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Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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Sectors   CSR & Sustainability
Location   District of Columbia
Town/City   Washington
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   16/10/2020
Company Name   The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Telephone   (888)575-9675 x376
Website   Further Details / Applications
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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, 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 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.
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 works in partnership with project leadership to develop and implement campaign strategies to achieve the program's objectives focused on large scale marine protected areas throughout the world. The senior associate works closely with project team members in Washington, D.C.; Tahiti, French Polynesia; Noumea, New Caledonia, and other locations, as well as with Pew staff from conservation science, government relations, communications, finance, and other departments. The position also engages with external entities, including scientists, non-governmental organizations, and local populations.
The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, D.C. office, and reports to the manager, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy with interim reporting to the senior 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.


  • In partnership with the manager and project leadership, create and implement the project's French campaign strategies, and ensure close coordination and cooperation with other project sites to ensure goals are aligned across the project.
  • Collect and synthesize critical information from project and program leadership, as well as the project's partner organization, to develop and refine goals and strategies for French campaigns in coordination with project leadership and internal stakeholders such as government relations and communications.
  • Work quickly and responsively to advise project staff, partners and consultants on strategic direction, communicating in multiple languages and with a strong focus on the cultural sensitives of island communities.
  • Partner and collaborate with Pew operations staff including communications, conservation science, government relations, finance, including contract and procurement services (CAPS), as well as overlapping programs from other departments to ensure project goals are maintained and project field staff are well supported and keyed into team and organizational developments.
  • Assist in the development and execution of clear and focused strategies for project engagement at international meetings and conferences and with key external partners. Represent the project at meetings and events where marine protected area policies will be discussed.
  • As needed, create and provide feedback on project materials for internal and external audiences for various active campaign sites, including background and outreach materials for public, policy makers, and media; campaign policy documents; and internal and funder reports. Ensure that communications and outreach are relevant to the French and island communities audiences and in support of the project's overall goals.
  • Monitor, analyze and influence new scientific papers, press coverage, regional management recommendations and government policies related to marine protected areas in both French and English.
  • As needed, contribute to and participate in the tasks of the marine habitat sub-portfolio and environment portfolio as assigned, as well as broad Pew projects and activities.


  • Bachelor's degree 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 science and public policy work. Specific expertise in related conservation issues and direct campaign experience 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.
  • Strong strategic mindset and critical thinking skills. Ability to set, execute and achieve short and long-term policy direction and goals in line with broader project strategy. Effective analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
  • Ability to communicate with decision makers, scientific advisors, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with external partners such as consultants and scientists, and internal stakeholders such as government relations and communications, in the development and achievement of desired project 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.
  • 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.
  • Able to work independently with strong business judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it, to translate complex scientific information into simpler communications that can influence decision makers and the public. Experience in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Strong competency in French language desirable.
Occasional international travel for meetings and conferences 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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