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Senior Associate, Environment

Washington DC

Job ID: 2020-6324



The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.


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 causes, 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.


Project Overview

Pew’s environment portfolio’s cross-cutting unit maximizes the effectiveness of projects and links the portfolio’s diverse bodies of work. The group manages and leads internal initiatives and ensures the quality, consistency, and compliance and accountability of Pew’s work across the environment portfolio.


Position Overview

The senior associate, environment will provide high-level programmatic services for Pew’s environment portfolio and help serve to link the portfolio’s diverse bodies of work. The position reports to the senior officer management support, environment, and will work closely with the vice presidents of the portfolio and other leadership and cross-cutting staff within the portfolio, including the senior officer, environment. The ideal candidate has demonstrated an ability to collaborate effectively across functional teams and has managed efforts to develop effective solutions to complex problems. In addition, the ideal candidate for this position has exceptionally strong people, communications, and organizational skills. This position is located in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office.



Manage projects at the request of the senior officers to help support processes and information flow, including with the senior environment team, the broader environment portfolio, program coordination services, other Pew departments, and with the office of the executive vice president and chief program officer.

With senior officers and portfolio vice presidents, develop and disseminate communications to portfolio staff, manage strategic initiatives and cross-cutting portfolio-wide projects, and manage special projects including but not limited to: managing outreach and action plans; analyzing and distilling information about ongoing projects and portfolios; and other tasks as assigned.

Serve as a point of contact and manage related processes for various program-operations functions including the portfolio business continuity plan, the annual planning process, board briefings, staff promotions and awards, the portfolio’s portion of program’s departmental budget, and other functions as assigned.

Act as a liaison with remote projects and staff as requested to ensure greater connectivity across the portfolio.

Oversee the coordination of environment townhalls, senior management team meetings, and other events; work with leadership to set agendas and ensure appropriate follow up.

With senior officers, respond to requests for information and memoranda from the environment portfolio for Pew’s president and chief executive officer and the executive vice president and chief program officer. Also support portfolio leadership on the board agenda process. Ensure that products are timely submitted in an efficient manner. Ensure all materials maintain high quality standard.

Act as a lead liaison with IT to ensure portfolio staff can easily access files, documents, and other resources as appropriate.

Facilitate effective management and timely reviews of contracts, reports and briefs and other materials by the senior officers and the portfolio’s vice presidents.

Support the portfolio’s leadership in building and maintaining a culture of excellence and accountability in the portfolio. Ensure the portfolio’s human resources, lobbying, and contract activities are completed in a timely manner and consistent with Pew policies.



Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of four years of professional experience with a proven track record of collaborating effectively across functional teams.

Strong interpersonal skills; an excellent listener who has the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.

Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills. Clear, effective writing style.

Ability to exercise sound judgement and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills.

Excellent time and project management skills. Highly flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details, and identify resources for projects.

Ability to fit into the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of The Pew Charitable Trusts, which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.



This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.


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.



Posted July 24, 2020

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