Value Chain Coordinator

Website Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust

The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust (MBFT) is a nonprofit, founded in 2014, working to ensure that Monterey
Bay’s coastal communities benefit from active, working waterfronts and local, sustainable seafood for years
to come. With a mission to advance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of Monterey Bay
fisheries, MBFT envisions thriving and sustainable fisheries and fishing communities in the region. To learn
more about MBFT, please visit

The Value Chain Coordinator’s work will include identifying and reducing barriers in local seafood markets,
and forging new market relationships, opportunities, and sales for the Monterey Bay groundfish and other
seafood sectors in the region, statewide, and nationally. The Value Chain Coordinatoris a full-time position
and will be the heart of MBFT’s new “fish hub” initiative, which aims to create new, premium markets for local seafood in order to help ensure the viability, longevity, and growth of sustainable commercial fishing and seafood businesses in and around Monterey Bay.

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Strong candidates for this position will thrive if they’re able to wear many hats, roll up their sleeves and get
dirty, and keep many irons in the fire. Equal parts relationship builder, logistics coordinator, broker, supply
chain problem solver, influencer, and seafood storyteller, the Value Chain Coordinator must be a champion
of local food and local seafood, effective with multiple and diverse stakeholders, trustworthy and
dependable, skilled at customer service, and confident and comfortable out on the wharf, behind the wheel,
and in a range of settings from board rooms to cutting rooms.

The Value Chain Coordinatoris a newly created position, reporting to the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust’s
Executive Director and will be based in Monterey, California.

Key Responsibilities

• Spark, coordinate, and maintain strong, lasting, and mutually beneficial seafood supply chain
relationships that generate seafood market transactions, and that include fishermen, unloaders,
packers, cold storage operators, processors, distributors, wholesalers, and volume seafood buyers
• Coordinate logistics, facilitate or make deliveries, and/or leverage regional infrastructure to move
fish from boats to markets
• Communicate regularly with commercial fishermen to align fishing trips with market demand,
advocate for best-in-class fishing methods that protect ocean habitat and lay groundwork for long
term, high volume, stable market relationships
• Bring to life a strong brand identity for source-identified Monterey Bay seafood by promoting the
story of Monterey Bay, its fishermen, and their fishing methods
• Begin planning with MBFT leadership for long term matching of supply and demand, leveraging the

Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust’s groundfish trawl individual fishing quota bank’s current and
projected future holdings

• Convene, facilitate, and “translate” among diverse stakeholders from disparate sectors (industry,
environmental non-profits, and government)
• Collaborate, coordinate, and align efforts with MBFT’s partner organizations and initiatives
• Write and distribute media releases and contribute to the organization’s grant writing efforts
• Develop the metrics of success and a process for tracking progress, including sales, and report to
MBFT leadership regularly


• At least four years of work experience in food sales, brokering, marketing, brand development,
distribution, value chain coordination, or commercial fishing, and Bachelor’s Degree preferred
• Proficient understanding of and work experience with food and/or seafood supply chains
• Knowledge of, passion for, and/or interest in fisheries sustainability, fishing communities, and
seafood markets
• Flexibility – willingness to take on a range of roles, work early morning hours from time to time, make
periodic seafood deliveries if necessary, travel when needed, and generally do what it takes to
ensure success
• Proven ability to overcome obstacles in a collaborative manner
• Highly motivated self-starter capable of creative thinking and focused on outcomes
• Entrepreneurial approach to problem solving
• Ability to ask excellent questions and actively listen to the answers
• Ability to plan strategically and tactically for the immediate and long term simultaneously—
nimbleness to take opportunities as they arise, while maintaining a clear long-term vision
• Focused on measurable results
• Strong business and/or project management skills
• Outstanding interpersonal and influencing skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience facilitating, convening, engaging, and communicating with diverse stakeholders
• Resiliency, determination, and grit
• Demonstrated computer literacy on multiple platforms, including social media
• Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record

Desired Qualifications
• Expertise in sustainable fisheries and/or the West Coast seafood industry
• Existing network and contacts in the West Coast seafood industry
• Familiarity with traceability platforms or strategies

If you have the motivation and skills to launch and lead this Value Chain Coordinator – Monterey Bay
position, please send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to Please include
Value Chain Coordinatorin the subject line. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and email.
Background checks and computer literacy tests are required of final candidates for this position.

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