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Director of International Affairs

SUMMARY

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of International Affairs will define SOA’s global expansion plans, and how the company enters new markets at speed and scale. A large part of the company’s growth strategy is managed on the impact that’s created in regions around the world. Additionally, the Director role will oversee the newly formed program called The Global Policy Advisory Council (GPAC). The program leverages the extensive experience of world leaders to create new policy frameworks that will remove barriers to entry and advance ocean entrepreneurship. This role will also work closely with SOA’s COO and Strategy Director to work on pivotal strategies that strengthen SOA’s global footprint. 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Defining SOA’s global expansion plans and how to best target regions around the world. 
    • Determining what locations are top priority for SOA’s growth through extensive research. 
    • Supporting the core team on defining SOA’s impact strategy. 
    • Serving as a consultant on international laws, policies and regulations regarding climate change and ocean health. 
    • Evaluating international cooperation programs and projects. 
    • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data from election results, public opinion surveys and foreign legislation projects to develop recommendations.

 

  • Analyzing and interpreting international policies, issues, legislations, as well as the activities of governments, businesses, and organizations overseas:
    • Forecasting political, economic, and social trends.
    • Identifying international issues for research and analysis. 
    • Analyzing possible causes and consequences of international issues around climate change and ocean health , as well as suggesting possible solutions.
    • Maintaining current knowledge of foreign and domestic political affairs and their decisions around climate change and ocean health. 

 

  • Overseeing and managing the newly formed GPAC program, building it from the ground up alongside key leadership: 
    • Strategizing around the launch of the first official project of GPAC in two locations.
    • Setting the roadmap for growth for the first project of GPAC.  
    • Operationalizing the program with a current and prospective team. 
    • Defining program KPIs and growth metrics, while reporting monthly to prove results.

 

  • Liaising with GPAC officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, and political parties connected to the program: 
    • Overseeing all relationships within the GPAC program. 
    • Sourcing and onboarding new GPAC members into the program.
    • Tracking and managing pipeline of GPAC members, acting as key point of contact and “liaison.”
    • Recapping all meetings, conversations and discussions with GPAC, setting meeting cadence and schedules. 

 

  • Sharing program results, updates and news through academic and professional publications, written reports, and public presentations.
    • Working with SOA’s PR team to launch GPAC and its first program in the media. 
    • Providing media commentary regarding success of the program and providing regular updates to keep story in the news 
    • Writing drafts of legislative proposals and preparing speeches, correspondence and white papers for GPAC and its first program.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Outstanding knowledge of political and international relations studies and theories—with a deep understanding of climate change and ocean health topics around the world. 
  • Ability to conduct research on international relations data—knowing how to collect and sort data and findings from surveys, elections, legislations, and the media
  • Ability to analyze and document data findings and insights.  
  • Excellent research and project development skills—being able to translate ideas into practical goals and to define projects on international social issues. 
  • Applying theoretical and diplomatic approaches to international problems, specifically climate change and ocean health. 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and assessment skills. 
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Using creativity and imagination to develop new theories and to apply new solutions to problems.
  • Organizational and time management skills. 
  • Prioritizing and planning activities so as to use time efficiently while managing a high volume, diverse workload with high-impact stakeholders. 
  • Exceptional professionalism and strong work ethic—being trustworthy enough to handle sensitive/confidential information.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations 
  • An understanding and/or further study of sustainable development goals. 
  • A history of working at NGOs or NFPs is preferred, but not required. 
  • Past work experience collaborating with the most senior stakeholders at organizations. 
  • Strong work tenure: 10+ years of experience in International Relations.
  • Ability to work across all Office tools, along with Salesforce. 
  • *A combination of education, training, and experience which has provided theoretical and practical knowledge will be evaluated for equivalency.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND TRAVEL

  1. This position is primarily remote with required hours on Pacific Standard time and flexibility to work some evening and weekend hours as needed. Close proximity to CEO, COO and Strategy Director. 

 

Physical Requirements: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess distance, color and depth; Required to regularly communicate with others and exchange accurate information.
  • Able to operate a computer and other office productivity equipment; able to remain stationary at a computer for extended periods of time and move around designated work space.
  • Occasional day and night domestic travel and some international travel is a potential (up to 25%).


 

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