Senior Officer, Conservation Support (Conservation Finance) (Hybrid)
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Conservation Support works across Pew’s environment portfolio to ensure development of robust policy positions and strategy, provide specialized expertise, assist in developing and launching of new bodies of work, and provide for internal and external coordination, including coordinating Pew efforts around major international meetings.
Conservation Support is an integral part of the broader environment team, which currently focuses on establishing and improving marine protected areas; protecting ocean life on the high seas and in the deep sea; improving fisheries management, ending illegal fishing, and reducing harmful fisheries subsidies; preventing ocean plastics; protecting coastal habitats; and protecting Chilean Patagonia and Australia’s Outback and oceans.
Position Overview The Senior Officer, Conservation Support is a cross-cutting role that will serve as a resource on conservation finance issues across Pew’s environment portfolio. They will deploy their knowledge and understanding of a variety of conservation finance approaches and their experience of developing and securing conservation financing deals to negotiate innovative financial solutions with an array of potential partners, investors, and other funding sources. This is a new position which will build Pew’s capacity on conservation finance as these initiatives grow in importance.
Initial focus will be in two areas: Enduring Earth, an ambitious collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and ZOMALAB to refine and apply the Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) model to ensure durable and scalable conservation outcomes around the world; and Pew’s work in securing financing streams to support coastal wetlands protection, management, and restoration in multiple countries.
The Senior Officer may be located in Pew's Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, London, or Brussels offices and is eligible for up to 60% telework. The Senior Officer may also be based in a home office located in the financial hubs of New York City, Frankfurt Germany, Berlin Germany or Luxembourg. The Senior Officer will report to the Project Director, Conservation Support, who is based in the Washington, DC office.
- Develop and pitch financing solutions for coastal wetlands protection, management, and/or restoration to potential investors and funders, in support of Pew’s coastal wetlands project. Build partnerships to deliver on these solutions. Write proposals as needed.
- Identify, assess, and secure innovative funding streams (public, private, blended, market-based etc.) which can contribute to PFP deals and deliver sustainable financing solutions over the long-term.
- Work with Pew’s Enduring Earth team to develop strategies – including assessing a variety of financing options - to construct and secure PFP deals in early stages of development. Input into financial modeling to identify fundraising needs, including sensitivity and risk analyses.
- Use technical expertise and thought leadership on conservation finance to expand and deepen Pew's internal understanding and application of these concepts to support conservation goals.
- Develop project agreements and research plans, monitor activities, and work with external partners to ensure proposed timelines and key deliverables are met.
- Develop and maintain productive working relationships with key private sector, government, public funding, and nongovernmental partners and alliances. Maintain strong internal relationships across Pew’s environment portfolio.
- Represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, and official forums. Participate in or lead Pew delegations to relevant international and intergovernmental meetings.
- Effectively communicate complex financial concepts to non-specialist audiences, such as in policy briefs, papers, written analyses, and as a media spokesperson for Pew on matters of conservation finance.
- Experience of successfully working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and on projects in diverse contexts.
- Help to develop and implement new strategies and approaches to address environmental issues.
- Contribute to and participate in departmental and institutional projects and activities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
- At least ten years of applicable experience, with a focus on conservation finance.
- Demonstrated skills in negotiation and deal-making. Experience of designing and securing conservation finance deals.
- Ability to efficiently synthesize information and make recommendations on how to proceed.
- Results-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
- Ability to meet multiple deadlines with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Able to convey complex ideas and technical information in compelling ways.
- Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills; media-savvy and politically astute.
- Responsive to user needs. Excellent listening skills.
- Ability to achieve results in a complex working environment.
- Demonstrated business judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters.
- Flexible, resourceful, and results oriented.
- Experience working within a diverse set of contexts and cultures, ideally in both developed & developing countries. Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with colleagues and partners from diverse backgrounds who may have disparate or conflicting goals or approaches.
Domestic and international travel expected approximately 20% of the time.
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.