Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (Cross Cutting Project Support)

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(12/22/2020 7:04 PM)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts


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 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, DC, 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 philanthropic 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 investments 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 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 200 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 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. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for current and 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, and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goals include reversing the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat and conditions on which they depend. 
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (“Ocean Legacy”) is a project of Pew which works to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine ecosystems through the establishment of very large, highly protected marine reserves.
In 2006, the Pew Charitable Trusts and several partners launched the Global Ocean Legacy project in an effort to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks. In 2017, Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation joined forces to form a new partnership, The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, with the goal of establishing the world’s first generation of great ocean parks. Between them, they have helped to obtain designations to safeguard over 8 million square kilometers (3 million square miles) of ocean by working with philanthropic partners, indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, and scientists. Recognizing that new science indicates we need to protect 30 percent of our oceans, Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation created a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected marine reserves from nine to 15 by 2022.
Position Overview
The senior associate provides high-level project support for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy campaign to achieve the program’s objectives focused on large scale marine protected areas around the world. The position works closely with project team members in Washington, D.C., London, U.K, and other locations, as well as Pew staff from environment, institutional partnerships, communications, finance, and other departments. The position also engages with external entities, including funders, scientists, international government officials, non-governmental organizations, local populations and Project ambassadors.
The senior associate is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office and reports to the associate manager, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy. The 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.


  • Assist the project’s management, including the project director, in managing and coordinating the project’s cross-cutting activities and liaising with other Pew environment and operations staff to ensure completion of project deliverables.
  • In partnership with associate manager, craft and implement the Project’s campaign strategy for the U.S.’s Pacific Marine National Monuments and ensure close coordination and cooperation with other project sites and external partner organizations.
  • Assist project leadership in stewarding funder relationship(s). This includes working quickly and responsively to prepare briefing materials, draft correspondence, and review initial drafts of funder reports.
  • Develop outreach materials for internal and external stakeholders and the public, including preparing policy statements, background briefings, correspondence, communications materials and talking points as needed in a timely fashion.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key operational departments including finance, communications, research support, and institutional partnerships. Participate in key meetings within the project and across the institution. Directly delegate and manage action items.
  • As needed, carry out special projects at the project and department level, including in support of the marine habitat portfolio, such as helping to assess the viability of new campaign activities and increasing efficiencies and communications across the project.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, stakeholders, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant nongovernmental organizations in the field.
  • Represent the project at meetings and events where marine protected area policies will be discussed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, advance degree preferred.
  • At least four years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, preferably in natural resource or public policy work. Specific expertise in related conservation issues and direct experience working at a federal or international level are 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.
  • Able to set and achieve short and long-term policy goals in line with program strategy. 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 existing and new projects forward with a degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills, including the ability to synthesize complex information into succinct points. Experience in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with decision makers, scientific advisors, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, scientists, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.  
  • Able to work independently with strong business judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.  
The position will require occasional international travel for meetings and conferences.
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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