Monday, August 26, 2013

Manager, Global Shark Conservation (Asia); The Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Title: Manager, Global Shark Conservation (Asia)
Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Job Location: Washington, D.C.

Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted their populations and approximately 100 million sharks are killed every year to primarily support the global shark fin industry, valued for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup. In general, sharks are exceptionally vulnerable to overexploitation and slow to recover from depletion. As key predators, their depletion also has risks for the health of entire ocean ecosystems.
The Global Sharks Conservation Campaign is designed to reverse this global decline of shark populations through public education, advocacy and research.  The campaign is engaged in activities to educate and mobilize the public, media, and policymakers in international forums including RFMOs, CITES and the United Nations, and to secure precautionary, science-based protections for sharks within countries targeted for nation-based action. Additionally, the campaign is initiating work in Asia and this position will oversee these efforts.

Position Overview
This Washington, DC-based position will report to and work closely with the project's Director to manage the campaign’s efforts in Asia. This campaign is designed as a long term effort. It is expected that this position is for a term period through June 30, 2014, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.


  • Assist the project director in designing and implementing campaign strategy with a particular focus on activities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Manage activities around at least one of the campaign’s core deliverables with a large focus on project efforts in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Help the project director coordinate a team of media, government affairs, and organizing professionals to implement campaign activities internationally.
  • Work with the campaign team to develop effective outreach material, including fact sheets, briefing materials, and content for the website to reflect efforts in Asia.
  • Work collaboratively with the campaign’s coalition of groups committed to securing precautionary policy protections for sharks.
  • Manage campaign consultants and their activities, in support of meeting campaign objectives.
  • Assist in fundraising efforts for the campaign, including drafting donor materials for the campaign.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public affairs, public policy or environmental science preferred;
  • Eight years of professional outreach experience helping shape the way the decision makers and the public perceive and respond to environmental and natural resource management issues. Specific experience with marine wildlife or fisheries issues is preferred;
  • At least two years of previous supervisory experience required
  • 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.
  •  Communication.  Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them.  Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style. Mandarin and/or Cantonese language skills preferred.
  • Managerial skills.  Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear, and firm with consultants, colleagues, and partners.  Able to adapt to a complex working environment in which influence is often exerted indirectly rather than through traditional chain of command hierarchies. Successful experience in leveraging ideas and implementing projects that produce measurable results.
  • Strategic planning.  Able to set short and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy.  A task-oriented style with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  •  Analytical skills.  Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and identify the means to address it.
  •  Interpersonal skills.  Able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners, and others.  Excellent listening skills.
  • Availability.  Must be available outside normal business hours when essential to project priorities, including the ability to travel internationally and domestically. 

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks vacation and flexible benefits options.


International and domestic travel for the position is required, including scoping and site visits for international shark conservation efforts and attending international meetings.
Pew is an equal opportunity employer

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