Director, Field Operations
The Environment Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than 30 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging 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 more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment. Pew’s global environmental program focuses on science-based, nonpartisan, and sustainable solutions to help protect the planet and people. We work in partnership with governments, Indigenous rights holders, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, local stakeholders, scientists, and other researchers to advance public policy so that nature and communities can thrive.
Since 1990, Pew has worked in North America, South America and Australia to protect large and critically important terrestrial ecosystems, including rivers and other freshwater resources, coastal temperate rainforests, interior mountain ranges, the northern boreal forests, Australia’s Outback, and Chilean Patagonia. We work to ensure these natural systems remain bountiful, functioning, and resilient, providing essential ecological services such as clean air and clean water, sustenance and food security for local communities and more broadly for the welfare of current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, sociology, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable 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. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating large scale marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems. We also work to address systemic threats to the ocean, including from plastics, over-and-illegal fishing, seabed mining, and climate change.
The Field operations team (Field) advances public policy solutions for Pew campaigns by engaging international officials, federal policymakers, local elected officials and other relevant stakeholders in their home states and countries through education, mobilization, coalition building, media coverage and government official outreach and engagement. Field staff and contractors (organizers) develop unique state and country specific strategies and then organize and execute field activities under the direction of Washington, D.C. field staff. In all efforts, Field works in coordination with program, government relations, communications and other Pew staff to tailor state/country-specific strategies that contribute to national and international campaign goals.
The director leads a multifaceted portfolio with five staff and an extended team of partner organizations and consultants supporting Pew’s environment efforts at the local, state, US and international levels.
With significant experience designing and implementing successful advocacy campaigns, the director leads short- and longer-term efforts that support organizing capacities. The director develops and implements targeted legislative and communications strategies including organizing, generating media coverage and managing government relations, and engages in tactical strategy development and campaign design. The director also plays a key role in coordinating with other units at Pew.
The director reports to the senior director, environmental policy, and is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office. This position is eligible for up to 60% telework.
- Foster a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and in line with Pew and the environment portfolio’s goals.
- Work with environment staff, Field operations staff, contract organizers and others to design and implement successful strategies and campaigns that produce measurable and meaningful results for project and portfolio objectives.
- Coordinate with other units such as government relations, communications and others to develop strategies, leverage resources and avoid pinch points.
- Represent Pew with policymakers, business leaders, Tribal Nations, the media, potential funders and other key stakeholders.
- Ensure the smooth functioning of Pew Field operations including overseeing a multi-million-dollar budget, managing contracts, reviewing externally facing materials, and contributing to board-related documents.
- Work with staff and environment leadership to establish positive and productive teamwork, effectively manage and coach individual staff, and provide appropriate opportunities for professional development.
- Serve on the environment portfolio senior management team, participating in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- Twelve years of applicable experience.
- Five years of previous direct supervisory experience including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice.
- 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 to Pew.
- Track record of successfully running campaigns that lead to policy change.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Strong operational management acumen.
- Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and institutions.
Key attributes and preferred experience
- Knowledge of environmental problems, conservation, and environmental policy.
- Able to set short and long-term planning goals in line with program strategies.
- Strong interpersonal skills and exhibits diplomacy and cultural sensitivity. Able to work productively in teams with a wide array of individuals and stakeholder groups.
- Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
- Ability to synthesize information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and develop a solution. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
- Media-savvy and able to use media exposure to communicate conservation needs and impact policy deliberations.
Travel Occasional travel is expected.
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.