Executive Director

, CA, US

Closing date: February 29, 2020

Desired start date: March 15-April 1, 2020

PCFFA and IFR seek an Executive Director to carry out their collective fisheries and environmental policy missions and to maintain the viability, fiscal sustainability, and excellence of the organizations on behalf of their member associations and core constituencies.


The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations is a 501(c)(5) nonprofit comprising the largest commercial fishing industry trade organization on the West Coast. For over four decades PCFFA has led the commercial fishing industry in assuring the rights of individual fishermen and fighting for the long-term survival of commercial fishing as a productive livelihood and way of life. The Institute for Fisheries Resources, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, carries out the fishery research and conservation needs of working fishing men and women, supporting the sustainability of the resources on which they depend. IFR is a leading regional and national voice for conservation of fish habitat, policy development in support of fishing communities, and the advancement of sustainable fisheries policy at the state and federal levels.

The PCFFA and IFR Executive Director is responsible for management of operations, development, budgeting, policy and legal strategy, government relations, human resources, communications, and member engagement. The position requires collaboration with leaders and staff members at all levels of government, national fishing industry coalitions, leaders and business owners in the seafood industry, leaders and members of fishing communities, and the general public to support the commercial fisheries of the West Coast. The Director is the principal spokesperson for PCFFA and IFR on all issues within their purview, manages staff and volunteers, oversees organizational finances, and develops and implements programs to further the organizations’ goals.


Development: in consultation with Financial Officer, manages grantmaking and program implementation; develops individual donor base, leads marketing efforts to improve organizations’ public visibility; membership development and administration; organizes fundraisers and events; collects membership dues.

Policy and legal strategy: develops, oversees, and implements programs and work plans to advance PCFFA/IFR priorities; drafts and presents oral and written testimony to advance PCFFA/IFR positions; works with state and federal legislators and agencies to develop and influence policy; coordinates with allied fisheries and environmental organizations to achieve mutual goals; oversees litigation program in consultation with outside counsel; manages PCFFA lobbying consultant.

Communications: writes and publishes newsletters, press releases, and op-eds on relevant and timely issues; maintains communication with the Board of Directors apprising of recent activities; visits member ports to present information and issues to commercial fishermen; maintains organizational websites and social media accounts; develops analyses of complex natural resource management regimes for members and policy makers; manages communications consultant.

Leadership and Staff Development: hires and manages staff and consultants; provides guidance and educational opportunity to interns; maintains clear personnel policies; assures compliance with legal requirements; fosters a positive work environment that encourages staff to excel; cultivates Board and rank-and-file members for participation in public policy venues.

Operations and Finance: ensures efficient administration of all programs and finances; oversees the preparation, implementation and monitoring of annual fundraising, marketing and financial plans, including preparation and tracking of annual budget; monitors finances and provides regular reporting to the Board and Board Committees; ensures the organization complies with all applicable laws and regulations; maintains legal separation of IFR and PCFFA organizations and funds.

Qualifications & desired attributes

  • Ability to speak truth to power and commitment to never make a bad deal for fish
  • Experience with the mechanics and processes of commercial fishing and fisheries management, particularly the U.S. West Coast
  • Deep experience in and understanding of natural resource management, environmental law, marine science, or similar fields. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarity with federal environmental statutory frameworks including the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and their California counterparts
  • Understanding of western water issues and policy
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the fishing community and with policy makers
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience, including with grantmaking and membership dues
  • Commitment to the goals of sustaining commercial fishing as a viable livelihood, and addressing the threats to the commercial fishing way of life
  • Graduate degree in natural resource management or law, fisheries biology, hydrology, or similar field
  • Ability to work independently, excellent organizational skills, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • High energy level, confidence, collegiality, demonstrated leadership skills, independence & self-motivation, and a results-oriented approach
  • Willingness to travel frequently
  • Willingness to work in San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento Corridor


A competitive salary and benefits package is offered. PCFFA provides a company vehicle to the Executive Director. Our beautiful office is located on the waterfront in San Francisco’s Presidio, and the freshest, most sustainable seafood on the planet is part of the compensation package.


To apply for this position, follow THIS LINK to submit a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and professional references.

Our employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.