Senior Director, Fish Forever Program

Job Locations US-Arlington
Job ID
Fish Forever
Employment Type
Employee (Full-Time)

Position Overview

Rare is a $25 million fast-growing, international conservation organization. We believe conservation comes down to people—their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. Rare’s culture is results-oriented and entrepreneurial.


We are working toward ambitious goals and creating measurable social change. With initiatives such as Fish Forever, Watersheds Protection, Sustainable Agriculture, Blended Finance, Meloy Fund, and Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare is on a mission to “inspire change so people and nature thrive”.


Fish Forever is an ambitious marine program which seeks to prove and then promulgate the combination of rights-based fisheries management and human behavior change principles to shift nearshore fisheries toward sustainability while preserving marine habitats and biodiversity. The program is currently operating in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Philippines with plans for further expansion in the next two to three years. 


Rare is four years into developing and piloting Fish Forever and now needs to develop the global systems and processes to manage the program efficiently and effectively.


Core Responsibilities

The Senior Director, Fish Forever Program will play a critical role in achieving these goals by working closely with the Fish Forever team and ensuring staff are well equipped to implement the strategy. S/he is heavily involved in financial planning, resource allocation, talent management, and project supervision. The Senior Director, Fish Forever Program leads the strategy and operations component of the global program management team that ensures all programmatic and financial commitments are met for Rare’s Fish Forever program. 


Rare is seeking a nature-loving and experienced business leader who will provide strong management and operational oversight for the global Fish Forever program. S/he must be an inspirational leader who can facilitate global team building and staff development. S/he must also be able to work across functions and countries; sometimes through influence rather than authority to drive change.


The Senior Director will demonstrate an entrepreneurial penchant for taking on new projects and motivating staff with a positive, proactive attitude towards all tasks for new program start up. The position requires strategic thinking, an execution mindset, and well-honed teambuilding and communications skills. The successful candidate is adept at problem solving and collaborating with different teams in a fast-paced environment. Other qualifications include:


Reporting to Rare’s Senior Vice President, Fish Forever, the Senior Director will partner with both central and in-country program, finance, and human resource teams to ensure smooth program implementation. In close collaboration with the country leaders, s/he will build the systems and processes to manage this global program. The Senior Director will manage a three-person strategy and operations team who support these efforts.


For at least the first year, the Senior Director will also manage the central technical team. The Senior Director doesn’t need to be a technical expert, but s/he should have experience managing technical subject matter experts to ensure delivery against the program needs.


The Senior Director will exercise independent judgment regarding the following areas of significance:


Program Management & Implementation:

  • Support the SVP, Fish Forever in development and execution of global program strategy to scale the program in accordance to Rare’s Strategy 2020.
  • Design and execute effective program implementation tracking and resource allocation processes.
  • Lead annual budgeting for Fish Forever.
  • Lead the Fish Forever Program Council which serves as the program leadership team and is composed of the SVP, Fish Forever and implementing country leads.
  • Develop internal communications system to ensure all staff are informed and armed to discuss Fish Forever progress and lessons.
  • Ensure program progress updates are compelling, accurate and delivered in a timely fashion to Executive Team and Board of Trustees Program Committee.
  • Ensure program stories and accomplishments regularly flow to fundraising and marketing teams to fundraising efforts.

Staff Management:

  • Oversee Rare Fish Forever team directly and indirectly for staff in other central departments.
  • Manage three-person Fish Forever Strategy & Operations team.
  • Participate in and/or lead enterprise level cross-functional initiatives.
  • Attract, develop and help retain talent capable of meeting Rare’s current and future needs.

Budgeting & Reporting:

  • Oversee annual budget Fish Forever budget development; regularly review the operating budget as well as monthly budget-to-actuals.
  • Maintain effective systems for tracking spending rates; address anomalies in revenue and expenses within the partnership.
  • Provide timely and consistent communication with the Fish Forever governing body on strategic issues, programmatic updates and timely reporting. 

Experience & Education

  • A minimum of 10 years of program management experience leading large-scale, multi-faceted initiatives, departments or organizations, preferably within a fast-paced, high-growth environment.
  • Demonstrated success in project management and advancing multiple projects simultaneously with exemplary organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Proven abilities in staff management, project administration, financial management and demonstrated success in relationship building with a wide range of audiences.
  • Sound business judgment and ability to manage changing priorities and competing deadlines to ensure accuracy and high-quality standards.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • A minimum of a BA with a Masters level degree desired or MBA.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog, and/or Bahasa Indonesia language skills a plus.

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V


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