Executive Director

Multiplier

Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
Position Announcement – November 2019

Position: Executive Director
Location: Work from Home Office in the United States

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (the “Alliance”) welcomes applications for the position of Executive Director, available immediately.

About the Alliance

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions serves as a strategic catalyst for the sustainable seafood sector by connecting over 40 leading conservation groups from North America, South America, Europe, Japan, and beyond. We work with leading businesses throughout the supply chain, from fishers and fish farmers, to importers, suppliers, retailers and foodservice companies. Guided by the Alliance Board, we work together to tackle challenges that are too big for any one organization or business to solve alone. By sharing expertise and co-developing tools, we help businesses advance ambitious sustainable seafood commitments and assist fisheries and aquaculture farms to make improvements. The Conservation Alliance works towards transformational change by:
● Aligning our work. The Alliance facilitates alignment around priority elements within our Theory of Change to ensure that the individual efforts of our organizations add up to the greatest possible impact. We set ambitious targets and hold ourselves accountable with shared measurement approaches to track our progress and improve our work.
● Developing and fostering initiatives and products to accelerate progress. Designed to increase efficiency, remove barriers, and accelerate impact across the sector, these initiatives and products can be implemented by diverse partners.
● Serving as a global hub of support. We serve as a center for information-sharing, networking, and relationship-building so that all players working to improve seafood supply chains can connect, strengthen our capacity, and effectively leverage our individual and shared tools, approaches, and experience.

After an extensive process led by the Alliance Board, the Conservation Alliance now has a new strategic plan that lays out an ambitious plan, and corresponding strategies, that will enable the Alliance to catalyze collaboration and measurable progress in global fisheries, aquaculture, and production of seafood.

The Position

The Executive Director will lead the Alliance community in the execution of this new strategy. We seek an entrepreneurial, outcomes-driven, and well-connected Executive Director with a track record of collaborative experience in the environmental and/or social responsibility sectors. S/he will have a strong relationship with the Alliance Board, consulting them as trusted advisors on strategy implementation and refinement, and collaborating with them to cultivate and manage relationships, communicate with funders, monitor and evaluate impact, and approve budgets. The successful candidate will be able to navigate tough conversations, build enthusiasm and momentum, set priorities, make strategic decisions, and champion the Alliance both internally and externally.

Key roles include:
● Implementer: Turning the strategic plan into reality by working closely with the Alliance Board, staff and participating organizations to identify partners, develop work plans and draft budgets and cultivate funding prospects that will allow the Alliance to achieve the outcomes defined in the strategic plan
● Community Builder: Strengthening member engagement through effective recruitment, aligning member strengths with Alliance priorities, and fostering ties between organizations to ensure that all are engaged in Alliance activities and contributing to collective impact
● Visionary: Ensuring that the Alliance stays on the leading edge of the field and fosters opportunities for the Alliance and its members to lead innovative and collaborative efforts
● Ambassador: Acting as a spokesperson for the Alliance at key events, cultivating a strong media presence, and regularly communicating Alliance goals and objectives to diverse audiences
● Producer: Serving as the chief fundraiser for the Alliance, through the development and implementation of a bold plan that includes both managing existing relationships and cultivating new ones
● Financial Director: Overseeing the budget, finances and administration of the Alliance. Working in partnership with the fiscal sponsor’s finance and grants management team to manage the overall budget, finances and administration of the Alliance, including proposal development, management and reporting, contracting, and cash flow management.
● Mentor: Fostering and supporting a high-performing remote Alliance team (currently 3 FTE), including coaching, mentoring and overseeing their individual and team-based work streams while also providing ongoing opportunities for individual and team skill-building and professional development

The Ideal Candidate:

● Is a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability and social responsibility
● Has at least 8 years of experience in a leadership role with a record of success in partnership development
● Has a strong track record of fostering collaborations and supporting the incubation of ideas and strategies across organizations/companies.
● Has demonstrated success securing and managing revenue from foundations and other major donors.
● Will be comfortable both in leading and working alongside others, when necessary.
● Has an entrepreneurial spirit and will be “at home” in a lean start-up environment, yet comfortable navigating within larger institutional structures and hierarchy.
● Has the demonstrated ability to work effectively with, and quickly gain the respect and support of, the full complement of stakeholders in the sustainable seafood movement
● Is a strategic thinker with excellent planning, analytical, and management skills
● Has strong interpersonal and communication skills, and as a spokesperson is comfortable with diplomacy and member-supported advocacy.
● Will be able to travel domestically and internationally

Governance

The Alliance is fiscally-sponsored by Multiplier, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that incubates and accelerates program capacity for local, regional, national and global initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world. The Alliance Executive Director will be an employee of Multiplier and work closely with the Alliance Board (AB).

The AB is elected by the community of Alliance organizations and works on behalf of the broader Alliance and global sustainable seafood movement. The AB functions in an advisory and oversight capacity, supporting, advising, and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director and his/her staff. The AB serves as a thought and resource partner to the Executive Director by providing direction, guidance, and strategy oversight. The AB structure, selection process, terms of reference, and operations are captured in the Advisory Board Terms of Reference and will be made available to those candidates selected for interviews in the hiring process.

Compensation, including a full benefits package is competitive and based on experience.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and résumé that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability to the Conservation Alliance Hiring Team at AllianceEDSearch@multiplier.org and please put “Alliance ED Application” in the subject line.

While applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, the first screening will occur on Friday, January 3rd, 2020. The deadline for consideration for this position is Monday, January 13th, 2020. We understand that the sustainable seafood community is small and closely-connected and all expressions of interest will be considered confidential.

Multiplier and the Conservation Alliance celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and the Conservation Alliance are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and the Conservation Alliance prohibit discrimination in their governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

Opportunity type

Full-time

Experience

Executive

Job function

  • Corp. Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Other
  • Strategy

Areas of impact

  • Environment
  • Social Entrepreneurship