Project Director (Chilean Patagonia Project)

Pew Charitable Trusts

Chile 🇨🇱


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.



For the past two decades, 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 work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:


  • Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate brought about by the increasing 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.


Project Summary

Chile’s Patagonia is one of the last remaining intact wilderness areas of the world, yet today it is both under-recognized and under-protected.  Pew and its partners are working to change that by promoting this region’s unique value in the world and developing and implementing policies to secure the long-term protection of this remarkable landscape. 


Chilean Patagonia is on the west coast of the southern cone of South America, where the continent tapers toward the Antarctic Ocean.  While many of Chile’s natural lands all have important ecological values, Patagonia is special because of its high degree of intactness, endemism and exceptional land and sea interconnectedness.

Approximately 80 percent of this area remains unspoiled making it similar in ecological condition to Australia’s Outback and Canada’s Boreal, other places where Pew works. Although it is approximately one-fifth the size of the continental-scale Boreal in Canada and Outback, Chile’s Patagonia stretches over several hundred miles of important wilderness that features unique geography, oceanography and ecological productivity, including a lush temperate rainforest, glacier-carved valleys, windy grasslands, inland shorelines, and countless fjords and islands.

In partnership with a robust network of non-governmental organizations in Chile, Pew will work to improve and enhance the protection of this landscape through the country’s park and reserve system, while also promoting public-private partnerships for new conservation efforts.


Position Overview

The Project Director, Chilean Patagonia Project, will develop and lead implementation of a campaign to establish permanent and durable policies for the effective protection of Chile’s Patagonia ecosystem, including its interior waters and nearshore environment. The campaign will work closely with other partner organizations to mobilize support for strong and durable conservation measures in the region. 


  • Develop and implement effective campaign strategies and set achievable and measurable goals that will result in achieving the project’s goals to improve and enhance the protection of Chile’s southern landscape through the country’s park and reserve system, while also promoting public-private partnerships for new conservation efforts.
  • Work in close collaboration with coalition partners and other allies and organizations in order to maximize the impact of campaign strategies.
  • Determine when goals are at risk of not being met, identify the causes and, when needed, take appropriate steps to fix any problems in ways that keep the campaign on course.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of terrestrial and near-shore marine conservation in Chile.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant NGOs in the field.
  • Develop mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities that have relevance for campaign efforts.
  • Collaborate with Pew’s Philanthropic Partnership Group in order to identify potential donors, cultivate relationships, and generate interest and support for a cause that results in significant funding for projects.
  • Design and oversee cost effective budgets and monitor campaign expenses, evaluating project costs as needed.
  • Identify capacity needs, including hiring staff and consultants, to ensure the campaign has the necessary human resources to achieve its goals.
  • Serve as a spokesperson in order to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies regarding the tangible mechanisms and measures that can be taken to address the need to conserve Chile’s Patagonia region.
  • Represent the Trusts publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums and by authoring articles for newspapers, magazines and peer-reviewed journals


  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in law, environmental policy and management, or similar fields is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience with a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment in designing and implementing conservation and sustainability programs. 
  • A 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.
  • Extensive experience in campaign development, coalition building, and legislative and public policy advocacy.
  • Extensive experience in developing national parks, private reserves, marine protected areas, or other conservation initiatives in Chile.
  • Extensive experience working with elected officials, government agencies, and national, regional, and local non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent political, strategic and analytical abilities with proven program management skills to develop, execute and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals.  A task-oriented, deadline driven style with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Familiarity with policy-making processes in Chile including legislative and regulatory procedures, and governmental budgets and appropriations.
  • Demonstrable experience successfully managing staff and teams based in dispersed geographies, able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • 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 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.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English essential.


Frequent domestic travel within Chile and international travel to the United States for this position will be required.



Pew offers a competitive salary and benefits package.


Pew is an equal opportunity employer.