The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC

International Fisheries

The international fisheries project is designed to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences that ensures the sustainability of fish populations and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. The project is focused on three main objectives: (1) adoption of harvest strategies and compliance regimes in regional fisheries management organizations designed to end overfishing of targeted fish stocks; (2) increased protections for biodiversity, vulnerable marine species, and their habitats from harm caused by commercial fishing, especially industrial longlines, and (3) improved enforcement of policies aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The work is global in nature.

Position Overview
The Director oversees a multifaceted portfolio working on international fisheries conservation and management projects across the globe. The Director manages 3-4 direct reports and oversees a team of 25 staff in the US, Europe, and Australia. The position reports to the Vice President, Environment who is based in and heads Pew’s Portland, OR office.


Leadership and strategy setting

  • Manage a multi-million dollar budget and projects in regions around the world.
  • Lead development and implementation of targeted, effective, and measurable strategies that seek to secure policy reform and other necessary actions at a national and regional level.
  • Manage day-to-day operations and activities and collaborate closely with project and department leadership to assess progress, refine strategies, and achieve critical milestones.
  • Provide thoughtful and inclusive leadership to diverse staff spread over multiple countries and time zones, including setting measurable goals and targets, establishing work plans and milestones, conducting performance evaluations, monitoring individual and team achievements, creating professional opportunities for staff, and ensuring staff follow Pew policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the projects and campaigns have the necessary capacity and support and risk mitigation to achieve objectives.
  • Develop ongoing mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities and regulatory and scientific developments that have relevance for overall project efforts.
  • Contribute to, and participate in, the tasks of Pew’s broader marine and land conservation programs, as well as other Pew Charitable Trust-related projects and activities as needed.


  • Work with colleagues on the partnerships team to participate in fundraising and partner development, the preparation and submission of funding proposals, cultivation of new donors, and meet reporting requirements.
  • In collaboration with the government relations team, establish and maintain relationships with senior policymakers including ministers, heads of organizations, and other officials. Liaise with conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives.
  • Leverage meaningful working relationships across Pew and partner organizations.
  • Support fundraising and partner development efforts by contributing to funding proposals, cultivating donor relationships, and providing informative progress reporting. 
  • Manage executive committee and facilitate monthly meeting with the principal partners and campaign leaders.
  • Serve as a spokesperson in order to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies about the ecological, economic, scientific, and cultural importance of international fisheries conservation and management, including representing Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, official forums and in the press.



  • Excellent strategic and program management skills, with a proven ability to analyze complex programs and then lead, develop, execute, and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals.
  • Strong operational management acumen. Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution.
  • Persuasive and influential at gaining support and commitment from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with seasoned judgment and analytical capacity, diplomacy, collaborative spirit, and ability to make decisions. Responsive, clear, and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • An understanding of national and multilateral regulatory and legislative processes, and strong political, strategic, and analytical skills.
  • Dexterity to productively navigate a complex, global partnership with a diverse set of influential stakeholders whose objectives often differ and occasionally compete. 
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use marketing techniques and media exposure to communication the impact of research on conservation needs.
  • Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, and Japanese.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least 12 years of applicable experience.
  • Five years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience leading the performance management process for direct reports, providing career development advice and counsel to staff and teams across dispersed geographies, and fostering productive relationships with consultants, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve project objectives. 

Position Details

The position is based in Washington, D.C. and is eligible for up to 60% telework from home, however other locations and/or remote work in the U.S. or outside of the U.S. may be considered. Frequent domestic and international travel (up to 25%) for this position is anticipated. Pew offers a competitive salary and benefit program. 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 with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.  The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter through CEA Consulting’s job portal. You may contact tamara@ceaconsulting.com with questions. This position will remain posted until filled. 

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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