Associate Director, Small-Scale Fisheries; Wildlife Conservation Society

Job Title: 
Associate Director, Small-Scale Fisheries
Job Location: 
Bronx, NY
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 21, 2019

Background WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Started in 1895 (as the New York Zoological Society), WCS has a long history of ocean conservation and exploration. Today, WCS supports the conservation of coastal seascapes, coral reefs, mangroves, and iconic marine species, such as sharks, rays, and marine mammals, in the waters of 24 countries around the world.WCS focuses on protecting areas with the greatest biodiversity and aggregations of marine wildlife, as well as important habitats and fisheries on which coastal communities depend.WCS is based at the Bronx Zoo, and operates the four zoos and the New York Aquarium in New York City, collectively visited by 4 million people annually.

The sustainability of small-scale fisheries (SSF) is one of the four key components of WCS’ marine conservation portfolio, as SSF play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecological systems, and further play a vital role for local communities towards a resilient society. An estimated 90 percent of all fishers globally are small-scale fishers, most living in11 developing countries. Coastal populations depend on SSF for food and income, and yet these fisheries are often poorly managed, and face multiple challenges at multiple scales. WCS currently works with coastal communities and fishers, and government partners, employing an ecosystem-based approach to conserve and manage priority coastal seascapes and SSF. This includes a wide range of interventions, such as capacity-building and support in fisheries research management techniques (e.g., fish and fishery data collection, spatial and gear controls, bycatch reduction measures); monitoring and enforcement measures; socioeconomic and gender assessments; and alternative livelihoods. We incorporate and foster traditional, indigenous and community-based management systems and knowledge in many countries. Looking forward, WCS expects to complement this resource-based management approach with a market-based approach to examine product and financial flows, value chains, investment and fund structures, with a view to improve market efficiencies, product valuation, and fisher livelihoods. For more information about the Marine Program, visit, and for more information about our fisheries work, visit here.

Position Description The Associate Director for Small-Scale Fisheries will lead WCS’ Small-Scale Fisheries Program. Based in WCS’s Global Conservation Program headquarters located in the Bronx Zoo, NY, the Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation, and plays a central role with the WCS Marine Conservation Team, alongside the marine core leadership team on Sharks and Rays,Marine Mammals (Ocean Giants), Marine Protected Areas, and Coral Conservation. The position will coordinate closely with relevant HQ leads and WCS Regional Directors. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Responsibilities The Associate Director for Small-Scale Fisheries develops and oversees the program’s strategic direction, coordinates the program activities in science, conservation and policy, and provides support for fisheries-related activities throughout WCS. In addition to strategic development and program management, overall responsibilities include development and fundraising, and communications and marketing. Administration and support for the Small-Scale Fisheries Program will be provided by the Business Manager and the Program Officer of the marine team. The Associate Director for Small-Scale Fisheries will shape additional staffing needs as funding is obtained. Specific responsibilities include:

Program Development, Management, and Technical Guidance

● Advance the strategic development and implementation of WCS's global Small-Scale Fisheries Program in coordination with WCS global and regional leadership, and in conjunction with regional and national strategies. ● Provide technical assistance for field programs on all aspects of SSF management, including data collection and analysis; management interventions; policy development; implementation of market-based measures; impact investing and other financial models for sustainable SSF. ● Support and strengthen existing collaborations among WCS field programs (regionally and nationally) around SSF practice and monitoring, and implement coordinated metrics for measuring impact. ● Develop and oversee workplans, activities, and outputs to ensure timely completion of deliverables and achievement of Program goals. ● Guide and coordinate SSF national and multilateral policy positions with the International Policy team. ● Facilitate consultancies, partnerships and relationships globally, regionally and locally in support of the Small-Scale Fisheries Program. ● Develop the budget and manage the finances of the Small-Scale Fisheries Program. ● Represent the Small-Scale Fisheries Program at meetings, conferences, events, etc.

Development and Fundraising ● Working with the WCS development teams, oversee fundraising to ensure that necessary funds exist for the development and implementation of the WCS Small-Scale Fisheries Program and related projects and activities. ● In conjunction with the development teams and other global and regional leadership, elevate the profile of WCS       activities and impacts relating to small-scale fisheries with funders and donors, including international and domestic public agencies, private donors, foundations and corporations. ● Prepare and review funding proposals and related reports, including narratives and budgets, in support of the Program.

Communication ● Represent the WCS Small-Scale Fisheries Program to external audiences. ● Develop and coordinate programmatic communications with external partners, donors and the general public, regarding Program research, results and accomplishments. ● Write, edit, and design programmatic reports, outreach materials and other communications. ● Facilitate and maintain constant coordination, collaboration and active dialogue

Qualification Requirements

Experience and Qualifications ● PhD, Master’s Degree or similar graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as fisheries biology, management, policy, or economics.  ● 7-10 years of relevant work experience, including project management and administration, fundraising and development, field research and conservation, finance and operations.  ● Relevant subject-matter expertise and experience, including understanding of fisheries management issues and institutions; experience in SSF will be given particular weight. ● Excellent leadership and management skills, with an ability to inspire a team and oversee/manage multiple projects simultaneously. ● Excellent communication skills in writing, editing, and oral presentations. ● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures and within a dispersed team that includes both WCS and non-WCS staff. ● Effective at both collaborative and independent work. ● Ability to both take initiative and work as part of a geographically scattered team. ● Foreign language fluency (e.g., French, Spanish) highly desirable.  ● Familiarity with relevant and cutting-edge fisheries technologies highly desirable. ● Willingness to travel internationally essential.

Compensation and Benefits  Salary commensurate with experience. WCS offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation.

Work Environment and Physical Demands  The physical demands and work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

To Apply Please apply online at and send a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Associate Director, Small-Scale Fisheries - [your name]” to marineprogram [at]  Applications received prior to October 21 will receive priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  WCS is an equal  opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

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