Associate I (Flood-Prepared Communities) via Idealist

Pew Charitable Trusts

Washington, DC, US

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 public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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 the past 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 is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • The use of fossil fuels and other energy sources that damage the environment and increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s 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 and Chile. Pew has also become one of, if not the, largest group of marine policy professionals in the world, working to reduce the scope and severity of various activities that are having a detrimental impact on the health of the world’s oceans. Each year many tons of fish and other marine life are removed from the world’s oceans due to harmful fishing practices and to the lack of appropriate regulatory controls that allow overfishing and habitat destruction to continue.

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. Pew’s work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life and the habitat on which it depends. Our work uses a systematic, rigorous approach through the application of the latest science-based conservation standards to establish catch limits and to put in place other measures to protect or restore populations of marine life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales.

Our current efforts in the Western Hemisphere are focused on implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management practices in U.S. waters, protecting marine wildlife and habitat in the Arctic Ocean, achieving clean energy and climate adaption policies at the federal level, and designating new wilderness protected areas, parks and wildlife refuges on land.

Project Summary
Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative is working to reduce the impact weather-related catastrophes such as flood and hurricanes have on the U.S. economy, communities and environment through four main policy areas:

  • Reforming of the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Increased federal investment in mitigation programs to help communities prepare for future floods
  • Improved resiliency and durability requirements for infrastructure that is rebuilt after catastrophes
  • Protecting ecosystems such as wetlands, salt marshes, and dunes that can absorb storm impacts and help shield property

Position Overview
The Associate I will work closely with the Project Director and campaign staff to execute campaign related activities for Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative. The Associate I will support the production of campaign-related materials such as web analysis, research-related reports, white papers, fact sheets, e-advocacy, field materials, and official campaign materials. This position will support the research component of the campaign and will, at times, work with external research partners. The Associate I will coordinate with communications, government relations, and field staff on advocacy outreach and policy research. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the Project Director, Flood-Prepared Communities. It is expected that this position is for a term period through December 31, 2017, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

  • Conduct short-term and long-term research in support of campaign policy goals;
  • Collaborate with external research partners/contractors on research projects on behalf of the campaign;
  • Develop outreach materials in support of government relations, communications and grassroots activities;
  • Draft campaign content such as web analysis, fact sheets, and e-advocacy materials for public distribution;
  • Monitor and track third-party research related to flood preparedness;
  • Maintain database of external relevant research;
  • Identify opportunities for the campaign to publicize research materials such as educational briefings, events, conferences, publications, etc.;
  • Support the development and distribution of materials in support of the campaign’s field operations;
  • Edit and fact-check campaign materials;
  • Participate in meetings with external stakeholders and coalition groups.


  • A minimum of one year of experience in a fast-paced, dynamic, environment required.
  • A bachelor’s degree required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously and a strong capacity to track details are required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proofreading) and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly using correct grammar.
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills, and highly results-oriented.


The position is based in Washington, DC, with limited domestic travel.


Pew offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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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