Posted on February 8, 2023

Request for Proposals

The New England Fishery Management Council is soliciting the services of an independent contractor to assist the Council with the hiring of a permanent, full-time executive director. The Council’s current executive director recently announced his retirement.

This is a short-term, temporary contractor role. The application deadline is March 1, 2023. The Council’s goal is to make a hiring decision on the new executive director by early June 2023.

The Council is taking the extra step of soliciting a contractor to ensure that it undertakes a thoughtful, objective, and trusted executive search process.

The contractor will work with the current executive director and Executive Committee to, among other tasks:

  • Clarify the qualifications and experience desired for the position;
  • Assist with outreach efforts to encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply;
  • Help develop effective interview questions;
  • Execute a rigorous evaluation and screening process; and
  • Support the Executive Committee’s development of a list of finalist candidates.

The Council’s Executive Committee is overseeing the search and will recommend finalists to the full Council. The Council will select the new executive director in closed session.

Details about the project description, Council background, project objectives, initial statement of work, desired experience and demonstrated skills, and application submission information are outlined in the request for proposals.

Questions concerning the technical aspects of the request for proposals should be directed to Tom Nies at Questions concerning the contracting process or NOAA grant regulations should be directed to Margaret Bernier at