• Senior Associate, Field Operations

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/31/2018 6:57 PM)
    Job ID
    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.


    Field Operations
    Field operations (field) advances public policy solutions for environment-Americas campaigns by engaging federal policymakers and stakeholders in their home states through education, mobilization, media coverage, and government outreach. Field staff and contractors (organizers) organize and execute field activities under the supervision of Washington, D.C., field staff. In all efforts, field works closely with program, government relations, communications, and other Pew staff to tailor state-specific strategies for their respective campaigns.
    • Education: Field uses the best-available science to educate the public and policy makers about the scope and severity of major environmental problems. Organizers advance local understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental threats through fact-based presentations, round-tables and other forums. DC-based field staff collaborate with organizers and program staff to engage leading experts, synthesize research, and localize information for educational outreach.
    • Organizing: Field recruits and mobilizes diverse stakeholders, such as community leaders, businesses, institutions, and grassroots supporters, by building coalitions and public support for campaigns’ policy objectives. Organizers involve stakeholders in policy discussions through local activities and educational events, sign-on letters, scrapbooks, and videos. DC-based field staff work with organizers and program staff to identify optimal organizing strategies for each campaign.
    • Communications: Field informs the public and policy makers about environment group campaigns by increasing media coverage of campaigns’ policy goals. Operatives organize press conferences; inform editorial boards; find appropriate third-party spokespeople to appear on television and radio news programs and author opinion editorials; and assist supporters and coalition partners in their media outreach and strategic messaging. DC-based field staff collaborate with organizers, communications, and program staff to develop materials for diverse media outlets.
    • Government Relations: Field engages policymakers on environment campaigns’ policy objectives by coordinating public outreach to government officials both in-state and on Capitol Hill. Organizers facilitate public interaction with government officials through public and private events tailored to the local political landscape. DC staff work with organizers, government relations and program staff to coordinate all federal, state and local government outreach efforts.


    Position Overview
    The senior associate, field operations, is part of the field services unit based in Washington, D.C. The team fills short-term gaps that emerge when campaigns require field resources to complement existing efforts and assists in developing and implementing targeted legislative and communications field strategies such as organizing, generating media coverage, and managing government relations. The senior associate will engage in tactical strategy development and campaign design as it relates to field operations as well as coordinate with other programmatic and operations units at Pew. This position reports to the project director, field operations.


    • Supervise and support five-to-eight full-time contract organizers to manage field needs. Develop and supervise the implementation of organizers’ work plans, consistent with public policy objectives, and adapt them to specific circumstances. Coordinate organizers’ activities with other Pew staff and partners. Maintain the highest professional standards in achieving public policy objectives.
    • Coordinate field operations for one or more specific policy or campaign objectives. Work with the policy teams, government relations, communications, and other staff to develop strategies and work plans for all field organizers involved in the policy initiative and keep staff apprised of the field operation’s activities. Troubleshoot and modify strategies and work plans as needed. Assist in identifying and recruiting additional field organizers, campaign specialists and partner groups.
    • Help oversee and mentor field operations contractors.
    • Work with the project director to develop campaign strategy, government relations targets and budgets for field contracts.
    • Work with the project director to expand and adjust strategic field operations as necessary.
    • Create or modify materials including fact sheets, legislative correspondence, action alerts, op-eds, press releases, presentations, and talking points. Conduct research necessary to produce materials. With field services team, develop “campaign field guide” on best practices for outreach, and agenda for tactical training programs.
    • Consult with international campaigns on the potential development and management of field operations outside of the U.S.



    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
    • A minimum of four years of related professional experience with significant experience in at least two of the following areas required: project management, public policy advocacy, organizing, generating media coverage, and engaging policy makers.
    • Experience successfully managing consultants and mentoring colleagues and staff required.
    • Experience working on political campaigns or advocacy campaigns working to pass legislation through Congress required.
    • Experience generating earned media a plus.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including communicating complex ideas for a general audience.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and others.
    • A detail-oriented style with a focus on results. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Available outside normal business hours when essential to organizational priorities.
    • Effective use of basic Microsoft Office Suite software.


    Occasional travel required for conferences and meetings.


    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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