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Manager, U.S. Oceans

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 01/03/2019
Company Name The Pew Charitable Trusts
Contact Name Joshua Nelson
Telephone (888)575-9675 x376
Email PewTrusts.Careers@jobtarget.com
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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.


Conserving Marine Life in the U.S.
Pew's U.S. marine conservation program focuses on protecting essential habitats found in coastal waters like salt marsh, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, and oyster reefs that provide nursery areas, food and refuge for a diversity of marine wildlife. In the Caribbean, this work includes securing new and improving existing protected areas that harbor critical habitat including mangroves and coral reefs. Additionally, the program promotes an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management that considers the interdependent nature of ocean life. This work includes advancing measures that protect forage fish that feed dependent marine life, protecting ocean habitat like deep sea corals, reducing the incidental capture and killing of non-target species (known as bycatch), and integrating the use of comprehensive ecosystem plans into fisheries management.


Position Overview
The manager will be responsible for overseeing implementation of coastal habitat conservation initiatives in the U.S. Caribbean, and leading work with managers and stakeholders to establish an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management in federal waters of the region. They will focus on advancing Pew's project goals in the regions with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PR DNER), the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other decision-making bodies. The manager will report to the project director, U.S. oceans and be based in Puerto Rico.


  • Manage the day-to-day operations for a series of initiatives to achieve new coastal and ocean conservation policies. Identify and set measurable campaign goals and targets; develop work plans and timelines; assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential partners; design and implement campaign strategies, tactics, and messaging.
  • Act as Pew's regional representative in front of the Puerto Rico DNER, CFMC, NOAA, and other local and federal agencies at conferences, meetings and other venues.
  • Represent Pew before print, radio and television media outlets.
  • Establish, foster and manage cooperative working relationships with a broad cross section of stakeholders, conservation organizations, commercial and recreational fishing interests, scientists, coastal businesses, and government officials to advance Pew's goals in the region.
  • Supervise, lead and develop Pew staff in the region.
  • Identify and manage consultants, develop contracts as needed, and consult with experts to help ensure policy goals are based on science and incorporate community input.
  • Determine when the project is at risk of not meeting its goals, identify the causes and, when needed, suggest appropriate steps to keep the project on course.
  • Coordinate and mesh strategies with Pew's other U.S. oceans campaigns, which are focused on achieving similar goals.
  • Prepare regular oral and written updates on progress; and maintain regular communication with Pew's U.S. oceans staff and consultants.
  • Other duties and tasks as required by the project director, U.S. oceans.


  • Bachelor's degree required, advance degree preferred.
  • At least eight years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, preferably in advocacy and campaign management.
  • Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • 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.
  • Spanish and English language proficiency, written and spoken.
  • 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 such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Strong understanding of how to manage by influencing others and the ability to read nuances of meaning accurately.
  • Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. Ability to analyze budgetary information and assess organizational capacity. A task-oriented style, with a 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 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.
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs.
  • Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that may disagree with and are in competition with one another. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.

It is anticipated that this position will require the individual to undertake significant regional travel and occasional travel to Washington, D.C. or elsewhere in the U.S.


Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.


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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