs, sector representatives and other key stakeholders. 
  • Strong familiarity with the oceans and fisheries policy landscape, knowledge of international development and small-scale fishery issues and policies a plus.
  • Interest in and experience navigating intersecting issues, including environmental justice, equity, development, and human rights.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and rally a team towards shared objectives and goals, and a high capacity for working collaboratively across multiple programs.
  • Keen strategic capacity, and strong ability to set priorities and take initiative consistent with broad strategic guidance and to execute and refine as needed given contextual considerations.
  • Clear, concise, and engaging verbal and written communicator.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Term and Salary Information

  • One-year, with potential for extension depending on budget and team needs.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.