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23 Dec 2019

Full-Time Senior Associate, Flood-Prepared Communities (Public Policy Campaigner)

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Posted by Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

Full Job Title: Senior Associate, Flood-Prepared Communities

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

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 Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than 25 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment.

Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Safeguarding these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable solutions to the loss of biodiversity.

In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems.

Flood-Prepared Communities
Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative works to reduce the impact weather-related catastrophes, such as flood and hurricanes, have on the U.S. taxpayer, communities, and environment through four main policy areas:

  • Reforming of the National Flood Insurance Program;
  • Increasing federal investment in mitigation programs to help communities prepare for future floods;
  • Improving resiliency and durability requirements for new and rebuilt infrastructure in flood-prone areas; and
  • Promoting nature-based solutions like open green space, marshes and mangroves to better protect property and the environment.

Position Overview
The senior associate works closely with the manager and campaign staff to execute campaign related activities for Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative. The senior associate supports the federal policy advocacy components of the program through efforts involving writing legislation, web analysis, white papers, fact sheets, e-advocacy, state field materials, and official campaign materials. The senior associate coordinates internally with communications, government relations, and field staff on policy analysis and advocacy outreach, and, at times, works with external consultants and partners.

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, reports to the manager, flood-prepared communities. 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.


  • Track and analyze national flood policy efforts, including the latest policy developments and research, to inform and advance campaign priorities.
  • Develop outreach materials to support government relations, communications and grassroots activities.
  • Draft campaign content such as web analysis, fact sheets, and e-advocacy materials for public distribution.
  • Identify opportunities for the campaign to publicize research materials such as educational briefings, events, conferences, publications, etc.
  • Represent the campaign to external stakeholders and coalition groups.
  • Work with external partners to manage advocacy strategies on behalf of the campaign.
  • Work with Pew’s field operations to strategically deploy advocacy materials.
  • Manage e-advocacy outreach and strategy.
  • Edit and fact-check campaign materials; ensure accuracy of content, facts and data.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience with increasing responsibility working on a public affairs, public policy or political campaign.
  • 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.
  • Experience working on issues related to flood insurance, resilient infrastructure, and/or disaster mitigation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions.
  • Ability to translate complex data and issues into user-friendly content for the web, Capitol Hill or media.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and subjects and meet near-term and long-term deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, and the ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills and highly results-oriented.

Limited domestic travel for stakeholder conferences and meetings is anticipated.

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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