Location: La Jolla, CA Hours: Full-time (some nights and weekends) Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Position Overview This position will support the Blue Prosperity Coalition, a major new initiative of the Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute and other partners with a focus on ocean conservation. The Coalition works with Government partners to achieve ocean protection and sustainable blue growth through technical assistance in marine spatial planning. The Program Officer will play a leadership role developing successful Blue Prosperity Coalition initiatives, including working directly with potential Government partners to develop memoranda of understanding for the Blue Prosperity Coalition. The position will report to the Managing Director of the Waitt Foundation.
Responsibilities The Program Officer is responsible for developing new partnerships with national or provincial Governments for the Blue Prosperity Coalition. Substantial international travel (>50% time) is required for country-level engagement and regional and international meetings. This position will spend a significant amount of time communicating externally with the public and private sectors. Specifically, the Program Officer will: • Work with executive and senior staff to develop strategies on policy and planning as it relates to the Blue Prosperity Coalition • Build durable and successful Blue Prosperity Coalition initiatives through partnership development and negotiation • Develop long-term relationships with government officials, other partners and key stakeholders • Prepare written materials, including scoping documents, as well as synthesizing meeting and travel reports • Advise senior leadership on Blue Prosperity initiative opportunities and potential pitfalls • Institutionalize programs and processes for program sites and headquarters • Represent Waitt Foundation at meetings, conferences and other events at project sites and at other locations
Qualifications Required • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university • Demonstrated skill in establishing and cultivating strong, long-term relationships • Strong knowledge of political processes at the international and country-based levels • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including excellent presentation, interpersonal and public speaking skills • An affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community • Ability to work effectively with others internally and externally, including resolving conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships • Ability to conduct policy analysis and issue development • Ability to negotiate beneficial agreements on behalf of the Waitt Foundation • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet established timelines • Detail orientation and high level of organization skills
Preferred • 5-7 years of relevant work experience • Master’s degree in public policy or law degree • External relations, government relations, or external sales expertise • Experience working with developing countries and international organizations • Experience with ocean conservation and management programs and policy, including marine spatial planning, fisheries management, and blue economy • Experience working with non-profits and non-governmental organizations To apply, submit cover letter and resume as PDFs to info [at] waittfoundation.org with the “Program Officer” in the Subject Line. Reviewed on rolling basis. For full consideration, please submit application by February 1, 2019.