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 senior associate is responsible for the development and implementation of program strategies and outreach in support of Pew's coastal and marine habitat conservation along the West Coast, with an emphasis on California, and providing support to Oregon. The position develops and implements strategies to build strong relationships with regional and state policymakers, (including engaging policymakers and their staff directly) and Tribes, leading coalition efforts and coordinating and synthesizing input from Tribes and stakeholders, recruiting volunteers and partner groups, assisting in generating positive media coverage, and developing program materials. The senior associate coordinates with Pew staff throughout the institution to develop, oversee, and execute outreach and program strategies.
The senior associate is located in a home office in California, and reports to the associate manager, conserving marine life in the U.S. 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.Responsibilities
- Work with the project director, outreach associate manager, outreach principal associate and regional policy team and partners/contractors to collaboratively advance Pew's current policy objectives at the state and regional level while also listening to, reflecting on, and beginning integration of sovereign and stakeholder feedback toward new objectives
- Work with regional policy team and partners/contractors to solidify and expand informal and more formal coalitions of allies.
- Assist the communications team in writing campaign materials such as fact sheets, action alerts, web features, and blogposts.
- Track the program's outreach performance, and then provide recommendations and lead efforts to make any necessary changes to improve performance.
- Monitor and inform the CMLUS Pacific team of political developments that may have an impact on program initiatives.
- Work closely with the associate manager to set goals and objectives, priorities, timelines, and tactics for the program.
- Organize local events and outreach trips across the West Coast, working with local people, partner organizations, and businesses.
- Other projects and duties as assigned by the associate manager.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
- At least four years of applicable experience.
- 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.
- Community organizing experience in marine or coastal conservation and relevant relationships preferred.
- Experience with or working knowledge of Tribes and Indigenous communities in the region strongly preferred.
- Experience working with communities who have been unrepresented in environmental planning is desired.
- Demonstrated ability to grasp scientific, technical or policy-heavy concepts and convey them to multiple audiences is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills. Able to work productively and communicate effectively with a wide array of people and institutions.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively; flexible and able to juggle multiple competing priorities.
It is anticipated that the position will require 30-50% travel within the U.S. Most travel will be to coastal communities in California and Oregon, and to Pew's Portland and Washington, D.C. offices. 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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