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Principal Associate, Conserving Marine Life in the U.S.

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Portland
Salary Additional Information N/A
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 23/06/2019
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Directory Entry : The Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1948. The stated mission of Pew is to serve the public interest by "improving public policy, informing the public, and invigorating civic life. Pew often has vacancies in the remit of Nature Conservaton and Climate change in countries ranging from Australia to the UK, Chile to USA. For more jobs with Pew visit their website.
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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 today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town 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 philanthropic 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 investments 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.


Conserving Marine Life in the United States
Pew's Conserving Marine Life in the United States program focuses on protecting essential habitats found in coastal waters like oyster reefs, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, and salt marsh that provide nursery areas, food and refuge for a diversity of marine wildlife. This work includes working with communities and partners to advancing management measures at the state and federal levels that conserve and restore economically and ecologically valuable coastal habitats. Additionally, the program promotes an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management that takes into account the interdependent nature of ocean life. This work includes advancing measures that protect forage fish that feed dependent marine life, protect ocean habitat such as deep-sea corals, reduce the incidental capture and killing of non-target species (known as bycatch), and integrate the use of comprehensive ecosystem plans into fisheries conservation and management.


Position Overview
The principal associate implements and revises, as needed, Pew's program's objectives to conserve foundational coastal habitats, protect seafloor areas in state waters, and secure new state and federal policies that advance ecosystem-based fisheries management objectives. These responsibilities are shared with a small team of policy colleagues. The principal associate works closely with outreach colleagues, as well as with staff from conservation science, communications, government relations, and other Pew departments. The position also engages with external organizations, including scientists, non-governmental organizations and industry representatives in building and demonstrating broad public support for Pew's work. The position is based in Portland, Oregon, and reports to the project director, conserving marine life in the U.S. 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.


  • Acts as project lead for a portion of Pew's West Coast campaign priorities, including developing policy positions with input from project director.
  • Regularly interacts with internal staff and/or external constituents.
  • Performs research including analyzing, writing, interpreting and summarizing the results.
  • Responsible for writing and presenting public comment letters to the relevant agencies.
  • Represents Pew on advisory committees and other working groups as appropriate.
  • Responsible for managing external contracts with service providers.


  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in public affairs, public policy, law, or environmental science or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • At least six years of specialized experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, preferably with community organizing background. Specific expertise in fisheries and coastal habitat conservation issues and direct experience advocating at the state and/or federal level are preferred.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of key coastal and ocean issues (fishery and habitat management) of the West Coast region preferred.
  • Mastery of setting and achieving short and long-term organizing goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with 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 existing and new projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy, while still being a team player.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. Must be able to communicate complex issues in a manner that is understandable to public and key decision-makers. Confident in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
  • Effective at working independently with excellent business judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and transparent with colleagues and partners.

Significant regional travel, up to 40% of the individual's time, is anticipated, including attendance at meetings and events in the West Coast region.


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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