Position: Full time executive director for the Seafood Harvesters of America and affiliated foundation
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications
Location: Washington, D.C. preferred
Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

The Seafood Harvesters of America is seeking an executive director to oversee the non-profit 501(c)(4) organization and its affiliated foundation. The Harvesters are a leading voice for our nation’s commercial fishing industry.

Position Description

Working closely with the Harvesters’ board of directors and the affiliated (c)(3) board, the executive director works both directly and with consultants to carry out the following:

Government Relations

● Follow legislation; engage and educate decision-makers on Capitol Hill on legislative priorities
● Prepare and coordinate with members to deliver comments to Congress on regulations and legislation
● Ensure the Harvesters are well represented before Congress and agencies; coordinate member fly-ins to Washington, D.C. 

Board Relations

● Ensure that boards are fully informed on activities and operations
● Develop agendas and materials for board meetings and conference calls
● Provide support to boards and committees; ensure that materials are prepared and provided in a timely manner
● Participate with the boards in strategic and operational planning
● Identify trends, issues, or activities that further the mission of the Harvesters

Organizational Leadership and Administration

● Oversee daily operations of (c)(4) and (c)(3)
● Carry out board directives in a timely manner
● Develop annual budget
● Ensure that Harvesters’ activities support goals and objectives
● Oversee vendor contracts


● Oversee the Harvesters’ fundraising including grants, membership, charitable donations and sponsorships
● Strategically engage with supporters to strengthen relationships

Member Relations and Communications

● Promote the Harvesters’ mission, vision and values
● Serve as point-person for current members and member recruits
● Maintain consistent member communications including regular email updates
● Ensure effective public relations and media campaigns to include press release development; quarterly newsletter; regular email updates to members; social media engagement; media inquiries; and website


● Strong knowledge of legislative process and comfortable interacting with legislators and their staffs
● Demonstrated ability to build and cultivate strong relationships with funders and donors
● Strong communications and interpersonal skills
● Able to identify trends and how they affect the organization
● Respectful and ethical working style
● Entrepreneurial, innovative and thoughtful approach


● Strong knowledge of legislative process
● Understanding of how to work with a board
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Experience in fundraising and grant administration preferred
● Experience with successfully responding to fisheries policy questions preferred
● Proven track record of effectively working with fisheries, marine resources, environmental, academic, or government positions preferred
● Previous nonprofit management experience preferred
● Bachelor’s degree or higher required
● Ability to travel as required

To Apply: 

 Interested parties, please send resume by February 2, 2018 to info@seafoodharvesters.org (Attn: Sydney Cook).

Position announcement in PDF: https://www.seafoodharvesters.org/wp-content/uploads/Harvesters-Recruitm...

Position announcement online: https://www.seafoodharvesters.org/recruiting-for-executive-director/