MSP Program 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+ 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 director who is looking to advance marine spatial planning that supports livelihoods, improves economies, and ensures long-term ocean health. This position will work directly with partner governments, the private sector, NGOs, academia, and Waitt Institute colleagues to conduct analyses, design MSP processes from concept to legal adoption and support the implementation of MSP with our partner countries. This position will involve significant international travel when regular travel resumes (~30%).

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.



  • Lead a team of partners in the design and implementation of the MSP process

  • Build and improve upon the existing MSP strategy in collaboration with WI team and other partners

  • Oversee the development and execution of MSP deliverables

  • Develop partnerships and ensure coordination with local initiatives and other Blue Prosperity projects



Professional Qualifications

  • 7+ years MSP-related experience (10+ preferred) with demonstrated expertise working with coastal communities, designing MSP or MPA management systems or related

  • Experience in facilitation, gaining buy-in and building consensus with governments and private sector institutions in developing or emerging economies

  • Experience synthesizing stakeholder feedback to translate science to policy

  • Experience with spatial mapping systems preferred

  • Reliable, responsive, comfortable working across time zones and different cultural settings

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in planning, conservation, natural resources management, or related, PhD preferred


Personal Attributes

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

  • Ability to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders including scientists, Government, NGOs and general public

  • A superb professional, pragmatic and collegial personal presence

  • A natural leader and creative problem solver


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.