Director, Outback to Oceans and Head of Australia Offices

Location AU-Brisbane or Perth
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/11/2020 3:36 PM)
Job ID
2020-6304
Department
Program-Environment
Company
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 hometown 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 25 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
The director, Outback to oceans and head of Australia offices is responsible for the oversight and delivery of the program’s board approved objectives, as well as management of Pew staff, program-related contractors, financial planning and reporting. The director builds and deepens relationships with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, conservation organizations, industry, aboriginal groups, land holders, and government officials. The position performs outreach and public communication efforts to support conservation. The director works with portfolio leadership to assess program progress and design new initiatives that produce measurable and meaningful results.

 

The director reports to the senior director, lands conservation, with interim reporting to the vice president, environment, both located in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office. The position could be located in either Pew’s Brisbane or Perth office.

Responsibilities

  • Provide programmatic and management oversight for Pew’s Outback to oceans Australia program. Design and implement successful campaigns that produce measurable and meaningful results for program and portfolio objectives. Assure achievement of program deliverables for marine and terrestrial work. Lead, manage and work with staff, contractors, and partner organizations to obtain the program’s objectives.
  • Secure and advance a significant public profile for the program. Work with consultants, partner organizations, and Pew communications staff to ensure that communications and outreach are essential components of the program and are used for advancing Outback to oceans Australia’s overall goals.
  • Respond to public inquiries about the program’s work by representing the program publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums and responding to press inquiries.
  • Lead development of Australian relationships and assist in the development of global relationships that or of value to Pew’s work, including fundraising and engagement with other environment organisations and industry.
  • Supervise projects directors and other key staff across Australia to ensure that the delivery of critical program objectives and milestones are reached.
    • Provide strong leadership, management, and oversight to staff;
    • Give strategic guidance to project directors and other program leadership on the design and implementation of successful campaigns;
    • Set measurable goals, targets, and activity milestones; evaluate individual and team achievements against them;
    • Continually review team structure to ensure it is in alignment with program goals;
    • Build and maintain a culture of excellence and accountability; and
    • Foster team cohesion and productivity; provide opportunities for skill-building and professional development when needed.
  • Monitor and report on the progress of ongoing program implementation and prepare regular oral and written reports on areas of responsibility.
  • Collaborate with Pew staff and program partners to provide regular updates on program advancements or issues.
  • Working in collaboration with senior environment leadership, ensure coordination with Pew’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. This includes: cultivating strong relationships with other environment directors and members of leadership; identifying and providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration with other programs; and participating in strategic discussions regarding the development and delivery of Pew’s broader international conservation objectives.
  • In coordination with finance department, oversee budget and finances for the program. Work closely with the vice president, environment and other program staff to manage the Outback to oceans Australia program budget,establish reporting and payment schedules, and maintain excellent fiscal management performance.
  • As head of the Australia offices, lead outreach to operations units, other portfolio leadership, and program coordination and services to ensure Australia-based staff needs related to workplace services, including organizational continuity management and real estate, and IT are met.
  • As head of the Australia offices, collaborate with leadership of other environment projects and operations units with staff present within the country.
  • Advise and partner with project leaders considering and enacting plans to expand work into and hire staff within Australia.
  • Determine when goals are at risk of not being met, identify the causes and, when needed, take appropriate steps to fix any problems in ways that keep each program on course.
  • Ensure compliance with Pew policies and practices.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 12 years of applicable experience in the state and national level conservation advocacy. This includes designing and implementing campaigns and large initiatives aimed at solving conservation needs. Expertise in wilderness protection, biodiversity conservation and management, environmental advocacy and terrestrial and marine protection in Australia.
  • Minimum of five plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with consultants, colleagues, subordinates staff 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 programs that produce measurable results. Able to inspire and effectively coach staff and contractors.
  • Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Ability to analyse budgetary information and assess organizational capacity. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines on multiple programs by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move programs forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • 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.
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs. 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 subordinate staff, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a program 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 frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. Should have a track record of effectively identifying potential partners, cultivating relationships and generating interest and support for a cause,
  • 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. Excellent knowledge of the current trends, principal theories, leading thinkers and major concerns within environmental subject domains.

 

Travel
Travel is required periodically throughout Australia and to The Pew Charitable Trusts 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 12 June 2020.

 

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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