Assistant Director


Location: San Diego, CA 

Hours: Full time (with some nights and weekends)

Compensation: Commensurate with experience


Care about the environment and want to make a difference? You will be joining a team of international experts working around the globe to protect the world’s oceans. The Waitt Institute is working with 10+ nations and territories to create sustainable ocean plans to will help improve local livelihoods and economies while safeguarding the marine life and ecosystems. 


The Assistant Director is responsible for providing core support to the Waitt Institute’s Executive Director in managing and overseeing programs and projects. The ideal candidate will have an affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community. This position will work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.  


Like to travel? This position may include international travel.



  • Support development and management of standard operating procedures

  • Prepare reports by collecting and analyzing information

  • Conduct project research, planning, and coordination 

  • Assist in budgeting and operations management




  • Strong project and process management skills and incredible attention to detail 

  • Ability to manage time efficiently and keep track of and prioritize amongst many tasks

  • Stellar writing, editing, and general communications skills

  • Independent, motivated, and flexible in response to changing assignments

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent



  • Experience working with foundations and nonprofit organizations 

  • Experience with ocean conservation and management programs and policy

  • Experience in data and systems management 


Company Benefits

Unlimited Paid Time Off | Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision options | Health Savings Account | 401(k) match up to 6%





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La Jolla, CA 92037

 (858) 551-4443

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