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 250 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 wilderness 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 unspoiled 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 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. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.
Coastal habitats, including the reefs, mangroves, marshes, and seagrasses found along shorelines worldwide, are among the most important parts of the larger ocean ecosystem that must function cohesively to ensure the ocean's health. While relatively small in area, these habitats are large in terms of ecosystem importance, forming a critical interface between the land and sea. Over the next two years, countries will have an opportunity to revise their nationally determined contribution (NDC) in preparation for the first formal assessment of progress under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2020. Pew would take advantage of this deadline to engage three countries in identifying and integrating coastal habitat into their NDCs in a manner that is specific, measurable, and provides a high level of protection. Further, we would work with at least one developing country to develop a financing plan to secure external funding needed to implement the coastal habitat portion of their NDC. It is our intention that in the future the resulting NDCs and financing plan could serve as examples for other countries, particularly those developing countries that may need international funding assistance for their coastal habitat protections.
The officer, coastal wetlands and coral reefs is responsible for the development and analysis of policy measures that will substantially protect coastal wetlands and coral reefs, as well as related outreach and scientific efforts.
This position, based in Washington, D.C., and will report to the manager, coastal wetlands and coral reefs. 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.
- Help design and implement effective strategies that will result in protection of coastal habitats through NDCs.
- Provide expertise on coastal habitat protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Follow and influence the integration of coastal habitat protection into target countries' NDCs in the lead up to the first formal assessment of progress in 2020 to ensure that effective measures to protect coastal wetlands and coral reefs are included.
- Develop policy briefs, materials, and advice for the campaign. Review and provide comments on draft policy proposals, regulations, and white papers to internal and external audiences as needed in a timely fashion.
- Work in close collaboration with other allies and organizations in order to maximize the impact of campaign strategies.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant NGOs in the field.
- Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of coastal wetlands and coral reefs conservation.
- Represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, ad official forums. Participate in or lead Pew delegations to relevant intergovernmental meetings as necessary.
- Assist in implementing a strategy to increase public awareness and support for protecting coastal wetlands and coral reefs; ensure that communication and outreach is an essential component of the program in key target areas.
- Identify lessons learned and opportunities for expanding the scope of the project beyond three initial target countries.
- Bachelor's degree required, advance degree in public policy, international relations, or environmental science or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
- At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, preferably in the international conservation arena. This includes working in programs and initiatives on a global scale.
- Expertise in coastal habitat protection and/or climate change adaptation and mitigation strongly preferred.
- 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 synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify the means to address it. Ability to be flexible, creative, and consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
- A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
- Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs.
- Exhibits strong diplomacy skills. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
- Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
International travel required approximately 25% of time.
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.