Principal Associate, Pew Marine Fellows Program

Washington D.C.
Sep 01, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type


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Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.

The Research and Science Portfolio in Program

The research and science portfolio includes programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew's programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, and fiscal federalism. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization.

Environmental Research and Science

Environmental research and science (ERS) programs work to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy. The division's programs include the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation (PMF) which every year provides three-year fellowships to scientists and other experts to support original, research-based marine conservation projects. The program invests in mid-career scientists to generate high-quality research related to ocean health. Since the 1990s, the program has supported over 180 fellows. Alumni and current fellows are invited to an annual meeting to build new collaborations and foster a community of conservation-oriented scientists focused on bringing data and research to bear on ocean protection. The program also hosts training workshops and program support for new fellows to strengthen the connections between their research and policy and practice. More information about the program is at

Position Overview

The principal associate responsibilities include managing the fellowship application process, selection review, grant award and reporting; handling logistics for the program's annual meeting and other events; working with fellows and alumni to develop and organize selected annual meeting sessions; managing program and external funder budgets; drafting written materials for program activities; and overseeing the program's workflow for the environmental research and science unit's coordinator and administrative assistant.

The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director. This position is contingent upon board approval in September 2020.


  • Oversee day to day operations of the Pew Fellows Program, including coordination of certain staff activities within the team and with other departments such as legal, finance and grants management.
  • Serve as project lead on the yearly marine fellowship nomination, application, review, and selection processes.
  • Develop and oversee fellowship grants, including managing agreements, reviews, approvals and awards, monitoring of grant payments, and facilitating the fellowship annual reporting process.
  • Lead program use of the foundation connect grants system and liaise with internal finance, legal, grants, contracts, and IT staff.
  • Support the project director in Pew program renewals and related internal reporting.
  • Research issues in marine conservation for development of Pew Marine Fellows (PMF) annual meeting sessions, fundraising initiatives, and PMF working groups.
  • Organize selected annual meeting, conference or training sessions, symposia at scientific meetings, and PMF working groups.
  • Manage production tasks for the PMF annual meeting, including the web-based registration process and reports, meeting logistics, travel and communication with attendees. Conduct meeting preproduction site visits as needed.
  • Manage program budgets and coordinate with finance for tracking and reporting.
  • Develop written materials for program as needed, including funder reports and internal documents.
  • Contribute as needed to other activities.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, advanced degree in biological or environmental sciences or related field preferred.
  • At least six years of applicable experience in environmental or marine conservation issues, including experience with meeting planning, project coordination, grants management and administration. Experience with grant making programs and program management is preferred.
  • Proven track record of thinking strategically and creatively, adjusting to changing circumstances, thinking in both short and long-term, remaining attentive to details.
  • Ability to work with large databases and document preparation programs, such as Salesforce, Foundation Connect, FileMaker, Cvent, Adobe Pro and Publisher.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives. Experience with international programs preferred.
  • Ability to write clearly, including development of written materials, proposals and reports for Pew staff, external funders and the Pew Fellows community.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and employing strategic planning skills. Able to proactively develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, while working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team.


This position requires occasional domestic and international travel.

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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