Sustainable Business Operations Manager

Remote (United States)


The Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) is a coalition of AZA-accredited aquariums working together to increase our conservation impact. We safeguard ocean and freshwater ecosystems by aligning and supporting the conservation efforts of aquariums across the United States for greater collective and individual impact. Our members do this by advocating for policy change to advance federal and state conservation policies, inspire and mobilize our audiences to take action, and demonstrate our commitment to conservation by adopting sustainable business practices.  

ACP is a fiscally-sponsored, fully-remote project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Job Summary

ACP seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to serve as our first Sustainable Business Operations Manager. The Sustainable Business Operations Manager is an integral member of ACP’s team advancing our joint sustainable business commitments including eliminating single-use plastic in our operations, reaching climate neutrality, and feeding sustainable seafood to animals in our care. 

Primary responsibilities for the Sustainable Business Operations Manager include assisting ACP aquariums in making and achieving business operations commitments, tracking and reporting progress by aquariums in meeting the commitment, and managing grant deliverables related to sustainable business commitments. 

Core Activities

  • Assist ACP members in achieving climate, plastic, and sustainable seafood feed business operations commitments. 
  • Track and report progress by aquariums in meeting the commitments. 
  • Coordinate and supervise work of sustainable business commitment consultants. 
  • Manage grant deliverables and reporting related to sustainable business operations work.
  • Develop opportunities for ACP aquariums to work with external businesses to meet commitments.
  • Convene Business Operations Work Groups to maintain coordination, foster collaborations, develop work plans, and advance project implementation. Build and maintain relationships with all program partners.
  • Lead and conduct regular meetings of the Business Operations Work Groups; produce and distribute meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Manage listservs for Business Operations Work Groups. 
  • Attend regular staff meetings and team retreats.
  • Provide input and feedback on work products, staff development, and office procedures.
  • Execute administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs)

  • 5 - 10 years of experience in that demonstrates an understanding of sustainability, climate action, and/or regenerative organizations.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in sustainability, conservation, natural resource management or related area of study.
  • Demonstrated experience leading sustainability and/or regenerative initiatives at an organization or community level. Experience with aquariums or a similarly complex environment a plus.
  • Knowledge of sustainability frameworks and strategies, such as climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies, climate vulnerability assessments, building energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and diversion, renewable energy, carbon offsets and carbon pricing, greenhouse gas accounting, and reduction planning.
  • Working knowledge of greenhouse gas inventories and data tracking practices.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience with project management, including demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex projects while maintaining forward progress and consistently meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and composition skills. Ability to synthesize extensive information from multiple sources into a lucid, cohesive written product.
  • Must demonstrate racial and cultural competency and a commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong technological skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite, and working knowledge of web-based communications tools and platforms.
  • Flexibility in working style, marked by an ability to work closely with a wide range of personality and organization types and teams.
  • Innovative and solutions oriented – demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
  • Ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, as well as anticipate informational needs as situations and projects develop.
  • Team player with the ability to step into leadership roles.

Annual Compensation Range

$75,000 - $95,000. Starting rate will vary based on previous experience and relevant skills/knowledge set. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt one-year term position with possibility of extension. Occasional travel expected. 

To Apply:

Interested individuals should send a resume (no more than 3 pages), three references, and whatever you feel will give us more information about who you are and why you are interested in this position. This can be in the form of a cover letter, presentation, relevant articles or features, video, etc. 

Please send to Kim McIntyre, Executive Director, [email protected] with the subject line “[Last Name] Application for Sustainable Business Operations Manager” by June 1, 2024. 

After initial application review, we will reach out to selected candidates for a video or phone interview, which will be followed by a video or phone interview for finalists. We plan to make a hiring decision by the end of July.

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