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3 Sep 2017

Full-Time Traceability Project Manager

Future of Fish – Posted by Anywhere

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Job Description


Future of Fish is a non-profit systems change incubator that provides research, design, and business strategy services to entrepreneurs, NGOs, foundations, and innovators as they work to improve global seafood sustainability. Our vision is a global seafood industry that supplies traceable, trustworthy, legally caught fish.
With over 25 years of combined expertise in complex problem-solving and more than five years of research and discovery in the seafood industry, we know that no one business or individual can shift the system alone. So we’re focused on building the collective impact of entrepreneurs and businesses to drive the end of overfishing. We facilitate unique collaborations among seafood businesses, traceability vendors, chefs, non-profits, and other stakeholders.
Future of Fish is a virtual team with staff working remotely from locations throughout the world, however, this position ideally will be based in Seattle/Bellingham area (Washington) or Portland area (Oregon). However, we will consider applications from individuals outside of these geographic areas.


As a project manager, you will be responsible for working with the Future of Fish team to manage and execute our organization’s traceability program strategy. This includes working within a multi-NGO Seafood Traceability Collaboration that includes, FishWise (FW), Future of Fish (FoF), Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
This collaboration is a novel and innovative way of combining efforts of our four NGOs to work across the entire ecosystems of stakeholders necessary to build widespread adoption of traceability in the global seafood sector. Our work engages representatives from every supply chain node, vendors building the technology solutions, government agencies, and the nonprofit entities promoting traceability for the sake of conservation. Our work digs into both the system conditions that enable or derail traceability, as well as into the thinking and plans of those individual companies looking to adopt traceability solutions and make traceability commitments.
The Traceability Project Manager will report directly to the Executive Director but will be working closely with various FoF staff to manage and execute the completion of project deliverables and program strategies.


As a Future of Fish Traceability Project Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Traceability Lead in operationalizing and executing a traceability program strategy. This includes:
  • Representing Future of Fish within the Seafood Traceability Collaboration and working with collaborating NGOs and the Traceability Collaboration Coordinator to achieve our collaboration outcomes.
  • Lead and support on Future of Fish projects to ensure the Collaboration’s expectations are managed, projects are well coordinated, and projects are executed to meet desired outcomes.
  • Collaborating with the Future of Fish team to create, execute, track, and revise project roadmaps, staff work plans, and project timelines to meet changing project needs/requirements and deliver project results.
  • Developing external communications, marketing materials, reports, and summaries to articulate Future of Fish’s traceability strategy, services, expertise, and project achievements.
  • Supporting in developing and formalizing Future of Fish’s suite of traceability consulting services.
  • Providing and delivering these traceability services to both external clients and internally within Future of Fish’s fishery development projects.
To carry out these responsibilities, the Traceability Project Manager, will also:
  • Meet regularly and work with the Traceability Lead to plan weekly tasks for staff working on traceability projects and initiatives and actively manage project risks and uncertainty.
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects such as logistical planning, staff availability, and client expectations in coordination with the project team.
  • Utilize project management tools and establish check in processes to manage, track, communicate, and move project work forward
  • Streamline processes within your projects and team to be efficient, effective, and energized.
  • Effectively apply and enforce project management standards and procedures, including quality assurance/review procedures.
  • Report to the Executive Director and Director of Operations and collaborate on tracking progress towards deliverables/milestones, ensuring staff have clear roles/responsibilities, staffing and budget needs, managing project risks, troubleshooting project stuck points, and workload management.
  • Coordinate and/or participate in the planning and execution of special events such as workshops or in-person team meetings.
  • Support and participate in business development opportunities such as proposal writing and project and budget scoping.


  • Master’s Degree or higher
  • 3+ years working in fisheries, marine conservation, the seafood industry, or other related field. Experience working in the traceability or chain of custody field a plus
  • 4+ years of related project/program management
  • Experience in external communications work a plus
  • Strong Google Suite, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint user
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and writing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize information from a variety or sources into succinct, clear, and focused written summaries.
  • High level of professionalism, collaborative spirit, and maintains a positive attitude
  • Able to work and excel on a diversity of tasks. (e.g., report writing, developing work plans, coordinating logistics, partnership management, developing spreadsheets, delivering presentations, etc)
  • Experience working independently, is a self-starter that can take initiative with their work and ability to learn and expand knowledge on their own.
  • Highly organized and attention to detail.
  • Is a systems thinker – able to understand the seafood/fishery space as a network of dependencies and interconnections
  • Able to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment with many moving pieces and deadlines to manage
  • Strong record of working closely with clients and partners and understanding their needs.
  • Ability to recognize vagueness in projects and work to resolve it
  • Ability to take complexity and break it down in manageable tasks
  • Ability to design processes and systems to accomplish project work


How to Apply

This position will be a full-time, fixed-term independent contractor position. Please send a cover letter (with monthly rate requirements), a writing sample, and CV to Cheryl Chen, Future of Fish - Operations Director ( by Wednesday, September 15, 2017.
The anticipated start date of the contract would be October 16, 2017.

Job Categories: Sustainable Agriculture / Food. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: collective impact, fish, fisheries, fishery, overfishing, Project Coordinator, seafood, sustainability, and traceability.

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