Full-Time Officer, Conservation Science
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The Research and Science Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
The research and science portfolio includes both 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, the Philadelphia research public policy research 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. The portfolio also includes an operational aspect working to ensure effective management systems across the program department and coordinating with key partners across the institution.
The conservation science project works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions to global environmental challenges. The project works with Pew’s environmental campaign staff to identify, develop, and fund research to address specific policy questions. Integrating the results of the research into public policy and campaign strategy development are significant components of the program’s work. A majority of the program’s work concerns marine conservation.
The officer conservation science’s collaboration with Pew policy staff to develop, fund, and manage a broad array of economics research projects, which inform Pew’s environmental program areas. The officer also serves as a principal liaison to campaign staff and Pew’s strategy team on issues relating to economics and is responsible for encouraging the development of economics initiatives that inform new and existing campaign strategies. Tasks include: providing economics-related technical expertise to campaign and strategy teams; contributing relevant information about Pew environment campaigns and strategies to conservation science staff; collaborating on research design with external contractors and grantees; and leading research projects in economics as appropriate. Other responsibilities include contributing to policy outreach efforts for funded research, and managing aspects of the conservation science program as needed. This position, located in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to a project director and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
* Collaborate broadly with Pew environmental campaign and strategy staff to identify needs and priorities for economics within environmental initiatives. Develop effective research proposals and work plans in coordination with Pew staff and external economists that address relevant policy and/or strategy needs within suitable timeframes and budgets. Serve as a primary liaison between economic researchers and Pew, including by recruiting outside experts as necessary.
* Coordinate the exchange of information between Pew campaigns and conservation science staff. Maintain familiarity with campaign objectives and research relevant to campaign work. Provide technical expertise to campaigns in identifying and implementing appropriate strategies for using economics results (including results from behavioral economics and incentives-based approaches) and engaging with economists.
* Maintain wide-ranging knowledge of pertinent research in environmental economics and in-depth understanding of conservation policy to place research results in appropriate contexts. Knowledge of conservation financing schemes (e.g., payment for ecosystem services, blue carbon finance, debt-for-nature swaps) a plus.
* Lead strategic thinking for Pew’s environmental economics efforts and contribute to cross-cutting initiatives among environmental programs.
* Design and conduct research projects in economics in collaboration with other Pew staff.
* Assist in the development of research plans, grants, and contracts to ensure scientific work plans are accurately translated into project agreements.
* Manage a portfolio of research projects. Duties include: collaborating on research design, tracking project deliverables and deadlines, ensuring coordination of activities with Pew policy and conservation science staff, and identifying emerging communications opportunities as needed.
* Review and coordinate the communication of economic analysis and conservation implications of project-supported economics research.
* Participate in and contribute to conservation science meetings, workshops, and other events. Assist with other tasks as requested.
* Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree in natural resource economics is strongly preferred.
* A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in economics and environmental policy issues is required. Experience working in a technical role within a research or policy institution is highly desirable, as is experience developing and managing a portfolio of environmental or economics research projects. Specific knowledge of and experience with resource management and/or conservation issues is preferred.
* Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners, grantees and others. Operates as both a team leader and player in a highly collaborative environment.
* Demonstrated strategic and analytical skills. Political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach. Experience with national and/or intergovernmental institutions preferred.
* Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Strong ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to detail.
* Excellent written and oral communications skills, including ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner.
* Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail. Ability to make decisions and operate effectively in uncertain or changing situations.
Occasional domestic and international travel required for conferences and meetings.
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.