• Officer, Flood-Prepared Communities

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/27/2018 2:59 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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    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 more than 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 nearly 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 economy 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.


    Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative
    Pew's flood-prepared communities initiative, which is part of the environment portfolio, is working to reduce the impact of weather-related catastrophes such as flood and hurricanes on the U.S. economy, communities and environment through four main policy areas:

    • Reforming of the National Flood Insurance Program
    • Increased federal investment in mitigation programs to help communities prepare for future floods
    • Improved resiliency and durability requirements for infrastructure that is rebuilt after catastrophes
    • Protecting ecosystems such as wetlands, salt marshes, and dunes that can absorb storm impacts and help shield property

    To date, the initiative has focused on federal policymaking. In 2019, the initiative will expand by launching three state-level policy campaigns in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia.


    Position Overview
    Pew is seeking to hire an officer to lead efforts in New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia to advance mitigation and nature-based policy solutions at the state-level to reduce the risk and cost of flooding. The officer will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC office and report to the project director, flood-prepared communities initiative.


    The officer is responsible for managing state campaigns with the goal of advancing legislative and regulatory policy solutions such as new incentives for flood mitigation, floodplain acquisition to expand green space, coastal erosion setbacks, or adoption of natural infrastructure that absorbs stormwater. The position will be responsible for developing state strategies, hiring and managing in-state consultants, executing tactics and directing operations aspects such as budget and contracts. The officer will work in close collaboration with Pew colleagues in program and operations units, as well as external federal and state consultants. As this is a brand new component of the campaign, the position will evolve over time based on the direction of each state strategy.


    These campaigns will contribute to Pew’s goal of investing in pre-disaster mitigation as a strategy to reduce flooding impacts and the burden of responding to and recovering from these impacts. This 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.



    Under the supervision of the project director, the officer will:


    Develop campaign strategies and coordinate implementation

    • Oversee the initiative’s new line of state-level work by identifying and setting measurable short- and intermediate-term goals, developing work plans and timelines, reviewing developed work products, and tracking progress toward goals.
    • Work with the project director to identify key policy issues and development of research, advocacy and communication strategies to advance the project’s goals.
    • Sustain an informed awareness of topics related to flood mitigation and nature-based policy solutions, including maintaining a thorough understanding of national, state and local initiatives related to the issue.
    • Determine when the project is at risk of not meeting its long-term goals by identifying the causes and, when needed, working with the project director to resolve challenges.
    • Monitor and coordinate internal capacity for implementing strategic state policy goals.
    • Coordinate, identify, and vet consultants and firms and ensure that negotiations of contracts are cost-effective and achieve program objectives. Manage the use of consultants and third-party vendors in support of state activities.
    • Oversee and manage state budgets.

    Collaborate with Pew project teams and lead communication and stakeholder activities to advance strategies

    • Collaborate with communications, government relations, legal affairs, and operations to manage the campaign’s presence in the three selected states including, but not limited to, assisting with lobbying and ethics compliance, developing strategic partnerships, and coordinating activities between projects across Pew.
    • Represent the project and lead meetings with officials and key stakeholders from the disaster resilience, business, environmental, emergency management, and research communities.
    • Support efforts to develop and maintain partnerships with external partners ranging from national organizations to influential state entities. This includes coordinating with government relations and other operations units.
    • Collaborate with internal communications to develop and implement outreach plans including the drafting of selected press releases, op-eds, memos and speeches.



    • Bachelor’s degree is required, advance degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
    • At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience in the public policy arena, particularly working with state policy or political campaigns. A working knowledge of flood mitigation and nature-based policy solutions is desirable.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving.
    • Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of state public policy systems and networks.
    • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with diverse partners to advance pragmatic solutions.
    • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.

    An average of two or three trips per month to perform work in states.


    Total Rewards
    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 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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