Senior Associate, Preventing Ocean Plastics (Campaigning/Advocacy), The Pew Charitable Trusts, London, UK

Application Deadline: 
11 Oct 2018

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.

Preventing Ocean Plastics

Pew's new preventing ocean plastics project will focus on the development and dissemination of a global roadmap that identifies the economically and politically viable steps needed to catalyze more effective and efficient global efforts and investments to reduce the flow of plastics entering the world's oceans.

Position Overview
The senior associate, preventing ocean plastics will assist in implementing strategies and activities to achieve the agreed project deliverables. This will include extensive work and coordination with scientists, NGOs, the business community and government officials to create a path forward on reducing plastic entering the ocean.

This position is based in London, will report to the project director, preventing ocean plastics and will work closely with other teams at Pew, particularly the international conservation unit.


The senior associate, preventing ocean plastics will:
• Work with other Pew staff in designing and implementing effective strategies to deliver project objectives.
• Assist in the oversight of contractors and consultants.
• Work in close collaboration with other allies and organizations in order to maximize the impact of campaign strategies.
• Research, write, and edit campaign materials, such as reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, presentations, letters, and web content
• Coordinate the development and implementation of contracts for campaign projects. Work with campaign staff to draft work plans and procurement documents, communicate with contractors and grantees, manage the approval process with other units of the Trusts and monitor ongoing grants and contracts
• Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials, national and international institutions, as well as partners from the NGO and business communities.
• Represent Pew publicly on conference calls and at meetings and events where related topics are being discussed.
• Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of ocean plastics.
• Analyze policy opportunities that have relevance for campaign efforts;
• Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.


• Bachelor's degree required, preferably in public policy, international relations or environmental science or equivalent experience.
• A minimum of 4 years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a particular focus on or familiarity with ocean policy, marine science, or plastics.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize materials 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.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, grantees and others who contribute to the effectiveness of the project. Excellent listening skills.
• Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Must possess the capacity to work independently, be a self-starter and carry out project work independently of others as needed. Ability to think proactively, take initiative, and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
• Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to balance multiple priorities, remain attentive to details, organize time, and work autonomously on discrete projects.
• Experience with media and other communication strategies to deliver policy recommendations and/or scientific findings to policy makers and the public.
• Demonstrates a strong collaborative spirit. Ability to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and may be in competition with one another.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be flexible, creative and consistent. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.

The individual in this position will travel throughout the world approximately 20% of her/his time in order to attend meetings and conduct outreach.

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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