• Associate, Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 months ago(2/14/2018 5:34 PM)
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    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    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 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 economics 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.


    Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas
    Although the high seas make up a majority of the world’s oceans, no institutional or formal legal framework currently exists to designate fully protected marine reserves beyond a country’s exclusive economic zone except in the Southern Ocean. These waters, covering an area larger than all of the world’s continents combined, exemplify the tragedy of the global commons—exploited by all, but protected by none. The value of fully protected marine reserves has been increasingly recognized by individual countries which have established reserves in their own exclusive economic zones as a means to protect and conserve marine biodiversity and ensure the health of marine ecosystems.


    The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly is anticipated to establish an intergovernmental conference in 2018 to negotiate final text of a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in the high seas by the end of 2020. This project will utilize Pew’s experience as a leader in the creation of science-based marine reserves and protected areas and international ocean policy to mount a global campaign that generates worldwide support for the negotiation of this agreement.


    Position Overview
    The associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, will provide support to the Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas campaign. The position will report to the senior manager and the associate will work closely with all members of the project team as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations and other areas.


    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.


    • Assist the project director and other campaign staff in implementing effective campaign strategies that will result in broad support for a decision to negotiate an implementing agreement in political capitals around the world and at key U.N. missions in New York, NY.
    • Represent Pew publicly on conference calls and at meetings and events where related topics are being discussed. 
    • Assist in the development and dissemination of outreach materials for the public, policy makers, coalition partners and others for campaign sites.
    • Independently draft documents (e.g. cover memos, correspondence, outreach materials, research summaries, etc.) that assist with implementation of campaign strategies.
    • Assist in the organizing and planning of campaign events and meetings needed for the work of the campaign both in the U.S. and in international locations. 
    • Organize and carry out special projects related to the overall campaign efforts. 
    • Support the development of meeting agendas, memos, and other internal documents in close coordination with senior campaign staff.
    • Develop and maintain a general knowledge of campaign projects and related activities in order to place meetings, events, materials, and publications in the relevant policy and scientific context. 
    • Assist senior manager and other campaign staff in liaising with other Pew internal departments regarding campaign and operations-related activities.
    • Work with campaign staff based in Washington, D.C. and London offices on logistics for international meetings and conferences.


    • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    • A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated analytical, writing, and fact-checking skills. Experience in environmental or public policy preferred. 
    • Ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media and the public. 
    • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand and synthesize different policy perspectives. 
    • Experience working with academics, nonprofits and other entities that conduct research and policy analysis—helping to ensure the results are rigorous, policies are relevant, and communication is clear, timely, and persuasive to target audiences. 
    • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required; database and online research applications preferred. Familiarity with Salesforce and/or PeopleSoft preferred.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork. 
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources. 
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.
    • 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 10% of their time to meet campaign objectives.


    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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