Salmon Recovery Manager

Puget Sound Partnership

Tacoma, WA, US

The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region’s collective effort to restore, protect, and sustain Puget Sound. We align the work of our partners around a shared vision and science-driven, prioritized strategies. We ensure smart investments that help to allocate resources efficiently and effectively. By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we serve as a catalyst for success in restoring health to Puget Sound. Our main office is in a LEED Platinum-certified building on the waterfront in Tacoma, WA within a 10 minute walk of downtown (restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer’s market, etc.).
In this position, you will provide internal expertise, consultancy and leadership on salmon recovery to the organization’s integrated planning division. You will facilitate and coordinate the continued development and implementation of regional salmon recovery plans and develop a vision for how they relate to and integrate with and into the agency’s full scope of responsibilities, products and programs–including the Action Agenda, the science plans and reports, adaptive management.
You will also be responsible for fostering relationships and coordinating implementation with salmon recovery regions across the state as well as with associated federal and state agencies. You will work with partners to adaptively manage and advance implementation of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan (Volumes 1 and 2) and manage the development of an agency backbone role for the development and implementation of the steelhead recovery plan by NOAA and other partners. 
In addition, you will work closely with staff to support internal integration and communication among the local and regional recovery products, plans and programs of the organization through communication and strategic planning. This position will develop and lead the implementation of a strategy to integrate the recovery and protection needs, opportunities, knowledge, resources and learning of Puget Sound salmon.
Leadership is expected of everyone in the organization, and is defined as follows: 
We are committed to achieving our mission of accelerating and advancing the recovery of Puget Sound.  To ensure our success, we are equally committed to running our agency in a high-performance manner that focuses on high quality products and processes and a collaborative approach.   We achieve high performance by:

  • Valuing one another, our diversity, and our contribution to the agency and the mission;
  • Embracing shared leadership, and empowering all staff, as critical thinkers, to make timely evidence-based decisions in a collaborative manner;
  • Promoting learning – and implementing what we learn – by using the adaptive management cycle for both programs and internal operations; and
  • Optimizing our human and financial resources. 
More information on the Partnership is available at our website:    

We are a small, passionate, mission-driven, team-oriented, and fast-paced organization with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff.  If this sounds like the place where you can make a difference, we encourage you to join our team!

Salmon Recovery:

