Community Organizing Principal Associate

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The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington state, WA

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Published 23 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 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.

Conserving Marine Life in the United States
Pew's conserving marine life in the United States (CMLUS) program focuses on protecting essential habitats found in coastal waters like oyster reefs, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, and salt marsh that provide nursery areas, food and refuge for a diversity of marine wildlife. This work includes working with communities and partners to advance management measures at the state and federal levels that conserve and restore economically and ecologically valuable coastal habitats. Additionally, the program promotes an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management that takes into account the interdependent nature of ocean life. This work includes advancing measures that protect forage fish that feed dependent marine life, protect ocean habitat such as deep-sea corals, reduce the incidental capture and killing of non-target species (known as bycatch), and integrate the use of comprehensive ecosystem plans into fisheries conservation and management.

Position Overview
The principal associate, conserving marine life in the U.S. designs, develops, and implements outreach and organizing plans, conducts research, and manages consultant relationships in support of the program's objectives in the West Coast, with a specific focus on Washington. The principal associate works closely with project team members, as well as with staff from conservation science, communications, government relations, and other Pew departments. The position also engages with external organizations, including scientists, non-governmental organizations and industry representatives in building and demonstrating broad public support for Pew's work.

The position is based remotely in Washington state, and reports to the associate manager, conserving marine life in the U.S. who is based in Portland OR.


  • Lead the design, development and collaborative implementation of outreach strategies and plans to achieve the program's fisheries management and habitat protection campaigns in Washington.
  • In partnership with the project director, associate manager, and regional policy team, develop and lead efforts to build and mobilize an influential constituency to support the advancement of Pew's policy objectives at the state and regional level.
  • In partnership with the regional policy team, solidify and expand stakeholder coalitions in support of specific campaign objectives.
  • Assist in the development of communications materials, such as fact sheets, action alerts, web features, and blogposts, to ensure factual accuracy and relevance for targeted audiences. Write about and clearly explain complex subjects to lay audience; work closely with the communications department.
  • Monitor and track the program's outreach performance, analyzing trends and outcomes, providing recommendations to program leadership, and leading efforts to make changes and improve performance.
  • Monitor relevant political developments that may impact program initiatives. Provide regular updates and information to the CMLUS Pacific team.
  • In partnership with the associate manager and project director, set goals and objectives, priorities, timelines, and tactics for the program.
  • Identify, plan and implement local events and outreach trips within Washington and across the West Coast, working with local stakeholders, partnership organizations, and businesses.
  • Represent Pew in front of local stakeholder groups and at events such as trade shows and conferences.
  • Uphold a commitment to the mission and values of Pew; to serve, support, and join Pew staff in exploring and identifying pathways in the areas of inclusion and diversity to create and maintain a workplace where people feel accepted and heard.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned by the associate manager and project director.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; graduate degree in public affairs, public policy, law, or environmental science or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • At least six years of applicable experience, preferably in community organizing. Specific expertise in fisheries and coastal habitat conservation issues and direct experience advocating at the state and/or federal level are preferred.
  • Experience with or working knowledge of Tribes and Indigenous communities in the region is highly preferred.
  • Experience working with low-income communities, communities of color, or other communities that large non-governmental organizations have failed to previously engage is highly 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.
  • Experience planning and managing campaigns focused on building public awareness and support for the purpose of legislative or administrative policy change.
  • Familiarity with relevant state natural resource policies and agencies in Washington, particularly those related to coastal habitat.
  • Proven campaign skills such as power mapping, stakeholder engagement methods, and building support amongst non-traditional stakeholders.
  • Must be able to communicate complex issues in a manner that is understandable to general public and key decision-makers, with experience writing issue articles, action alerts, and blog posts, and a strong understanding of employing social media to achieve campaign objectives. Confident in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with funded consultants, partners, and a broad array of allies and organizations who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • In partnership with and under the guidance of leadership, ability to develop and move existing and new projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Mastery of setting and achieving short and long-term organizing goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
  • Effective at working independently with excellent business judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and transparent with colleagues and partners.

Significant regional travel, up to 40% of the individual's time, anticipated, including attendance at meetings and events.

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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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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