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The Senior Officer is responsible for developing, maintaining and advancing high-level political strategy and developing political contacts. He or she will identify and execute political opportunities and partnerships with the goal of advancing and securing the campaign’s objectives. Campaigns ultimately are decided by the highest level of government officials including heads of state, and the senior officer will be responsible for securing the necessary political support for success. The Senior Officer reports to the Director in Washington, DC.

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.


  • Act on behalf of the director in key political meetings including with government representatives, ministers and heads of state.
  • Work with the director and other GOL staff to identify the most tractable project sites, helping to assess the feasibility of securing political support for designations.
  • Monitor progress to determine when the projects are at risk of not achieving political support and, when needed, work with the director and other staff to take appropriate steps to fix the problem in ways that keep projects on course.
  • Maintain a broad understanding of the campaign’s work at individual project sites including tactics, goals and strategies in order to be able to integrate that information into political opportunities.
  • Identify the most tractable project sites, setting highly measurable intermediate goals and targets; developing timelines; assessing the strengths and weaknesses of campaign plans; determining when the projects are at risk of not meeting their goals, identifying the causes and, when needed, taking appropriate steps to fix the problem in ways that keep projects on course.
  • Work with teams on-the-ground to develop political strategies, stakeholder maps, and manage relationships for all campaigns. Ensure campaign work is coordinated and aligned with the political strategy.
  • Secure significant public profile for the project. Ensure that communications and outreach are essential components of the campaigns and are used to advance the project’s overall goals. Respond to public inquiries about the work by representing the campaign publicly at conferences and official forums and responding to press inquiries regarding the project as a principal spokesperson for the campaign and organization.
  • Build an extensive coalition and establish, foster and manage cooperative working relationships with a broad cross section of stakeholders as necessary to achieve the project goals.
  • Develop an understanding of Pew’s administrative procedures, policies and protocols and ensure that all campaign work is consistent with Pew policies and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in public policy and non-profit work, including experience with campaigning, political engagement, lobbying and strategic campaign development
  • A broad understanding of environmental issues and particularly marine issues both in the United States and internationally.
  • Demonstrated strong political and campaign skills. Ability to synthesize information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and develop a solution. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Able to set short- and longer-term planning goals in line with project management. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to independently develop and move projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, donors, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project. Excellent listening skills.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish or French desirable.


It is anticipated that the individual in this position will undertake international travel for approximately 60% of their time to meet campaign objectives.

Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete 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 help you maintain a good balance.

This is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Considering 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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