• Senior Officer, Business Partnerships and Conservation Finance, International Conservation Unit

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/19/2018 2:23 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 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.


    International Conservation Unit
    The International Conservation Unit (ICU) works across Pew’s environment international portfolio to ensure development of robust policy positions and strategy, provide specialized expertise, assist in developing and launching of new bodies of work, and provide for internal and external coordination, including coordinating Pew efforts around major international meetings.


    The ICU is an integral part of the broader environment international team, which currently focuses on establishing marine protected areas, improving sustainability of international fisheries, ending illegal fishing, regulating seabed mining and preventing ocean plastics.


    Position Overview
    Senior officer, business partnerships and conservation finance, International Conservation Unit will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships with the business community, providing expertise on conservation financing and developing strategies designed to leverage markets-based approaches to conservation. Working closely with other members of the team, the senior officer will assist in integrating market-based approaches and innovative financing mechanisms into existing projects and help to develop new projects with these components. The senior officer will also develop partnerships and collaborative relationships with the business community to enhance Pew’s international conservation efforts. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the director, International Conservation Policy.


    The senior officer, business partnerships and conservation finance, International Conservation Unit will:

    • Develop a cohesive and targeted strategic approach to working with the business community to advance new and existing conservation initiatives, with a particular focus on Pew’s preventing ocean plastics project.
    • Develop partnerships and collaborative relationships with the business and finance communities, decision makers, government officials, and national and international institutions, as well as relevant nonprofits in the field.
    • Provide expertise on conservation financing opportunities, including those related to blue carbon, to inform new and existing projects.
    • Work with Pew project staff, government entities and other partners to develop financing plans and secure related funding.
    • Organize and host strategy sessions with scientists, nonprofits, and other stakeholders, as needed.
    • Represent The Pew Charitable Trusts at meetings and events.
    • 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, advance degree preferred.
    • At least 10 years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience. Prior experience in the business, corporate social responsibility, conservation financing and/or international conservation arena is strongly preferred.
    • 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 analytical and strategic thinking.
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
    • A task-oriented style, with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
    • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios that satisfy multiple agendas among multiple stakeholders.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including summarizing the essence of issues and the means to address them. Clear, effective writing style and strong presentation and facilitation skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
    • Exhibits diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of individuals and international institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
    • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
    • Able to adapt to a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chain of command hierarchies. Successful experience in leveraging ideas and creating projects that produce measurable results.

    International travel will be required.


    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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