The Pew Charitable Trusts

Associate I, Lenfest Ocean Program

6 months ago
Job ID
Program-Research & Science
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, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.


Project Summary
The environmental science division (ESD) works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions to global environmental challenges. Within the Environmental Science Division, the Lenfest Ocean Program ( sponsors and communicates peer-reviewed research projects on timely marine policy issues, specifically focused on marine ecosystems, fisheries, wildlife and climate. The program’s highly integrated method of supporting of scientific research to inform current and emerging policy questions involves a use-driven project development process combined with targeted communications and engagement with stakeholders.

Position Overview
The Associate I will work with the Manager and colleagues for the Lenfest Ocean Program, and the Communication department, to design and implement the Program’s outreach engagement activities consistent with the program’s strategic plan.

The Associate I will disseminate research results to the scientific community, both directly and by working with Communication staff to implement appropriate digital outreach tools, including the program’s website, a monthly newsletter and social media. The position will also include networking with policy audiences across a range of marine conservation issues, connecting with non-profit and industry stakeholders interested in program supported scientific research, and identifying and framing projects within the current policy context.

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.


  • Develop and implement a creative digital strategy to broaden the program’s audiences and increase stakeholder awareness of program-supported projects, in collaboration with the communication staff; 
  • Cultivate new relationships with relevant stakeholders, external scientists and organizations through digital media to increase visibility of program-supported research projects and results;
  • Work with the communication staff to identify and implement the appropriate digital outreach strategies and activities for each target audience;
  • Liaise with the communication staff to create and distribute digital outreach materials, such as newsletters, web summaries, and social media; 
  • Maintain high standards for credibility, accuracy, and saliency for outreach materials resulting from program-supported research results.
  • Contribute as needed to other Lenfest Ocean Program activities.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in biological or environmental sciences or a related field. 
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience using digital engagement strategies to reach stakeholder audiences. 
  • Experience in building and maintaining stakeholder communities, reached through electronic engagement and social media (digital newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Proficiency in creating and editing materials with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Creative Suites, Mailchimp and Photoshop required.
  • Excellent project management skills. Able to track assignments from development through execution. 
  • Creative and strategic thinker. Ability to identify new ways of communicating Program materials digitally.
  • Keen attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills. Able to balance multiple priorities, organize time and work autonomously on discrete projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of scientific issues. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, grantees and others. Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Is self-directed and accepts full responsibility for completing assignments and resolving issues. Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.

Occasional domestic and international travel.

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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