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Senior Field Associate – Washington, D.C.

Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Position Title: Senior Field Associate

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

Posted On: February 28, 2013.

Organization Overview:

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 stimulate civic life.


Pew’s environmental initiatives promote policies and practices that protect the global environment, preserve healthy forests and marine ecosystems. For the past two decades, the environment group has been a major force in driving conservation policy in the United States, and increasingly internationally. The group’s work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • Transition to a clean energy economy from one based primarily on the burning of fossil fuels;
  • The erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment, with a particular emphasis on global fisheries.

Field Operations (Field) advances public policy solutions for our Environmental campaigns by engaging federal policymakers and stakeholders in their home states through education, mobilization, media coverage, and government outreach. Field staff and contractors (Organizers) based in states across the U.S. organize and execute field activities under the supervision of Washington, D.C. Field staff. In all efforts, Field works closely with Pew Program, Government Relations, Communications, and other staff to tailor state-specific strategies for their respective campaigns.

  • Education: Field uses the best-available science to educate the public and policymakers about the scope and severity of major environmental problems. Organizers advance local understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental threats through fact-based presentations, round-tables, and other forums. Washington DC Field staff partner with Organizers and Program staff to engage leading experts, synthesize research, and localize information for educational outreach.
  • Organizing: Field recruits and mobilizes diverse stakeholders, such as community leaders, businesses, institutions, and grassroots supporters, by building coalitions and public support for each campaigns policy objectives. Organizers involve stakeholders in policy discussions through local activities and educational events, sign-on letters, scrapbooks, and videos. Staff based in Washington DC work with Organizers and Program staff to identify optimal organizing strategies for each campaign.
  • Communications: Field informs the public and policymakers about our Environmental campaigns by increasing media coverage of each campaigns policy goals. Organizers hold press conferences, inform editorial boards, appear on television and radio news programs, author opinion editorials, and assist supporters and coalition partners in their media outreach and strategic messaging. Washington DC staff partner with Organizers, Communications, and Program staff to develop materials for diverse media outlets.
  • Government Relations: Field engages policymakers on our Environmental campaigns policy objectives by coordinating public outreach to government officials both in state and on Capitol Hill. Organizers facilitate public interaction with government officials through public and private events tailored to the local political landscape. Washington DC staff work with Organizers, Government Relations, and Program staff to coordinate all federal, state, and local government outreach efforts.


The Senior Field Associate is part of the Field Operations management team in Washington, DC.  The Senior Field Associate supervises organizers in three to six states, as well as partner groups and campaign specialists, all of whom are based outside the Washington DC, office.

The Senior Field Associate specializes in one programmatic area (clean energy, oceans, or wilderness) and also works on projects in the other programmatic areas.  The position coordinates all Field Operations for one or more specific policy objective, including implementing targeted legislative and communications field strategies which include organizing, generating media coverage, and government relations.

The Senior Field Associate reports to a Field Officer, Senior Field Officer or the Director of Field Operations.


  • Supervise and support three to six full-time environment group organizers, as well as partner groups and campaign specialists, all based outside the Washington DC, office;
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of organizers’ work plans consistent with public policy and programmatic objectives, and adapt them to specific circumstances.  Coordinate organizers activities with other Pew staff and partners;
  • Coordinate Field Operations for one or more specific policy or campaign objectives.  Work with the policy team, Government Affairs, Communications and other staff to develop strategies and work plans for all field organizers involved in the policy objective;
  • Maintain internal communication about the Field Operation’s activities, troubleshoot, and modify strategies and work plans as needed.


  • A minimum of four years of professional and related experience.  Significant experience in at least two of the following areas is required:  personnel management, project management, public policy advocacy, organizing, generating media coverage, and engaging policymakers;
  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including communicating complex ideas for a general audience;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and others.
  • A detail-oriented style with a focus on results.  Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Available outside normal business hours when essential to organizational priorities. Occasional travel required;
  • Effective use of basic Microsoft Office Suite software.

How to Apply: Please visit the Careers@Pew section of the website to review the complete job description and apply online at

Contact Information:

Pew Charitable Trusts,

901 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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