The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Officer, Business Partnerships and Outreach, International Conservation Unit

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(10/12/2017 10:32 AM)
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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.


International Conservation Unit:
The International Conservation Unit (ICU) works across Pew’s environment international portfolio to ensure development of robust policy positions and strategy, provide specialized expertise, assist in developing and launching of new bodies of work, and provide for internal and external coordination, including coordinating Pew efforts around major international meetings.

The ICU is an integral part of the broader environment international team, which currently focuses on establishing marine protected areas, improving fisheries management, ending illegal fishing, improving shark conservation and regulating seabed mining.


Position Overview: 
The Senior Officer, Business Partnerships and Outreach, International Conservation Unit will be responsible for developing strategies designed to leverage markets-based approaches to conservation. Working closely with other members of the team and in coordination with the Senior Officer, Business Partnerships and Outreach, Ending Illegal Fishing Project, the Senior Officer will develop and integrate market-based approaches into existing ocean work and help to develop new land and ocean projects with market-based components. The Senior Officer will also develop partnerships and collaborative relationships with retailers, industry and other key constituencies to enhance Pew’s international conservation efforts. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Project Director, International Conservation Unit.


The Senior Officer, Business Partnerships and Outreach, International Conservation Unit will:

  • Develop a cohesive and targeted strategic approach to working with industry, retailers and other key constituencies to advance new and existing conservation initiatives. 
  • Develop partnerships and collaborative relationships that leverage market demand and support the successful application of strategies. 
  • Develop and maintain a network for outreach to relevant industries at all levels of the supply chain, including distributers, importers, exporters, processors and retailers.
  • Work with other Pew campaigns to engage government agencies focused on relevant initiatives. 
  • Advise campaigns of market measures that can achieve improved conservation internationally. 
  • Identify opportunities to develop partnerships to further conservation efforts. 
  • Maintain an understanding of changes in technology and evolution in international and domestic markets and economies to best apply influence conservation and management decisions.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials, economists, market experts and national and international institutions, as well as relevant nonprofits in the field. Organize and host strategy sessions with scientists, nonprofits, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Represent The Pew Charitable Trusts at meetings and events. 
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.


  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience required. Prior experience in the business sector, corporate social responsibility and/or international conservation arena is strongly preferred.
  • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in a relevant area is preferred.
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results;
  • A task-oriented style, with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy;
  • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios that satisfy multiple agendas among multiple stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including summarizing the essence of issues and the means to address them. Clear, effective writing style and strong presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate;
  • Exhibits diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of individuals and international institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another;
  • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners;
  • Able to adapt to a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chain of command hierarchies. Successful experience in leveraging ideas and creating projects that produce measurable results;

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.


International travel will be required.


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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