• Senior Associate, Reducing Harmful Fishing Subsidies (Outreach)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/21/2018 3:54 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.


    Reducing Harmful Fishing Subsidies
    Global fishing capacity — the total capability of the world’s fleets to catch fish — continues to grow beyond historic records and is now, some estimate, at 250 percent above what is needed to fish at maximum sustainable catch levels. This growth is made possible largely through a flow of subsidies from governments to support their fisheries totaling an estimated $35 billion per year. Not all subsidies are necessarily harmful. Some are used to improve fisheries management and may enhance sustainability. However, the majority of these payments go to industrial fisheries where they are used to defray costs for fuel, new gear, and vessel construction, among other things. Subsidies can allow fishermen to pursue fish for greater distances, across larger areas, and for longer periods of time, sometimes beyond the limits of fish to maintain healthy populations.


    The World Trade Organization, or WTO, the international body responsible for regulating trade-related matters, is considering prohibitions on fisheries subsidies. This project will utilize Pew’s experience as a leader in international marine conservation to seek WTO adoption of measures that substantially reduce harmful fisheries subsidies.


    Position Overview
    The senior associate, reducing harmful fishing subsidies will support the development and implementation of a global campaign to seek WTO adoption of measures that substantially reduce harmful fisheries subsidies. This will include work in key capitols around the world and at WTO missions in Geneva, Switzerland. The campaign will work closely with other organizations, including playing a core role in building a coalition of other non-governmental organizations so as to galvanize international support for launching negotiations.


    This position, based in Washington, D.C., works closely with the international conservation unit and government relations teams. This position is contingent upon board approval in June 2018. It reports to the manager and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.



    • Work with other campaign staff in designing and implementing effective strategies that will result in broad support in key political capitols around the world and at WTO missions in Geneva for an agreement to substantially reduce harmful subsidies.
    • Assist in the oversight of contractors and consultants.
    • Work in close collaboration with other allies and organizations in order to maximize the impact of campaign strategies.
    • Research, write, and edit campaign materials, such as reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, presentations, letters, and web content
    • Coordinate the development and implementation of contracts for campaign projects. Work with campaign staff to draft work plans and procurement documents, communicate with contractors and grantees, manage the approval process with other units of the Trusts and monitor ongoing grants and contracts
    • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant NGOs in the field.
    • Represent Pew publicly on conference calls and at meetings and events where related topics are being discussed.
    • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of international fisheries subsidies;
    • Analyze policy opportunities that have relevance for campaign efforts;
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.


    • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in public policy, international relations, or environmental science or equivalent experience.
    • A minimum of 4 years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a particular focus on or familiarity with international ocean policy, fisheries, or trade preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize materials and focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate. Ability to communicate complex ideas for a general audience, with strong public speaking skills and an ability to persuasively engage individuals or groups in dialogue that results in a desire to take action.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, grantees, and others who contribute to the effectiveness of the project. Excellent listening skills.
    • Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Must possess the capacity to work independently, be a self-starter, and carry out project work independently of others as needed. Ability to think proactively, take initiative, and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
    • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to balance multiple priorities, remain attentive to details, organize time, and work autonomously on discrete projects.
    • Experience with media and other communication strategies to deliver policy recommendations and/or scientific findings to policy makers and the public.
    • Demonstrates a strong collaborative spirit. Ability to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and may be in competition with one another.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be flexible, creative, and consistent. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.


    Domestic and international travel required at least 25% of time.


    Compensation and Benefits
    As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and 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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