  • Oversee continued development, implementation, monitoring and adaptive management of salmon recovery plans
  • Manage the contract with the Recreation and Conservation office
  • Coordinate and ensure information sharing across the agency, especially as between local and regional planning efforts
  • Coordinate closely with the Boards Program to convene, facilitate, and support the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and integration of salmon recovery efforts with the work of the agency’s Boards program
  • Coordinate and oversee communication among these efforts and partners by working closely with the organization’s Communication’s Lead
  • Support integration of salmon recovery priorities into the Action Agenda through adaptive management of the Chinook, Habitat and other relevant Implementation Strategies and engagement with the Action Agenda team and process as needed
  • Participate in statewide funding allocation discussions and negotiations
  • Support Legislative Director and Executive Director in state and federal legislative processes
  • Coordinate annual Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) project review process, including 4-year Work Plan reviews and strategy consistency reviews
  • Coordinate closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the 5 Year Status Review and other NOAA requests
  • Engage with the salmon workgroup of the Partnership’s monitoring program
  • Represent the organization as appropriate at salmon recovery workgroups and bodies such as the Council of Regions, Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Salmon Recovery Network, Washington Salmon Coalition, and Watershed Leads meeting
  • Work with agency staff to integrate salmon and ecosystem recovery and advance related agency Strategic Plan goals.
Quality Improvement:
  • Promote, implement and foster an environment that proactively supports change and innovation within the area of responsibility
  • Facilitate team efforts in continuous quality improvement activities consistent with the Governor’s quality initiative
Management of Work:
  • Ownership (accountability and responsibility) for the lines of business. This will include the ability to prioritize work consistent with agency budgets, work plans, priorities, standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies and best practices, etc., and the ability to make important/critical decisions for which the position is responsible for. This includes:
  • Responsibility for high quality and cost effective operations on a daily and long term basis
  • Collaboration with peers as necessary based on the work being conducted
  • Recognizing organizational risk and opportunity and dealing with them appropriately
  • Identifies conflicts and proactively initiates corrective action
  • Demonstrate the ability to balance demands and keep multiple initiatives and work tasks going at the same time, including:
  • Makes and communicates timely, clear, firm and fact-based decisions with short and long-term objectives in mind
  • Reviews and analyzes division workload and the connection to the workloads of partners (internal and/or external) as a preliminary step before making decisions
  • Understands their scope of authority and escalates appropriately
  • Uses data and stakeholder feedback to drive decisions, including appropriate use of performance measures to manage the business in the near and long-term
  • Effectively partners with other partners (internal and/or external) to accomplish outcomes in a way which promotes teamwork and decision making at the lowest possible level
Supervision of Staff, where applicable:
  • Supervises the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund manager
  • Engages staff in a way that supports high performance and quality improvement
  • Partner with the supervisors and managers of staff to assist them in:
    • Exercising independent judgment within legal and agency HR policy frameworks related to: interviewing, hiring, training, mentoring, recognizing, and developing personnel
    • Development of training plans for each position in the division (dependent on budget) as it relates to salmon recovery
  • Partners with staff on professional development goals and objectives as it relates to salmon recovery
  • Demonstrates abilities in the area of holding staff accountable, including giving them clear direction, defined objectives, and managing performance based on agency policy and HR best practices
Sound Fiscal Management:
  • Responsible for expense and revenue budgets related to regional organization contract with GSRO. This includes understanding and monitoring line item authority
  • Responsible for contract and grant management related to salmon recovery efforts.
  • Understands and models the use of agency fiscal policy and related state and federal policies

Master’s degree in natural resource management or related field 
Five (5) years of professional experience
A Bachelor’s degree
Eight (8) years of professional experience
The most successful candidate will also need:

  • Experience working in ecosystem based management
  • Experience working in federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles
  • Experience working with ecology and population biology of salmonids
  • Experience working with Endangered Species Act recovery planning
  • Experience with adaptive management and natural resource planning
  • Knowledge of institutions governing and implementing key habitat, harvest, and hatchery management programs
  • Experience working with tribal communities
  • Experience in managing contracts, monitoring and tracking progress
  • Familiarity with Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan and the salmon recovery system in Puget Sound
  • Familiarity with the Puget Sound Action Agenda
  • Strong relationships with Puget Sound salmon recovery partners and lead
  • Experience working with the Governor’s Salmon Recovery

Technical Competencies:
  • Project management frameworks and tools
  • Multiparty facilitation
  • Contract management

Personal Competencies:
  • Action oriented – Takes on new opportunities with a sense of urgency and drive things forward
  • Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives-able to bring people together to leverage skills, talents, and resources to get greater results than the sum of the parts
  • Plans and Aligns – Lines up plans and projects to sync up with strategic organizational priorities. Help people get organized, remain focused, and keep the organization moving in the right direction
  • Manages conflict – Handles situation of conflict effectively and productively, looking for opportunities, alternatives and potential for breakthroughs
  • Drives vision and purpose – Paints a compelling picture of a vision and strategy that motivate others to actions
  • Balances stakeholders – Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders, knows who to engage and when, and how to divide time and resources among the needs of different stakeholders
  • Strategic Mindset – Making decisions and taking actions now that will lead to the future success of the organization; recognizing opportunities and avoiding risks that lead to long term success
  • Communicates Effectively – Able to clearly, effectively and concisely deliver the right message to the right people at the right time and to listen effectively

  • Experience in Open Standards or natural resource monitoring
  • Experience with Miradi and Habitat Work Schedule