The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Senior Associate, Outback to Oceans Australia - Operations Support (Temporary Contractor/Limited Engagement)

    Location AU-QL-Brisbane
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/16/2018 11:09 AM)
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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.

    Outback to Oceans:
    Outback Australia and its adjacent remote seas is one of the few great natural areas remaining on Earth. Pew has worked in the Outback since 2007 seeking better protection and management for remote landscapes and seascapes. We work in the four Outback states and co-lead a range of projects and campaigns to obtain durable outcomes for conservation. Fundamental to our work is engaging with local people from different sectors to obtain lasting outcomes that work for people, country and wildlife. Further details of our work in Australia can be found at:


    Position Overview:
    The Senior Associate will provide temporary support to the Outback to Oceans Project in Australia. The temporary position will report to the Director, Outback to Oceans, and will be based in Brisbane.


    Duration: 6-8 months to cover a parental leave absence. Start date targeted to be early to mid-May 2018.


    Payroll: Will work onsite at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Brisbane, but the selected candidate will be pay rolled through a third party staffing agency.


    • Manage the cross-cutting operational needs of the Outback to Oceans Program, including overseeing contract renewals.
    • Lead in coordinating and organising public events and meetings needed for the advocacy work of the Outback to Oceans campaigns. 
    • Manage other administrative and campaign projects that arise, including assisting senior staff with establishing new campaigns at the state level.
    • Coordinate and organise publication of reports and other written materials needed for the work of the Outback to Oceans campaigns, in coordination with other Pew stakeholders. 
    • Lead in organising and making systematic the facilitation and coordination of budgets, shared files, contracts, annual program plans and meetings.
    • Establish and maintain systems for tracking internal institutional deliverables and support the Outback to Oceans as a liaison with other units in Pew’s Washington, DC, office. 
    • Act as a liaison with real estate services, organizational continuity management, finance and legal staff in the Washington, DC office as needed.



    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • A minimum of 4 years of directly related professional experience. 
    • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
    • Strong project management skills. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
    • Superior oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as the means to address it. Confidence in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others, as appropriate.
    • Ability to write and edit precisely, with a strong focus on accuracy of detail for language and figures, for a wide range of documentation types. 
    • Ability to engage and work easily with people from a range of different Australian cultures. 


    • Experience working within a non-government organisation.
    • Knowledge of Australian terrestrial and marine conservation issues. 
    • Experience at organisation of public events.


    Application Process

    Please click the application link/button and follow the instructions to send a CV and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources.

    Applications to close on 10 April 2018.


    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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