Senior Associate, International Conservation Unit

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 6 months ago(3/16/2021 5:12 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 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 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. 
International Conservation Unit
The international conservation unit (ICU) works across Pew’s environment 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 team, which currently works to protect and better manage natural ecosystems such as lands, rivers, and the ocean, both in the United States and abroad.  Current projects focus on: establishing and improving marine protected areas; protecting ocean life on the high seas and in the deep sea; improving fisheries management; preventing ocean plastics; and protecting coastal wetlands, rivers, and terrestrial habitats such as Canada’s Boreal forest, U.S. public lands, Chilean Patagonia, and the Australian Outback. 
Position Overview
The senior associate, international conservation unit is responsible for facilitating internal and external coordination across the Environment portfolio particularly regarding Pew’s engagement in major international meetings; assisting in development of cross-campaign policy positions and strategies; working with individual project teams to advance their deliverables; developing and managing contracts; and, as needed, supporting the exploration of new work. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of the environmental conservation and policy field, good judgment, an ability to multi-task, and strong written and verbal communication skills.  The position works closely with staff across the Environment portfolio and other Pew departments. This position is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, and reports to the project director, international conservation unit.


  • With the ICU team and relevant campaign staff, develop and implement strategies to secure agreed outcomes from international fora.
  • Develop timelines and operational plans for Pew’s engagement in major international meetings, whether in person or virtual, so as to achieve agreed goals and targets. Organize and facilitate internal planning meetings; assist with meeting logistics, including supporting travel and/or virtual participation; and ensure compliance with Pew policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development of policy briefs, coordinated messaging, and other outreach materials.
  • Participate in Pew delegations to relevant international meetings as necessary.
  • Represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, and meetings.
  • Develop and maintain mechanisms to improve internal coordination within the Environment portfolio and work with relevant Project Directors to advance individual project goals.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with key government and non-governmental representatives.
  • Participate, as needed, in internal coordination, research, and analysis to develop new lines of work.
  • 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 or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum of four years of applicable experience.
  • Knowledge of relevant conservation issues, trends, and approaches. 
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines with minimal supervision. 
  • Able to work independently with a high degree of autonomy, as well as in a team setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to collate and synthesize and large amounts of information, identifying key findings and issues for project leaders.  
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with colleagues and partners from diverse backgrounds who may have disparate or conflicting goals or approaches.  
  • Able to achieve results in a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chain of command hierarchies. 
  • Demonstrated business judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters.
  • Flexible, resourceful, results-oriented, and assumes high accountability for all areas of responsibility. 
Minimal travel expected for this position. 
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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