Associate, Lenfest Ocean Program

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington D.C.
Jun 08, 2015
Aug 08, 2015
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Salary Type


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, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.



For the past two decades, 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 work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:


  • Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate brought about by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment. 

Environmental Science Division


The Environmental Science Division (ESD) works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions to global environmental challenges. Within the division,


the Lenfest Ocean Program is a grant-making program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences.



Position Overview


The Associate’s primary responsibility will be to assist with the Lenfest Ocean Program’s policy research and stakeholder engagement activities. Duties may include investigating current marine policy questions, identifying stakeholders and coordinating briefings on the Program’s supported research, organizing symposia at scientific conferences and assisting with the production and distribution of materials associated with Program-funded grants. The Associate may also participate in the management of research grants, including monitoring grant reports and communicating with scientists. 


This position will work in close collaboration with Lenfest Ocean Program and ESD staff on the above tasks. The Associate reports to the Director of the Lenfest Ocean Program.  It is expected that this position is for a term period through September 2020, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.


Job Requirements

  • Coordinate with senior Program staff to identify key stakeholders interested in Program-supported research projects, determine science-policy linkages and engage in project outreach activities.
  • Organize briefings for relevant policy audiences and scientific symposia with Program grantees.
  • Research emerging science and policy questions on domestic and international fisheries management issues.
  • Develop and design scientific outreach materials, including a digital newsletter, in coordination with Program staff, grantees and communications officers, using designated templates in Adobe InDesign and Mailchimp. Ensure accuracy through close communication with researchers.
  • Assist with the grant application process for Program projects. Work with Program staff to draft procurement documents, communicate with grantees and manage the approval process with other units of the Trusts. 
  • Carry out a variety of program administration activities, including organizing meetings, coordinating agenda development and preparing internal documents in close coordination with senior Program staff.
  • Develop and maintain a general knowledge of Lenfest Ocean Program projects and related activities in order to place research grants, contracts and publications in the relevant policy and scientific context. 


  • Associate’s degree required, bachelor’s degree desired, preferably in biological or environmental sciences or a related field.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience with policy research or stakeholder engagement, preferably in the environmental science or marine conservation fields.
  • Experience with/interest in building and maintaining stakeholder communities, reached primarily through electronic engagement (webinars, digital newsletters, etc.).
  • Keen attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills.  Able to balance multiple priorities, organize time and work autonomously on discrete projects.
  • Excellent project management skills. Able to track assignments from development through execution.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of scientific issues.  Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, grantees and others.  Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Is self-directed and accepts full responsibility for completing assignments and resolving issues. Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Creative Suites, Mailchimp and Photoshop preferred.



We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.




Occasional domestic and international travel.


Pew is an equal opportunity employer.



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