The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Flood-Prepared Communities

6 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, 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.


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 spans all seven continents with close to 250 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity and the destruction of the 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’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and ecology to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.


In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. 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. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.


Project Summary
Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities project is working to reduce the impact weather-related catastrophes such as floods and hurricanes have on the United States economy, communities and environment through four main policy areas:

  • Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program 
  • Increasing federal investment in programs to help communities prepare for future floods
  • Improving resiliency and durability requirements for infrastructure that is rebuilt after catastrophes
  • Protecting ecosystems such as wetlands, salt marshes, and dunes that can absorb storm impacts and help shield property


Position Overview
The Senior Associate will work closely with the Project Director and campaign staff to execute campaign related activities for Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities project. The Senior Associate will support the advocacy and research components of the program such as web analysis, research-related reports, white papers, fact sheets, e-advocacy, field materials, and official campaign materials. The Senior Associate will coordinate internally with communications, government relations, and field staff on advocacy outreach and research, and, at times, work with external consultants and partners. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, will report to the Project Director, Flood-Prepared Communities.

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 outreach materials to support government relations, communications, and grassroots activities. 
  • Manage e-advocacy outreach and strategy. 
  • Draft campaign content such as web analysis, fact sheets, and e-advocacy materials for public distribution. 
  • Identify opportunities for the campaign to publicize research materials such as educational briefings, events, conferences, publications, etc.
  • Work with Pew’s field operations to strategically deploy advocacy materials.
  • Identify and/or conduct research in support of campaign policy goals. 
  • Work with external partners to conduct research or manage advocacy strategies on behalf of the campaign.
  • Edit and fact-check campaign materials; ensure accuracy of content, facts, and data. 
  • Represent the campaign to external stakeholders and coalition groups.


  • A bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • At least four years of professional experience with increasing responsibility working on a public affairs, public policy, or political campaign. 
  • Experience working on issues related to flood reform and/or disaster mitigation preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions.
  • Ability to translate complex data and issues into user-friendly content for the web, Capitol Hill, or media.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and subjects and meet near-term and long-term deadlines. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, and the ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills; highly results-oriented.

It is anticipated that there will be limited domestic travel for research-related conferences and stakeholder meetings.

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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