Manager, Strategy & Development (Coastal 500)

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Position Overview

About Rare

Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. For over 45 years, across 60 countries, we have inspired and empowered millions of people and their communities to shift their behaviors and practices to protect our shared planet. We are a global leader in driving social change for people and nature. We facilitate solutions that help individuals, their communities, and their local leaders tackle global environmental challenges, manage their resources, and take charge of their futures.

Rare’s organizational culture is results-oriented, entrepreneurial, and defined by our five core values: Courage to Take Risks, Commitment to Accountability, Mindset of Solutionology, Investments in People, and Spirit of Celebration.


About Coastal 500

Rare is growing and expanding its impact through a range of exciting programs, including Fish Forever – a global initiative to restore near-shore fisheries in the tropics. Coastal 500 is the first-ever global network of local government leaders committed to advancing sustainable coastal fisheries and communities.  It was established in June 2021, and now has over 140 members from local governments that are implementing Fish Forever across 8 countries. Its goal is to inspire local action, foster learning and collaboration, and serve as a platform for highlighting the importance of coastal fisheries and elevating the voices of local communities in global forums. Coastal 500 will play a key role in Fish  Forever’s scale strategy, by growing demand for effective local governance of coastal fisheries. In 2023, it plans to open up membership to other local government leaders who are not yet working with Fish Forever and expose them to tools, best practices, and champions from the global network.


Position Overview

The Manager, Strategy & Development will report to Fish Forever’s Sr. Director for Strategy & Development and will work closely with country policy leads and the Global Development team. The Manager will be responsible for managing the growth and maintenance of the Coastal 500 network and supporting fundraising and scoping projects to be identified by the Fish  Forever team.




Coastal 500 Network Management


Support and inspire local actions through learning resources, training and monitoring

  • Working closely with the Fish Forever global services and consultants, develop training/learning resources for local leaders that can support their operationalization of the Coastal 500 pledge and Action Guidebook.
  • In coordination with country teams, organize and ensure access to resources via traditional and digital platforms such as workshops, webinars, web portals, email and messaging
  • In coordination with country teams, develop and maintain a simple tracking and monitoring system in order to report progress and capture best practice local actions

Facilitate communication, collaboration and exchange within the network and with others


  • Produce regular newsletters and other communication materials highlighting best practices, challenges and lessons from members
  • Identify and maintain appropriate channels for feedback and sharing
  • Identify and establish collaborative partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and networks
  • Facilitate dialogue across the network and with other stakeholders regarding policies and issues that are relevant to coastal fisheries and communities

Support Fundraising and Global Engagement specific to Coastal 500

  • Collaborate with Fish Forever and Rare development teams to develop fundraising concepts for Coastal 500 and participate in donor engagement efforts as needed
  • Work with the Global Development team to ensure relevant engagement of the network in international forums, both to influence the global agenda and to leverage support for the sector

Participation in the Policy & Partnerships Pillar Team

  • Represent perspective of the network and help country teams appreciate and leverage the network in pursuit of country-level Fish Forever implementation

Fundraising, Communications and Special Projects Support


As part of the global Fish Forever team, this position will also be asked to support specific projects as needed, which may include, but not limited to:


  • Coordinate Fish Forever program’s collaboration with Rare’s communications team, supporting the Managing Director in providing inputs and feedback on strategy and materials
  • Support programmatic teams with development of results frameworks, selecting language for proposals, and facilitating internal Fish Forever alignment across country and shared service teams


  • Five or more years of experience working in project management, communications and/or network/partnership management. Experience with local governments a plus
  • Excellent listening and communication skills, and the ability to engage with diverse and dynamic teams
  • Strong strategic thinking and organizational skills, creativity and the ability to energize and motivate others
  • A mindset that recognizes the power of leveraging others’ expertise and experience to amplify impact

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


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