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:
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.
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
Collaborate with Pew project teams and lead communication and stakeholder activities to advance strategies
An average of two or three trips per month to perform work in states.
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.