Senior Manager, Mexico Resilient Oceans

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.  

Program 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 Oceans program 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 programs 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 Senior Manager, Mexico Resilient Oceans will lead EDF México’s work to tackle overfishing, rebuild depleted fisheries and strengthen coastal communities’ climate resilience through innovation, improved accountability, the adoption of rights-based management, and climate adaptation and mitigation measures in full collaboration with NGOs, fishers and other federal and state fisheries and conservation agencies.

The Senior Manager, Mexico Resilient Oceans will lead a team of staff and consultants, and in collaboration with EDF Mexico’s leadership, set the team’s strategy, goals and objectives, including the oversight of the annual evaluation process, work plans and budget. The Senior Manager, Mexico Resilient Oceans will report to the Senior Director, Mexico Oceans Program.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, supervise and manage implementation of projects for sustainable fisheries, resilient communities, and aquatic food production systems in Mexico.
  • Identify, design, and collaborate directly with key fishing sector leaders and other stakeholders to effectively leverage their voices with state and federal agencies’ officials and other key decision makers to implement sustainable fisheries management and resilience capacities in Mexico’s oceans.
  • Facilitate consistent and effective communications among all Mexico’s program staff and consultants; report and make recommendations to the Mexico Director regarding progress, obstacles, opportunities, and resource needs.
  • Manage a team of staff, partners and consultants to deliver on goals; promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters communication, collaboration, innovation, teamwork, and trust.
  • Participate effectively in science, policy, innovation, technology, governance, and communications team discussions.
  • Represent EDF and its projects as an effective spokesperson to government, fishers, communities, and other stakeholders, including media.
  • Draft proposals, white papers, concept documents and reports for funders, and other audiences.
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders, effectively building alliances and relationships to advance Mexico oceans goals and objectives.
  • Ensure and facilitate cross-learning between programs in Mexico, across Latin America, and EDF as a global organization.
  • Promote science based decisions in forums for natural resources governance.
  • Participate in public events as speaker and ally of sustainable fishing and resilient oceans.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI 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


  • Master’s or PhD degree in a related field, such as environmental management.
  • At least 8 years of experience working in related fields.
  • Background in marine sciences and conservation and/or national fisheries issues, food systems and Mexican political context a plus.
  • Excellent project management skills, and experience overseeing personnel, managing timelines, and deadlines.
  • Ability to use science, law, economics and advocacy to initiate and win positive environmental change.
  • Experience working collaboratively in multi-cultural environments and in developing countries, particularly Mexico.
  • Proven ability to build a network of stakeholders and support for a project.
  • Ability to think critically and solve complex problems by implementing innovative solutions.
  • Ability to work with and communicate complex concepts to colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and public presentation in Spanish and English.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage unexpected issues.
  • Experience working with Mexican government and NGOs a plus.
  • A self-starter with the ability to think strategically and the initiative to work independently while effectively functioning as part of a larger program team.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel in Mexico and internationally.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible for Mexican employment.


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.