Remote, Europe
Salary: £85,000 - £105,000 GBP for UK-based applicants and €95,000- €115,000 EUR for EU-based applicants
Candidate Level: Management
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full Time
Sector: Conservation / Environment / Climate
Link to Website
Closing date: 10/03/2024
Global Fishing Watch
Director, HR

Global Fishing Watch is an international, non-profit organization committed to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency. We create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean. Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, Global Fishing Watch became an independent non-profit organization in June 2017. 

Using cutting-edge technology, we create and publicly share map visualizations, data and analysis tools to enable scientific research and drive a transformation in how we manage our ocean. Our major focus is on commercial fishing because it is the most widespread human activity at sea, the most impactful on ocean health, and the most crucial for global livelihoods and food security. By 2030, we aim to monitor and visualize the impact of ocean-going vessels, both industrial and small-scale, that are responsible for the vast majority of the global seafood catch. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean commons for the common good of all. 


Reporting to the COO, the Director, HR will help define and then execute the organization's goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention, ensuring that our HR policies and processes best support the organization’s strategic goals. With 85 staff in 20+ different countries, the director is also responsible for ensuring consistency throughout the organisation, fostering a common sense of belonging across the various regions, and supporting an inclusive, thriving work environment for all throughout the complete work life cycle. They plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies, activities, and staff of the Human Resource department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization's mission and talent strategy.

As GFW will continue to grow significantly over the next 18 months, the Director, HR will be tasked with ensuring that GFW is best positioned to maintain our ethos and sense of team and sustain that growth while remaining an employer of choice for its global staff.

Primary responsibilities

HR strategic planning and compliance

  • With input from the senior management team, defines and implements the organization's goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization's human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends including review of reports and metrics from the organization's human resource information systems.
  • Monitors and ensures the organization's compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations in the US and in other countries as appropriate and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.

HR management

  • Accountable for the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management.
  • Supports DEI initiatives as relevant.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Team leadership and management

  • Supervises HR staff, providing leadership, guidance and feedback and supporting teams to resolve complex problems.
  • Establishes strategic goals and objectives and key results (OKRs) with team members, manages performance and track delivery.
  • Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for HR staff.
  • Maintains the department’s budget.
  • Develops, coordinates, and enforces systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures a safe, secure, welcoming, and legal work environment.


The following offers an aspirational view of our ideal candidate profile; however, we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.  




  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or related field required, or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 3 years managing a team.
  • Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently to a very high standard of detail.
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and communicate project updates to stakeholders in a transparent and proactive manner.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • An understanding of the complexities and internal communications surrounding collaboration in a global matrix and remote organization.


  • Demonstrated experience managing HR in a multi-country environment, or in different countries.
  • Experience in supporting organizations through significant change (such as rapid growth, geographic expansion, strategic change, etc) from an HR perspective.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish or French.

Terms and conditions

Working hours: Global Fishing Watch supports flexible working, so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational and personal needs. The position will be part of a global team spanning many different time zones so the candidate must be able to accommodate regular early/late meetings to be able to work effectively. Weekend work may be required on occasion. The post holder may be required to undertake regional and international travel. No overtime is payable.

Compensation: A compensation range for this position is £85,000 - £105,000 GBP for UK-based applicants and €95,000 - €115,000 EUR for EU-based applicants. For applicants located in other countries, the pay range will be adjusted to the country of hire. Compensation is commensurate with experience and will vary depending on the hired candidate’s country of residence, in accordance with local laws and regulations. GFW offers pension/retirement, health, and other benefits commensurate with similar level GFW employees in the country of employment. The position may be a GFW employee or consultant, depending on the country of residence. 

Equal opportunities: Global Fishing Watch is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that our mission is best advanced when welcoming the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees of Global Fishing Watch and our partners, vendors, suppliers, and contractors. We welcome the application of all qualified professionals and especially encourage those who have been historically marginalized or underrepresented because of their actual or perceived race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link below.

Please contact Karem Armstrong at for any queries you may have.

The deadline for application is Sunday 10th March 2024

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Contact person: Karem Amstrong
Preferred method of response: Web
Apply link: Link to Apply
Closing date: 10/03/2024