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10 Apr 2023

Full-Time Executive Director

New England Fishery Management Council – Posted by Kittleman Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is one of eight regional councils established by federal legislation in 1976.

The management authority of the Council extends to the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England, and overlaps with the Mid-Atlantic Council for some species in that region. The Council has developed management plans for nine species or species groups occurring in the exclusive economic zone off Maine through Connecticut. Major ports include Portland, ME, Gloucester and New Bedford, MA, and Point Judith, RI.

The New England Fishery Management Council seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director. This is a highly visible, demanding position which requires a strong leader with a broad understanding of natural resource management, coupled with outstanding administrative and organizational skills. The Council is seeking a diverse pool of applicants for this position.

The Council is supported in its work by a staff of 20 fishery management professionals including the Executive Director, Deputy Director, a Public Affairs Officer, four Administrative and Financial professionals, and 13 fishery management analysts/specialists overseeing ten fishery management plans.

The following qualifications are preferred, but the Council may consider candidates with alternative skill sets.

  • A master’s degree or higher is preferred, majoring in a field related to natural resource management, biological, or social-economic science, public policy development, or business management.
  • Eight years of experience at, or near, the level of duties and responsibility described in the position description. It is preferred that this experience be in a program or organization associated with fisheries management, natural resource management, or a related discipline.
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the federal fisheries management regulatory process, to include a comprehensive understanding of the MSA and National Environmental Policy Act, and familiarity with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge and experience with most of the following: finances, policy development, equity promotion, and collaboration across levels of government.
  • Experience managing teams to accomplish projects.

The New England Council is looking for a leader personally driven to successfully achieve the Council’s mission while meeting the inherent challenges of this position with professionalism and motivating staff expertise and excellence.

The salary range for this position is between $154,000 and $183,500 annually and will be commensurate with experience.

The Council offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to an employer-paid SEP IRA Retirement Plan, generous annual leave, sick leave, and health insurance benefits, as well as an employee-paid 403(b) deferred compensation plan.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction, by May 4, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

For more information about the Council, please visit

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction, by May 4, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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