New England Aquarium
  • Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life NEAq
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full Time Regular

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions program of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACC) at the New England Aquarium (NEAq) represents a new and exciting rebranding of our former Sustainable Seafood Program. This is a core program of the ACC, which comprises all research and conservation work at NEAq. As part of a broader strategy for the ACC, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions Program is a core program that aims to improve ocean health by partnering with companies that buy and sell seafood to improve the sustainability of their portfolio of seafood, and reduce impact on the ocean

We seek a seasoned, energetic and creative individual to join us as the Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions and lead and expand the program's market-based work with corporate partners, establish a clear set of measurable short- and long-term objective programs to support the mission, further develops connections with the ACC's applied research, policy reform efforts, relationships with philanthropic foundations, and new lines of engagement. This role will work closely with other program leads, and report directly to the Vice President and Chief Scientist of the ACC.


Scope of Work:

Monitor all aspects of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions program and its connections to other programs in the ACC and NEAq. This includes:   

  • Leading the strategic evolution and growth of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions Program to achieve broader ACC strategies and goals.
  • Identifying new opportunities, including new corporate partnerships, to best meet short and long-term program and broader ACC strategies and goals.
  • Managing and expanding the staff of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions program, set direction for both day-to-day operations and long-term goals.



  1. Lead the strategic development and direction of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions program, including the refinement of short and long-term goals, programmatic and staffing structure, potential new approaches and lines of work and new partnerships and funding opportunities.
  2. Develop goals and strategies for corporate partners to address key seafood sustainability issue areas, in coordination with other ACC and NEAq priorities.
  3. Serve as principal liaison and oversee relationships with individuals and organizations dedicated to fisheries conservation and seafood sustainability and identify areas of potential collaboration and coordination; represent the ACC on select external committees, working groups and boards associated with the fisheries, sustainable seafood and/or aquaculture spaces
  4. Structure corporate partnerships so that they are impactful, effective, and mutually beneficial partnerships that forward both the corporate partner's sustainability goals and NEAq's mission.
  5. Lead an increase in operational capacity and strategic programmatic growth for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions Program, in line ACC growth models and contingent upon meeting funding milestones.
  6. Provide insight and assist in the development of practical deliverables and tools for corporate partners and those working in the seafood industry.
  7. Liaise with colleagues from other programs within the ACC and NEAq to integrate and align efforts of different programs that have overlap in intended outcomes.
  8. Attend and represent ACC interests at seafood conventions and national meetings and special events.
  9. Oversee all of the ACC communications efforts regarding sustainable seafood, including social media efforts and the website.



In partnership with the NEAq Development team:

  • Direct business development efforts to identify potential corporate partners and cultivate them into established, prosperous partnerships.
  • Maintain relationships with foundations and assist with philanthropic fundraising efforts.
  • Fundraise from governmental and foundation sources, including writing proposals and travelling for meetings with funders.
  • Facilitate open lines of communication with the seafood business community, commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, scientists, and fishery managers.



  • Manage the financial well-being of the program including budget development and tracking in coordination with the Finance and Development Departments of NEAq, the administration of the ACC, and the staff of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions program.


Staff Management

  • Solicit and supervise full-time and contract staff as needed to fulfill programmatic needs (i.e., develop and maintain an appropriate balance of talent to achieve program goals).



Minimum Training and Experience

  • Advanced degree in a related field such as fisheries science, marine science, conservation/environmental management, or business administration.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in either fisheries, fisheries conservation, or the /seafood industry, including demonstrated program management and leadership skills, strategic planning and implementation experience, with the ability to harness team skills and define clear measurable goals and deadlines. 

 Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive experience and a network of contacts within the seafood industry; preferably gained from various roles including buying/selling seafood for large retailers, food service, suppliers/distributors, or from the production side.
  • Knowledge of seafood conservation issues.
  • Understanding of fisheries and aquaculture science and ability to communicate this information to a diverse audience.
  • Understanding of how companies in the seafood industry function and are structured and an ability to negotiate contracts with these companies.
  • Strong level of emotional intelligence, ability to collaborate with other programs and personnel with different goals and points of view.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills, including the ability to lead / facilitate team meetings. Ability to effectively manage staff conducting a diverse array of onsite and offsite projects.


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New England Aquarium is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

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