Officer (International Conservation Unit)
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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 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.
International Conservation Unit
The international conservation unit (ICU) works across Pew’s environment 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 team, which currently focuses on establishing and improving marine protected areas; protecting ocean life on the high seas and in the deep sea; improving fisheries management, ending illegal fishing, and reducing harmful fisheries subsidies; preventing ocean plastics; protecting coastal habitats; and protecting Chilean Patagonia and Australia’s Outback and oceans.
The officer, international conservation unit is responsible for providing strategic advice and analytical expertise on climate change and environmental policy across the environment portfolio. The officer works with project teams to develop and implement strategies to achieve campaign goals while providing advice and expertise on topics such as climate adaptation and mitigation, blue carbon, the impacts of climate change on the environment, climate policy approaches, and engaging in relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements. This position is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, and reports to the project director, international conservation unit.
- Provide climate-related strategic advice and analytical expertise to project directors as needed on issues such as international, national, and state-level climate policy frameworks; nature-based solutions, REDD+, carbon offsetting, and carbon pricing policies.
- Support the exploration and development of new conservation strategies and projects, as appropriate.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with government officials and partners throughout the conservation community to advance project and portfolio objectives.
- Participate in and/or lead Pew delegations to relevant intergovernmental meetings as necessary; represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, and official forums; serve as a trusted expert on environmental policy matters.
- Manage and mentor a staff person, ensuring appropriate allocation of staff time; provide regular feedback on individual performance and support continued staff development.
- Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
- At least eight years of experience in the conservation policy arena, with a particular focus on or familiarity with international conservation and climate policies.
- Knowledge of current conservation science, trends, approaches, and leading thinkers. Experience with international climate policy frameworks and multilateral systems preferred.
- Able to be flexible, creative, and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
- Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. 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.
- Able to synthesize and analyze large amounts of information, focus quickly on the essence of an issue, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify means to address it.
- Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
- Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios that satisfy multiple agendas among multiple stakeholders.
- Strong diplomatic skills. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that often disagree with or are in competition with one another.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
- Possesses a strong network of relevant contacts that can provide expert information and advance results. Able to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for both general and expert audiences. Proficiency in English required; additional language skills preferred.
- Able to adapt to a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chain of command hierarchies. Successful experience in leveraging ideas and creating projects that produce measurable results.
International travel required.
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.