Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager; Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Job Title: 
Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager

SUPERVISOR: Chief Community Officer


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges.  Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI’s Sustainable Seafood Program advises buyers on responsible sourcing from around the world and develops strategies to increase the volume and value of Gulf of Maine (GOM) seafood sold into regional markets by engaging across the supply chain. Key elements of the program include: Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested Brand, which verifies GOM fisheries against internationally recognized standards and licenses supply chain partners to use the brand to credential GOM seafood; buyer engagement with major regional retail banners on global sourcing; convenings to build awareness and facilitate flow of local product through regional supply chains; business partnerships to increase sales of GOM seafood at restaurants, retailers, high schools, universities, hospitals, and corporations; facilitation of Fishery Improvement Projects to help regional fisheries meet sustainable seafood standards of major purchasers; and technical assistance for producers to increase access to local seafood markets.

GMRI seeks a seasoned professional to lead its Sustainable Seafood Program. The successful candidate will bring rich experience, creativity, energy, and a successful professional track record. The position requires vision and initiative to uncover and develop new pathways that increase market access and market value for GOM seafood and to provide expert consultation to major buyers on seafood sourcing from around the world. The Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager will lead a highly capable team and draw on the experience of colleagues at GMRI. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for generating revenue and delivering on program commitments.


The Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager responsibilities are as follows:

Program Leadership:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the Sustainable Seafood Program, anticipating opportunities and trends and responding accordingly. 
  • Refine and implement strategic plans for the Sustainable Seafood Program.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leading fishing associations, processors, brokers, supermarket chains, restaurant chains, and conservation groups.

Relationship Management:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other national and international sustainable seafood organizations, including the Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leading fishing associations, processors, brokers, supermarket chains, and restaurant chains.

Technical Support to Supply Chain:

  • Harness market demand for responsibly harvested/grown seafood through supply chain engagement.
  • Work with lead supermarket partners to implement robust responsible seafood sourcing policies across all categories.
  • Knit together early adopters in the seafood supply chain to collaborate in the development of premium market opportunities for Gulf of Maine seafood.
  • Nurture market demand for Gulf of Maine seafood through partnerships with restaurants, retailers, and institutions.


  • Assume point of contact responsibility with funding sources.
  • Secure funding required to grow and sustain the program through grant writing and individual and corporate donor stewardship and solicitation.
  • Develop and implement long-term funding model.

Program Management:

  • Hire and supervise three or more program staff.
  • Develop and manage annual budget in excess of $500,000.
  • Fulfill administrative reporting duties as required.
  • Represent GMRI at meetings and conferences.
  • Collaborate with GMRI’s other research, education, and community programs to integrate the Sustainable Seafood program.


  • 10+ years of professional experience in seafood marketing, certification, buyer engagement, or similar;
  • Proven track record in raising funds and managing grants & contracts;
  • Experience leading a dynamic team;
  • Experience in designing, developing and executing sophisticated programs including stakeholder engagement.
  • Ability to collaborate with small and large businesses;
  • Advanced degree in business, marine policy, marketing, or similar preferred;
  • Self-motivation; and
  • Sense of humor

To Apply:

To apply for this position visit the GMRI website:  The application link is within the text of the job description.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Questions should be referred to jobs [at] However, we will not accept resumes sent to this address. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. GMRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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