Are you our new ocean saving International Director?

The Black Fish has secured a generous funding grant and is now recruiting an International Director to help take full advantage of our current position to grow as an innovative and effective ocean conservation organisation and build on our many achievements to date.

The money is not enormous, but the opportunity is vast. For the right person, this award-winning, effective and accomplished ocean-defending family could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Interested? Read on!

What does the director role involve?

Location: Europe, head office in Amsterdam. Remote-working agreement possible
Hours: Full-time, paid position

The overall responsibility for The Black Fish’s operational and organisational projects lies with the International Director. The effective implementation of the organisation’s overall vision, values and mission are core tasks in this role. You will work with and oversee our Citizen Inspector Network, Volunteer and financial teams as well as representing The Black Fish on an international stage.

You will oversee the initiation and management of all the organisation’s projects throughout their lifecycle, helping to drive the mission forward and acting to uplift the organisation’s performance, outcomes and public profile.

With registered charities in three countries, you will be responsible for making sure these organisations collaborate under The Black Fish banner, whilst carrying out independent projects. Working with the boards of each charity you will develop annual plans to streamline the support work taking place by each.

By demonstrating a strong vision and working towards continuous improvement you will drive change and act to develop our organisation’s growth to face the challenges ahead. You need to show strong leadership, be confident and decisive, a people’s person with strong organisational skills, whilst able to manage your dedicated team in a participatory and inclusive manner.

As an organisation, there are a lot of things we do right and a lot of things we need to work on. Our supporter numbers are massive, but our management of them needs work as does our media outreach and fundraising strategy. Since we started we have literaly been ‘flying by the seat of our pants’, getting things done with limited budgets and achieving great things, but it’s time to get our processes in place and bring structure to our international community of passionate ocean savers.

If you believe you are the person to put The Black Fish on the map amongst other major environmental NGOs and lead the organisation into the future, we would love to hear from you.


  • Overall strategic vision, using our network of Citizen Inspectors, volunteers and supporters to get the best results for the oceans
  • Formalising the relationships and coordinating projects of our international branches
  • Building relationships with public and private bodies as well as with other NGOs who can effectively use the intelligence collected by our Citizen Inspector Network
  • Implementing and maintaining structure and procedures in all areas, contributing to the smooth running of the organisation
  • Working with our fundraiser to increase supporter relations and income generation
  • Working with major donors and developing high value prospects
  • Responsibility for press outreach
  • Public speaking

Required experience

  • Experience managing a larger, international team
  • At least three years experience of working in NGO management
  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • The ability to work independently, including on weekends and evenings
  • Basic knowledge on marine conservation issues
  • Good knowledge on the history and approach of The Black Fish
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, other languages are a bonus
  • Willingness to travel

What we offer

The Black Fish offers you an opportunity to steer our rapidly-growing organisation into the future, with a supportive work environment with a compassionate and committed team and the guarantee of a good living wage.

How to apply

To apply: Send an email with your CV and a covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role to [email protected]

Deadline: The application deadline is 19 Nov 2016. Successful applicants will be asked to be available for online interviews during two weeks following the deadline.