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Talent Director


For 20 years, FishWise [1] has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers, but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies, NGOs, and governments to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood. By addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, improving traceability, and by catalyzing industry action toward social responsibility and decent work for all workers, FishWise aims to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains.

FishWise achieves measurable impact through:

  • Direct Supply Chain Engagement: FishWise works in partnership with individual companies across the seafood supply chain to advance each organization’s specific efforts to address environmental, social, illegal fishing, and traceability risks in their business and across their supply base.
  • Collective Industry Engagement: FishWise works with coalitions of industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders to drive and scale change across groups of supply chain actors. This includes directly convening groups or supporting and collaborating with preexisting groups.
  • Governance Reform: FishWise works in strategic partnerships to inform governments and regulatory bodies responsible for setting the rules all supply chain actors must follow to ensure compliance and accountability for all.


We are…

  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge of the dynamic field of sustainable seafood, creating actionable solutions for and with our business and NGO partners.
  • Advocates: We use our voice to create and advance the work of others, raising awareness of urgent topics through dialogue with organizations of diverse voices and critical opinions.
  • Passionate: We care about the wellbeing of workers and the health of the world’s oceans, and our passion inspires action and global change.
  • Solution-oriented: We value the importance of working with different stakeholders to set ambitious yet achievable goals.

We advance our mission through working…

  • Collaboratively: We partner with a wide range of companies and organizations to create and achieve shared goals together. Collective action is an essential component of lasting change.
  • Innovatively: We are bold and curious, using new skills and solutions to solve intractable problems in order to translate an ideal vision of the world into a reality.
  • Inclusively: We celebrate diversity and foster a supportive environment for all employees.
  • Transparently: We are committed to being open and honest about decision making.

The Opportunity: Talent Director

FishWise is poised for growth and greater impact. As we expand, we are committed to supporting our hard working staff through a comprehensive approach to talent management. In this newly created role, the Talent Director will create a culture of inclusion and high performance through the development and implementation of transparent processes for recruiting, onboarding, promotion, retention, and succession planning. The position will manage and coordinate organization-wide efforts to ensure that new performance management and training programs are developed and managed equitably, using a data-driven focus that sets priorities for improvements aligned with organizational objectives. This position will work to ensure all FishWise staff feel included and empowered to do their best work. Subject to change in the future, the position reports to the CEO.

What you'll do:


  • Program development: Design, initiate, and maintain transparent and effective programs for staff retention, promotion, professional growth, compensation and succession planning. Formalize hiring and onboarding practices and increase transparency and communication around these activities at all levels of the organization. 
  • Working group: Co-design a working group focused on compensation and promotion, tied to a reimagined performance management system.
  • Performance management: Design, initiate, and manage the system, including current job descriptions, standards of performance, and performance evaluation instruments and methods.
  • Training: Lead the discovery and development of training programs that support staff professional growth and skill development, in line with organizational needs and objectives.
  • Retention and succession: Collect, analyze, and maintain data to inform retention strategies and targeted leadership development (e.g., succession planning).


  • Learning: Champion learning opportunities that build staff knowledge and skills for embedding equity and inclusion throughout our practices and organizational culture, in partnership with the Equity Committee.
  • Feedback: Cultivate a culture of inclusion by facilitating a transparent process for receiving, responding, and following through on staff feedback. Skill build with staff such that all can give and receive feedback constructively.
  • Facilitation: Support and train managers in inclusive facilitation skills and embed inclusion techniques into FishWise’s policies and culture.
  • Wellness: Lead the co-design of a staff wellness program.
  • Equity Committee: Serve as an active member of the Equity Committee.
  • Data: Work closely with relevant staff to coordinate and collect anonymous and confidential applicant pool demographic information. Perform data analysis, as necessary, to determine insights that drive org-level appropriate action plans and that inform equity initiatives.


  • Policy and practice: Review existing FishWise recruitment policies and procedures, implement best practices, and stay on top of developments in the field.
  • Talent sourcing: Develop effective sourcing and recruitment strategies that align with DEI best practices and that best serve organizational objectives and needs.
  • Training: Train all staff in recruitment policies and practices. Establish hiring teams for individual recruitments, define roles and responsibilities and serve as the go-to resource for participating staff.
  • Materials development: Work closely with communications staff to develop compelling and attractive public postings and associated materials.
  • Maintain efficiency: Develop policies and practices to ensure an effective and efficient recruitment lifecycle while minimizing cost-per-hire.
  • Life cycle: Manage full life cycle recruitment (post, source, prescreen, schedule, background, references, offer, onboarding, offboarding, exit interviews, etc.).
  • Compliance: Ensure FishWise policies and practices follow applicable federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, or equivalent experience plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible HR experience including talent and performance management.
  • Passion for creating a culture of diversity, inclusion, collaboration, teamwork, and knowledge of DEI best practices and how they intersect with the responsibilities of this role.
  • Track record of taking early-stage human resource projects and turning them into successful programs.
  • High emotional intelligence, aptitude for nurturing cross-functional partnerships, and influencing others to action towards the best outcome for all.
  • Thorough understanding of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities at this time but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the organization.


  • Salary range: $100,000-$120,000. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to advance through the range based on satisfactory performance and time in the position.
  • This is a full-time position that can be based either out of our home office in Santa Cruz CA or remotely.
  • Competitive benefit package including, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions.
  • Customary work hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Flex-time can be discussed upon hiring.
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation is required.

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.

  1. https://fishwise.org/about-us/mission-and-vision/

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