9/1/20 – SAFMC Recruitment Announcement: Deputy Director for Management


September 1, 2020

Deputy Director for Management

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405

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The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, one of 8 Regional Fishery Management Councils in the US, is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the EEZ off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida to Key West.

The Council is seeking a fisheries management professional with leadership and supervisory experience for the position of Deputy Director for Management.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing and directing all FMP activities, ensuring compliance with Council and MSA requirements.
  • Supervise technical staff responsible for FMP development and management program activities.
  • Serve as the lead staff supporting Council meetings, including reviewing and compiling Council briefing materials and developing agendas in consultation with the Executive Director and Council Chair.
  • Contribute to FMP development and prepare supporting analyses, including serving as lead staff for FMPs as necessary.
  • Manage special topics and projects on a variety of fishery management subjects.
  • Prepare correspondence on behalf of the Council.
  • Interact with the public, state and federal agencies, and Council advisors on management issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

Minimum Education Requirement: A Master’s Degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with major study in fisheries or natural resources sciences, policy, or management, or a related natural resources or scientific discipline.


Minimum Professional Experience Requirement: 5 years of professional experience in fisheries management or policy activities directly related to the position requirements, including supervisory experience. Additional education experience beyond the minimum requirement may be used to provide up to 2 years of the minimum professional experience.


Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strategic program planning and budgeting
  • Staff, team, and organizational leadership
  • Technical and scientific personnel management and supervision
  • Written and oral communication
  • Project management and planning


Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of the federal fishery management process and FMP requirements.
  • Familiarity with Federal Acts and guidelines related to fisheries management and the Council process including the MSA, FACA, NEPA, and ESA.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical topics with constituents, scientists and researchers, fisheries managers, and Council members.
  • Experience working in a team environment with local and remote coworkers, including those from other agencies and organizations.
  • Experience working with marine and estuarine species in the Southeastern United States, and particularly species managed by the South Atlantic Council.


Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in an office or hotel meeting space, requiring interaction with other staff, colleagues, and partners, individually and through various teams and work groups. Duties require overnight travel including at least 4 week-long Council meetings per year.



This is a permanent, non-federal position with excellent benefits. Starting salary is $91,231 to $112,971, negotiable based on education and professional experience.


To Apply:

Submit the following items to Kelly Klasnick, Administrative Officer, by email (Kelly.Klasnick@safmc.net) or mail (SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405):

  1. A resume detailing your education, relevant training and skills, and other information to support your qualifications for the position.
  2. A written narrative assessment that concisely describes your experiences and qualifications in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of the Council's activities, functions, and responsibilities.
  • Supervisory skills and experience.
  • Skill in project management and strategic planning.
  • Skill in developing solutions to complex natural resource management problems.
  • Skill working on and leading teams to address and coordinate activities and programs related to the conservation and management of natural resources.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical data and information to non-technical audiences, and efficiently provide information to various constituencies both verbally and in writing.

References and education transcripts may be requested prior to hiring.


Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, September 21, 2020.