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Blue Economy Manager


Location: San Diego, CA 

Hours: Full time (with some nights and weekends)

Compensation: Commensurate with experience


Care about oceans and coastal communities 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+ national and territorial governments to create sustainable ocean plans to help improve local livelihoods and economies while safeguarding marine life and ecosystems. The Waitt Institute is hiring a Blue Economy Manager who is looking to foster ocean-based private sector growth and economic development in developing and developed States and Territories. Reporting to the Blue Economy Director, this position will work with inhouse teams as well as with partner governments, the private sector, and academia to develop economic strategies, business plans, and funding pathways.

As a global team, the Waitt Institute is committed to being diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive, and we recognize that these core values enable our success. We seek to employ talented advocates for the ocean and coastal communities, and we welcome all applicants.



  • Supports Blue Economy Director in design and execution of blue economy programs and processes

  • Ensure that the blue economy work is properly coordinated with program teams and partners

  • Conduct analyses, compose reports, and synthesize information in support of blue economy program development and execution

  • Help assess and prioritize blue economic growth and diversification opportunities

  • Assist in the development of business plans capable of generating revenue streams from one or more ocean sectors



Professional Qualifications

  • 5+ years in private sector development, sustainable finance, strengthening value chains or economic diversification - preferably in sustainable or ocean-related industries

  • Experience with online tools for managing remote team-work

  • Experience in helping to create investment opportunities – preferably in developing countries

  • Reliable, responsive, and comfortable working across time zones which often involves “out of hours” team work

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business, finance, economics, sustainable development or related field


Personal Attributes

  • High level of organizational skills with the ability to coordinate inter-organizational teams

  • Ability to research topics, analyze data and prepare compelling documents

  • Ability to inspire trust and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills and move from ideas to outcomes

  • A superb professional and pragmatic personal presence


Company Benefits

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

Please submit applications by November 30, 2020.

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