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Senior Officer, Pew - Conservation International Ocean Alliance (Campaign Strategies/Marine Protected Areas)

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The Pew Charitable Trusts | Washington, DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Published 26 days ago


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, 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 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-Conservation International Ocean Alliance
The International Union for Conservation of Nature recommends that countries strongly protect 30% of every habitat by 2030. As of May 2019, 4.8 percent of the world's ocean is safeguarded through some form of marine protected area, or MPA, designation. The rate of protection needs to accelerate in the coming years to ensure a healthy, resilient ocean, safeguard biodiversity, and conserve critical ecosystems. In addition to the designation of new and expanded areas, it is important that existing protected areas have sufficient controls in place to ensure that the desired conservation outcomes are being achieved. This entails strengthening the management of existing reserves and upgrading their protections where needed. Pew seeks to expand these safeguards in part through a proposed partnership to expand and improve ocean conservation efforts. Pew and other prominent conservation organizations and funders will form an alliance to conserve and improve management of the global ocean in new MPAs, upgraded protections, and improved management of existing MPAs.

Position Overview
The senior officer, Pew-Conservation International ocean alliance, in partnership with the director and project director, serves as one of the lead representatives from Pew for the Alliance. They are responsible for helping to lead strategy and campaign development and represent the project's varied interests and objectives at high-level conferences and meetings involving government officials and other key stakeholders in the conservation policy arena. The senior officer collaborates with project leadership to scope, develop, and successfully implement campaigns and site engagements for the alliance. The senior officer works closely with project team members in Washington, D.C. and around the world, as well as with staff from conservation science, government relations, communications and other Pew departments.

This position requires expertise in marine conservation and environmental policy, including demonstrated leadership in both public and private sector organizations focused on marine protected areas.

The senior officer, based in Pew's Washington, D.C. office, reports to the project director, Pew-Conservation International ocean alliance. 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.


  • Serve as one of the lead strategists for campaign and advocacy-related site engagements.
  • Together with project director, director, and leadership at Conservation International, work with alliance staff to scope opportunities and develop engagement frameworks in-country; recommend investments to project director and CI leadership.
  • Represent the project at critical conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant policy makers and government officials to support the designation of marine reserve efforts.
  • Facilitate the campaign's involvement in public policy developments and ensure efficient advocacy in international and national conservation policy arenas, such as Convention on Biological Diversity, World
  • Conservation Congress, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
  • Help to develop and oversee monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Provide guidance and direction to alliance staff on campaign and science communications.
  • Support the director and project director in establishing and cultivating strategic alliances and launching joint initiatives with international organizations, foundations, other non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and other institutions.
  • Prepare and execute effective campaign plans for the designation of a large protected reserves, identifying the most tractable project sites, setting highly measurable intermediate goals and targets; developing timelines; assessing the strengths and weaknesses of campaign plans; determining when the projects are at risk of not meeting their goals, identifying the causes and, when needed, taking appropriate steps to fix the problem in ways that keep projects on course.
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of implementation of specific campaigns and ensuring close coordination and cooperation with other project sites to ensure goals are aligned across the project.
  • Secure a significant public profile for the project. In collaboration with communications colleagues, ensure that communication strategies and outreach are essential components of the campaigns and are used to advance the project's overall goals. Respond to public inquiries about the work by representing the campaign publicly at conferences and official forums and responding to press inquiries regarding the project.
  • Contract with experts as necessary to advance the campaign goals. Identify and contract with scientists, economists, polling firms, communications and other technical specialists as necessary to provide information and prepare reports, brochures or other documents as required to advance the campaign goals.
  • Devise and execute dissemination strategies for campaign policy documents, such as journal submissions, policy briefings, conferences and hearings.
  • Report on project progress. Prepare oral and written reports to meet grant deadlines, demonstrate progress to supporting institutions and provide information to department staff and others as necessary.
  • Ensure that all campaign work is consistent with Pew policies and guidelines.


  • Bachelor's degree in public policy, law, political science, social science; marine biology or relevant field. Advanced degree in environmental science, international public policy or equivalent experience in public policy or environmental management preferred.
  • At least 10 years of applicable professional experience, in project or program management, in government or public policy, with a particular familiarity and experience with conservation policy. This includes implementing programs and initiatives on national or regional scale.
  • Exemplary diplomacy skills. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions with a range of interests and perspectives that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another to further campaign objectives.
  • Excellent political, strategic and analytical abilities with proven program management skills to develop, execute and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to manage change and identify and implement alternative means to achieving established goals.
  • 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.
  • Experience in commissioning and leading policy-relevant research projects, managing research teams and disseminating research findings to policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Able to set and accomplish short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Ability to achieve clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Acute political awareness and understanding of issues from a non-partisan perspective.
  • Ability to be flexible, creative, consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Strong oral and written advocacy skills such that complex ideas and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to motivate and mobilize others, develop and manage productive relationships with consultants and partners. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear with colleagues and partners.

Frequent international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.

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.



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…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

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Washington, DC

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