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International Fisheries Policy Campaign Director

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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 10/08/2019
Company Name The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Telephone (888)575-9675 x376
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Full Job Title: Project Director, RFMO Policy, International Fisheries

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 Fisheries
Pew's international fisheries project aims to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences for international fisheries that ensures the sustainability of fish populations over the long term and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. Our main areas of work include: the advancement of precautionary harvest strategies and effective compliance regimes for international fisheries; improved protection of vulnerable marine species and their nursery and spawning habitats affected by international fisheries; and improved policies and actions aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Position Overview
The project director, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO) policy, international fisheries is a senior position responsible for delivering campaign outcomes across the RFMO policy portfolio through leadership in the development and implementation of related strategies and activities, including oversight and development of staff, identification of partnership opportunities, and maintenance of internal and external relationships. Focal areas of the project director's portfolio of work include: adoption of precautionary harvest strategies and effective compliance regimes at regional fisheries management organizations, reform of longline fishing and transshipment practices, and improved measures to improve biodiversity and protect vulnerable species from impacts of international fishing activity. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the director, international fisheries in Washington, DC. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Lead on the development and implementation of targeted, effective and measurable campaign strategies that seek to ensure the sustainability of internationally-managed fisheries through reform of their management by regional fisheries management bodies or similarly mandated bodies, as agreed with the director, international fisheries and outlined in the board-approved project write up. In addition, identify new opportunities and strategies to support achievement of the campaign's objectives.
  • Continually assess portfolio's performance against identified campaign objectives, and where these are at risk of not being met, revise strategies and take appropriate steps to ensure objectives are met.
  • Provide strong leadership, management and oversight to RFMO policy staff, including setting of measurable goals and targets, establishing work plans and activity milestones, conducting performance evaluations, using evaluation mechanisms to monitor individual and team achievements, and ensuring staff are adhering to Pew policies and procedures. Also, evaluate capacity needs to ensure the campaign has the necessary support to achieve its objectives.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key programmatic staff, particularly with the project director, ending illegal fishing, senior manager, markets and relevant leads in government relations, communications, and conservation science.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with important policymakers, conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives.
  • Oversee the RFMO policy portion of the campaign budget, monitor related expenses, and review and approve external payments.
  • Support fundraising activities, including identifying funding opportunities, cultivating relationships with donors, developing funding proposals, and meeting reporting requirements.
  • Serve as the lead spokesperson for the RFMO policy portfolio to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies on core issues, including representing the Trusts publicly at conferences, seminars, and official forums, authoring articles and other communications, and providing interviews to outside sources.
  • Coordinate closely with other Trusts departments, as needed, including on staff hiring and management, contract development and management, budget management, and fundraising.
  • Contribute to and participate in the tasks of the international environment department as assigned, as well as broad Trusts-related projects and activities, as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required, and advance degree in relevant area preferred. Demonstrable equivalent experience in place of degree(s) may be considered.
  • At least 10 years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience. This includes designing and implementing campaigns and large initiatives aimed at solving conservation needs. Expertise in environmental advocacy, conservation initiatives, and/or fisheries management and policy preferred.
  • Minimum of three plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel. Preference for experience supervising junior/mid-level managers as well as direct contributors.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates 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.
  • Outcome-oriented style, with focus on achieving measurable and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines by maintaining high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying new opportunities and outcomes, and pursuing partnerships and strategies to deliver greater impact.
  • Able to synthesize large amounts of information, determine whether issues are ripe for reform or intervention, and identify steps to achieve change. Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Able to analyze budgetary information and assess capacity.
  • Seasoned judgment. Able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be professional, responsive, and authoritative in communications with consultants, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Clear, effective writing style. Strong and persuasive oral presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the campaign. Highly diplomatic; able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.
  • Possess a strong network of relevant contacts and ability to leverage these relationships to advance objectives. Familiarity and connection with the conservation community or regional fisheries management organizations is desirable.
  • Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French and Japanese.

Frequent international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.

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.

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