Senior Director, Environment International

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018
May 21, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Overview 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 public interests. 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 the past 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 close to 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. Position Overview The senior director, environment international, will oversee a multifaceted portfolio focused on environmental opportunities and challenges that are global in nature, involve direct implementation in countries outside of the Western Hemisphere, or involve engagement in international decision-making bodies such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and regional fisheries management organizations. At present, the portfolio has approximately 100 staff working on nine conservation initiatives and with staff in locations ranging from Australia to French Polynesia to London and Brussels. Additional projects are in development, pending board approval. This position will manage directors and project directors within the portfolio and will report to the vice president, Environment International. The ideal candidate will have significant experience managing complex initiatives, leading teams of professional staff, and designing and implementing environmental strategies and initiatives in the US and internationally. Responsibilities Supervise directors managing sub-portfolios of fisheries, marine habitat protection, and cross-cutting policy initiatives, each of which consists of major Environment-International initiatives. Work with directors, project directors, and their staff to design and implement successful campaigns that produce measurable and meaningful results for project and portfolio objectives. In collaboration with directors, and with support from a senior officer and officer and guidance from the vice president, oversee the development of board-related documents, including annual program plans, heads-up memos on new or existing projects requesting funding, and project proposals. Partner with the vice president and the director of the international conservation unit on strategic planning efforts for the portfolio, in collaboration with Program's strategy unit and executive vice president. Serve as a spokesperson to internal and external audiences about the goals, strategy and progress of the portfolio. These audiences include program and operational staff within the larger Pew institution, current and potential donors, members of the media, other conservation organizations, representatives of resource management agencies, international organizations, and policymakers and their staff. Oversee operational aspects of the portfolio and ensure that program staff are complying with institutional policies and procedures. Engage with operations counterparts to review program's role in existing processes and identify opportunities to further enhance systems and streamline protocols. Review funding proposals and reports, job descriptions, staff promotion and award nominations, news releases, media statements, publications and other work products generated by staff. Approve project letters of agreement, per delegation of authority policy, and review other project contracts prior to approval by vice president. Work with directors to build and maintain a culture of excellence and accountability, establish positive and productive teamwork, effectively manage and coach individual staff, provide appropriate opportunities for professional development and acculturate them to Pew. Requirements Bachelor's degree required; candidates are preferred who have an advanced degree in a relevant field, such as natural resources conservation and management, public policy or law. A minimum of fifteen years of professional experience in related field, with responsibility for strategic planning, idea development, project management, and a sophisticated understanding of the formulation of policy is required. A strong results orientation, with a track record of solving problems creatively. A minimum of eight years of experience managing and developing public policy campaigns and talented advocacy and policy teams, including staff supervisory experience managing performance management processes, providing career development advice and counsel for direct reports, and oversight of these responsibilities for their teams. Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use media exposure to communicate conservation needs and impact policy deliberations. Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills. Strong interpersonal skills; an excellent listener who has the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. Persuasive, highly articulate, and good at "selling" ideas and gaining support and commitment for initiatives from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects. Excellent time and project management skills. Highly flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects. The ability to make decisions after contemplating various courses of action, justify recommendations, and to be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners. 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. Strong operational management acumen. Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution. Ability to fit into the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of The Pew Charitable Trusts, which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. Travel The individual in this position will travel throughout the US and the world approximately 20% of his/her time in order to develop and manage partnerships, attend international and domestic meetings, and to perform other business. Compensation and Benefits 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. 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