Senior Associate, Conserving Marine Life in the U.S. (State Campaigns)

  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Nov 15, 2019
Full time Advocacy and Policy Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

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 advance 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 senior associate, conserving marine life in the U.S. is responsible for the development and implementation of the campaign strategies and outreach supporting the conserving marine life in the U.S. program’s conservation policy objectives along the Atlantic coast. The position develops and implements strategies to build strong relationships with regional and state policymakers, including engaging policymakers and their staff directly, leading coalition efforts and coordinating input from stakeholders, recruiting volunteers and partner groups, assisting in generating positive media coverage, and developing campaign materials. The senior associate coordinates with Pew staff throughout the institution to develop, oversee, and execute outreach and campaign strategies. 

The position is based in Washington, D.C. 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.


  • Develop and lead efforts to build and mobilize an influential constituency to support the advancement of Pew’s policy objectives at the state, regional, and federal levels.
  • Assume responsibility, coordinate, and execute specific projects including outreach to state fishery commission members, state agency officials responsible for managing coastal habitat, elected officials, and conservation stakeholders, including helping to secure positive media coverage of the campaign.
  • Build coalition support for the campaign, including outreach trips and public presentations to collaborative organizations and mobilize supporters to participate in key decisions.
  • Take the lead in creating high-quality work products including fact sheets, web-based materials, action alerts, letters of support, sign-on letters, talking points, postcards, and other outreach materials.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and supervisory staff to coordinate activities with Pew’s other conserving marine life in the U.S. staff and with Pew’s field, science, outreach, government relations, and communications teams, as well as with external partners.
  • Track campaign’s outreach performance, and then provide recommendations and lead efforts to make any necessary changes to improve performance.
  • Monitor and inform the Atlantic team within Pew’s conserving marine life in the U.S. program of political developments that may have an impact on campaign initiatives.
  • Work closely with the project director to set goals and objectives, priorities, timelines and tactics for the campaign.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned by the project director.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in public policy and/or marine conservation issues strongly preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable in natural resource conservation, advocacy campaigns, or public policy work.
  • 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.
  • Experience organizing successful campaigns including demonstrated expertise in mobilizing public support and working effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong strategic and interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners, and decision-makers.
  • Excellent listening and oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills with a talent for translating complex information to inspire various audiences to act.
  • A detail-oriented style with a results-oriented ethic, ability to focus on achieving ambitious goals by demonstrating autonomy and personal leadership in a cooperative spirit with a multi-disciplinary team. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple project deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Ability to be highly-productive and balance responsibilities in the office, on the road during travel and at meetings. Available outside normal business hours when essential to organizational or campaign priorities.
  • Proven ability to thrive and adapt in a quickly changing work environment.
  • A strong network of regional contacts and/or experience with or knowledge of ocean fisheries and coastal habitats preferred.

Frequent travel is expected. 

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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