Senior Manager (International Conservation Unit)

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


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.


International Conservation Unit
The International Conservation Unit (ICU) works across Pew’s environment international portfolio to ensure development of robust policy positions and strategy, provide specialized expertise, assist in developing and launching of new bodies of work, and provide for internal and external coordination, including coordinating Pew efforts around major international meetings.


The ICU is an integral part of the broader environment international team, which currently focuses on establishing marine protected areas, improving fisheries management, ending illegal fishing, improving shark conservation and regulating sea bed mining.


Position Overview
The senior manager, international conservation unit is responsible for leading internal and external coordination across the international environment portfolio particularly for major international meetings, ensuring robust policy positions and strategy, and helping to develop new bodies of work. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the director, international conservation policy.


The senior manager, international conservation unit will:

• Lead Pew’s International Conservation Unit (ICU); supervise the staff and direction of the team.
• Oversee research and scoping to develop ideas for new areas of work, in close coordination with environment international leadership and the organization’s strategy and planning units.
• Ensure development and implementation of strategies to deliver agreed outcomes from intergovernmental fora, in close coordination with environment international leadership and relevant project directors.
• Oversee development of timelines and operational plans for Pew’s engagement in major international meetings so as to achieve agreed goals and targets.
• Participate in Pew delegations to relevant intergovernmental meetings as necessary. Represent Pew publicly at other meetings, conferences, seminars and official forums as well as author articles for newspapers, magazines and peer-reviewed journals.
• Ensure that technical and specialized expertise from ICU staff and consultants contributes to robust Pew policy positions.
• Identify areas of potential cooperative work and areas of potential conflict between campaigns.
• Oversee development and use of mechanisms to ensure internal coordination within the environment international portfolio.
• Evaluate project costs and design and monitor budgets.
• Determine when goals are at risk of not being met, identify the causes and, when needed, taking appropriate steps to fix any problems in ways that keep the project on course.
• In collaboration with Pew’s Philanthropic Partnership Group, identify potential donors, cultivate relationships and generate interest and support for projects.
• Contribute to and participate in the tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Trust-related projects and activities as needed; and
• Mentor other environment international staff, working to create a positive work environment and team.


• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in international environmental policy, international relations, international business or environmental science strongly preferred.
• At least 10 years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience.
• Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
• 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.
• A proven track record of leadership and accomplishment in designing and implementing programs on a global scale. Extensive experience in the international policy arena is strongly preferred as well as an in-depth understanding of multilateral processes and/or market-based approaches for international conservation.
• Ability to develop program strategy and then set short- and long-term planning goals in line with the strategy.
• Ability to analyze budgetary information and assess organizational capacity.
• 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.
• Demonstrable experience of successfully managing staff and teams, able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project.
• Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate. Ability to communicate complex ideas for a general audience, with strong public speaking skills and an ability to persuasively engage individuals or groups in dialogue that results in a desire to take action
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, with seasoned judgment and analytical capacity, and must demonstrate strong collaborative spirit and ability to make decisions.
• Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs.
• Well-developed skills in diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and may be in competition with one another.
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. Must be flexible, creative, consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility.


The individual in this position will travel throughout the world approximately 20% of her/his time in order to visit projects, attend international meetings, and manage partnerships.


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.