The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Director, Environment International (Advocacy Campaign Management)

3 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.


Position Overview
The Senior Director, Environment International will oversee a multifaceted portfolio with 90 staff working on nine conservation projects in countries ranging from Australia to French Polynesia to the United Kingdom. This position will manage project directors and will report to the Vice President, Environment International. The ideal candidate will have significant experience managing professional staff and designing and implementing winning environmental campaigns with an international focus.



  • Supervise project directors and senior managers managing major Environment-International initiatives.  Currently, initiatives are aimed at: securing marine reserves in the Southern Ocean, ensuring the adoption of a strong international seabed mining code, ending overfishing in European waters, creating effective international mechanisms for the protection of sharks, ending overfishing of tuna through regional fisheries management organization action, and securing a U.N. agreement that allows for the establishment of marine reserves on the high seas.
  • In collaboration with project directors and senior managers, and with support from an officer and guidance from the Vice President, develop all board-related documents for those projects, including annual program plans, heads-up memos on new or existing projects requesting funding, and project proposals.
  • Work with project directors and their staff to design and implement successful campaigns that produce measurable and meaningful results for project and portfolio objectives.
  • Review project budgets, expense reports per Pew’s expenditure authority policy, funding proposals and reports, job descriptions, staff promotion and award nominations, news releases, media statements, publications and other work products generated by staff.  Review project contracts prior to approval by Vice President.
  • Supervise the Manager, Project Operations Support as well as the Officer, Environment International.  Both of these positions will provide overarching support to the entire Environment-International Portfolio and will engage directly with the Vice President and the Senior Director. Facilitate the dotted line relationship between the Manager and the Sr. Director, Program Operations.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to internal and external audiences about the goals, strategy and progress of the portfolio. These audiences include program and operational staff within the larger Pew institution, current and potential donors, members of the media, other conservation organizations, representatives of resource management agencies, international organizations, and policymakers and their staff.
  • Partner with the Environment-International Vice President and the Project Director for the International Conservation Unit on strategic planning efforts for the portfolio, in collaboration with Program’s strategy unit and Executive Vice President.
  • Work with project directors to build and maintain a culture of excellence and accountability, establish positive and productive teamwork, effectively manage and coach individual staff, provide appropriate opportunities for professional development and acculturate them to Pew.





  • Bachelor’s degree required; candidates who have an advanced degree in a relevant field, such as natural resources conservation and management, public policy or law are preferred.
  • A minimum of fifteen years of professional experience in related field, with responsibility for strategic planning, idea development, project management, and a sophisticated understanding of the formulation of policy is required.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience as a manager, including managing and developing public policy campaigns and talented advocacy and policy teams. Also required is previous direct supervisory experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • A strong results orientation, with a track record of solving problems creatively.
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use media exposure to communicate conservation needs and impact policy deliberations.
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; an excellent listener who has the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Persuasive, highly articulate, and good at “selling” ideas and gaining support and commitment for initiatives from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects.
  • Excellent time and project management skills. Highly flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
  • The ability to make decisions after contemplating various courses of action, justify recommendations, and to be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong operational management acumen.  Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution. 
  • Ability to fit into the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of The Pew Charitable Trusts, which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.


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 individual in this position will travel throughout the world approximately 25% of their time in order to visit projects, attend international meetings, and manage partnerships. 



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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