The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (International Marine Reserve Campaigning)

8 months ago
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The Pew Charitable Trusts



The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


The Environmental Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts
For the past twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • The use of fossil fuels and other energy sources that damage the environment and increase the  concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment.

Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia and Chile.  Pew has also become one of, if not the, largest group of marine policy professionals in the world, working to reduce the scope and severity of various activities that are having a detrimental impact on the health of the world’s oceans.  Each year many tons of fish and other marine life are removed from the world’s oceans due to harmful fishing practices and to the lack of appropriate regulatory controls that allow overfishing and habitat destruction to continue.


Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Pew’s work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life and the habitat on which it depends. Our work uses a systematic, rigorous approach through the application of the latest science-based conservation standards to establish catch limits and to put in place other measures to protect or restore populations of marine life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales.


Our current efforts in the Western Hemisphere are focused on implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management practices in U.S. waters, protecting marine wildlife and habitat in the Arctic Ocean, achieving clean energy and climate adaption policies at the federal level, and designating new wilderness protected areas, parks and wildlife refuges on land. 


Campaign Overview
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (“Ocean Legacy”) is a project of Pew which works to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine ecosystems through the establishment of very large, highly protected marine reserves.
In 2006, the Pew Charitable Trusts and several partners launched the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy project in an effort to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks. After a decade of working with indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, scientists and other organizations, the project has aided in the creation of nine major marine reserves and has helped safeguard more than 2.4 million square miles (6.3 million square kilometers) of ocean. But even with these successes, less than 3 percent of the world’s ocean has strong protections. Recognizing that new science indicates we need to protect 30 percent of our oceans, Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation created a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected marine reserves from nine to 15 by 2022. 


Position Overview

The Senior Officer is responsible for developing, maintaining and advancing high-level political strategy and developing political contacts. He or she will identify and execute political opportunities and partnerships with the goal of advancing and securing the campaign’s objectives. Ocean Legacy campaigns ultimately are decided by the highest level of government officials including heads of state, and the senior officer will be responsible for securing the necessary political support for success.  The Senior Officer reports to the Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy and is based in Washington, DC.


The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.




  • Act on behalf of the director in key political meetings including with government representatives, ministers and heads of state.
  • Work with the director and other Ocean Legacy staff to identify the most tractable project sites, helping to assess the feasibility of securing political support for designations.
  • Monitor progress to determine when the projects are at risk of not achieving political support and, when needed, work with the director and other staff to take appropriate steps to fix the problem in ways that keep projects on course.
  • Maintain a broad understanding of the campaign’s work at individual project sites including tactics, goals and strategies in order to be able to integrate that information into political opportunities.
  • Identify the most tractable project sites, setting highly measurable intermediate goals and targets; developing timelines; assessing the strengths and weaknesses of campaign plans; determining when the projects are at risk of not meeting their goals, identifying the causes and, when needed, taking appropriate steps to fix the problem in ways that keep projects on course.
  • Work with GOL teams on-the-ground to develop political strategies, stakeholder maps, and manage relationships for all Ocean Legacy campaigns. Ensure campaign work is coordinated and aligned with the political strategy.
  • Secure significant public profile for the project. Ensure that communications and outreach are essential components of the campaigns and are used to advance the project’s overall goals.  Respond to public inquiries about the work by representing the campaign publicly at conferences and official forums and responding to press inquiries regarding the project as a principal spokesperson for the campaign and organization.
  • Build an extensive coalition and establish, foster and manage cooperative working relationships with a broad cross section of stakeholders as necessary to achieve the project goals.
  • Develop an understanding of Pew’s administrative procedures, policies and protocols and ensure that all campaign work is consistent with Pew policies and guidelines.




  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in public policy and non-profit work, including experience with campaigning, political engagement, lobbying and strategic campaign development
  • A broad understanding of environmental issues and particularly marine issues both in the United States and internationally.
  • Demonstrated strong political and campaign skills. Ability to synthesize information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and develop a solution. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Able to set short- and longer-term planning goals in line with project management. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to independently develop and move projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, donors, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project. Excellent listening skills.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish or French desirable.



It is anticipated that the individual in this position will undertake international travel for approximately 60% of their time to meet campaign



Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including:  comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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