Development Director

The Development Director is an experienced fundraising professional responsible for a range of fundraising and development activities for FishWise. The position includes writing and managing FishWise’s current and prospective grants as well as facilitating the design and execution of fundraising plans to ensure FishWise nurtures its philanthropic relationships and achieves its revenue goals. These plans will build on the organization’s long time and highly successful work in sustainability, traceability, and Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing, as well as chart new opportunities for FishWise’s growing social responsibility work. The Director also provides critical support to the Executive Director and other senior colleagues in their funding roles. Successful candidates will be proven development professionals with experience in building relationships for major gifts, securing foundation grants, and effectively communicating externally and internally. Ideally, the candidate is familiar with the ocean conservation funding landscape.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Develop a fundraising strategy and annual goal setting for fundraising
  • Lead projects related to funder outreach, grant proposals, grant reporting, and other philanthropic initiatives
  • Develop, cultivate, and retain existing and new relationships, including relationships with foundations, corporate philanthropy leaders, and individual philanthropists
  • Oversee implementation of annual development work plans with program and finance management staff
  • Research new funding sources and trends
  • Present regular reports regarding FishWise’s funding to the leadership team and board
  • Collaborate with program staff and office management to prepare budget reports and allocate grant funds


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Four or more years of experience working in a fundraising role or related position
  • Demonstrated success in meeting fundraising goals for organizations with budgets of $1 million or more annually
  • Ideally familiar with ocean conservation and human rights funders
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience working in a collaborative office and professional environment
  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated interest to support ocean conservation missions

 Hours and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time position based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Occasional evening, weekend, and overnight travel

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FishWise Internship

The Intern’s primary responsibility is two-fold: 1) to provide support to existing member retailer partners and 2) provide general office support. The intern will work with existing Project Managers who are the main customer service contact for retail partners with questions or needs after the launch of the FW program. The intern will help them support these partnerships through materials development and shipment, newsletters and website updates. The Intern will conduct work to support major buyer partnerships with database work and species research. The Intern will also conduct general office work such as assisting with technology, cleaning, and purchasing supplies. The Project Managers will provide direction and oversight to the Intern.


  • Provide support to the Project Managers to support independent partnerships including: creating promotional sheets in Adobe Illustrator, writing and editing monthly newsletter pieces, materials shipments, etc.
  • Correct store audits as needed to help improve seafood label accuracy for retailers.
  • Research the sustainability of various seafood products in order to recommend sourcing action for partners.
  • Assist with research of and networking for product sourcing.
  • Update and enter ratings and certifications in databases for seafood products.
  • Summarize scientific reports/seafood news for internal and external communication.
  • Conduct analyses of seafood inventory for partners using Filemaker and Excel.
  • Write weekly blog for FishWise website.
  • Update and develop new promotional materials. Print and collate as needed. Organize digital files and photos.
  • Perform various clerical duties including typing, answering phones, ordering software, and general office upkeep.
  • Opportunity to develop unique independent project based off personal interests in seafood sustainability.


  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Basic understanding and desire to learn more about seafood sustainability criteria and relevant stakeholders e.g. supply chain businesses, NGOs, and government agencies
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills including Microsoft Office & Adobe Suite
  • Strong communication skills and reliability
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience working in a collaborative office or professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and independently, such as Filemaker database management, Joomla website maintenance, EndNote, etc
  • Self-motivation, flexibility, and a positive “can-do” attitude


  • This is a part-time position based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Evening and weekend work may be required
  • Personal transportation is required

Click here to apply.


We like people with all kinds of experience. If you don’t see the opportunity you were looking for, submit a general application.