• Officer, Outback to Oceans Australia (Campaigner)

    Location AU-QLD-Brisbane
    Posted Date 1 week ago(11/6/2019 9:19 AM)
    Job ID
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.


    Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.


    The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
    For more than twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in engaging 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 more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural 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 wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Safeguarding these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable 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. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems.


    Outback to Oceans Australia
    Australia is one of only five areas of the world with very large remaining wilderness areas, but much of the Outback faces emerging threats from lack of active land management and poorly controlled industrial activity. Since 2007, the Outback to oceans program has worked to secure the long-term protection of some of the world’s most spectacular natural areas on both land and sea. Pew in general, and the Australian team in particular, has a focus on achieving huge, measurable conservation outcomes. In its 12 years of operation, the Outback to oceans program has led or co-led the creation of Australia’s first network of federal marine parks, the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, obtained Australia’s largest single commitment to new national parks in Western Australia, driven the delivery of over $1 billion in funding for Indigenous land management, opened up Western Australia’s pastoral zone to carbon farming, and obtained numerous smaller on-ground outcomes. The Australian team is highly motivated and cohesive, and has built a powerful network of influence both federally, and in all the Outback states.


    Position Overview
    Queensland is the most biologically diverse state in Australia. Over the past three years, Pew scaled up its work in Queensland, with a focus on (a) securing funding commitments to support large scale conservation land management and protected areas; and (b) securing durable protection for the internationally important rivers and floodplains of Queensland’s Channel Country. The officer leads the program’s campaign work in Queensland.

    The officer will develop strategy and manage campaigns in Queensland; build relationships as needed with a broad cross section of stakeholders, conservation organizations, industry, Indigenous organisations, land holders, and government officials; lead outreach and public communication efforts to support conservation; hire and manage campaign-related contractors; and, prepare financial plans and reports.

    This position reports to the project director, Outback to oceans Australia, and is located in Pew’s Brisbane office.


    • Plan, lead and win Pew’s campaign work in Queensland to obtain durable, major outcomes in Outback Queensland.
    • Lead the campaign for river and floodplain protection in the Channel Country.
    • Lead the campaign to secure greatly increased Queensland Government investment in Indigenous rangers, private protected areas and national parks.
    • Manage a state campaign team with expertise in communications, community outreach, and stakeholder engagement.
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of decision makers and other stakeholders in Queensland.
    • Contribute to the development and delivery of national work in the Outback.


    • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.
    • At least eight years of applicable experience, including in advocacy at state or national level. Highly desirable is experience in designing, implementing and winning campaigns aimed at solving conservation issues.
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
    • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with consultants, colleagues, and partners. Able to deliver results in 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.
    • Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Ability to analyze budgetary information and assess organizational capacity. A task-oriented style, with 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.
    • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs.
    • Experience at using digital media for advocacy purposes. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Strong understanding of how to manage by influencing others and the ability to read nuances of meaning accurately.
    • Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that may disagree with or be in competition with one another.
    • Possesses a strong network of relevant contacts that can provide expert information and advance results. Able to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes.
    • A strong connection with the conservation communities is highly desirable. Knowledge of the current trends, principal theories, leading thinkers and major concerns within environmental subject domains.

    Travel is required periodically throughout Australia, and occasionally to Pew’s office in Washington, D.C.


    Total Rewards
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.


    Application Process

    Please click the application link/button and follow the instructions to send a CV and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources.

    Applications to close on 29 November 2019.


    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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