Officer, Flood-Prepared Communities (Federal Policy)

  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Oct 04, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

Washington, DC (901 E)

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. economy, communities, and environment through four main policy areas:

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

Position Overview

The officer will help design and implement strategies in support of Pew's flood-prepared communities initiative federal policy goals aimed at preparing communities for the increasing threat of flood-related disasters.

The officer will be responsible for analyzing legislative and regulatory proposals, developing policy strategies, and recommending campaign positions on disaster mitigation, adaptation and resilience, flood insurance, infrastructure, and other disaster-related issues. This position will engage with federal agencies and Capitol Hill offices, work with external stakeholders, and may represent the campaign with such external partners. The officer will support the development of both internal and external data analysis and policy papers such as public testimony, public comments, and support letters, as well as manage the e-advocacy program. This position will coordinate with Pew's internal communications, government relations, and field staff on advocacy outreach, research, and materials. This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, will report 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.


  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge base of national disaster mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and infrastructure policy efforts, including policy developments and external advocacy, to inform and advance campaign priorities;
  • Assist in identifying and advancing opportunities to implement Pew's federal disaster and infrastructure priorities in grasstops field states;
  • Build relationships with federal agencies, Capitol Hill offices, external stakeholders, partners and coalitions on behalf of the campaign;
  • Create campaign position materials including public comment letters, testimony and policy statements, and assist other Pew staff by providing information and guidance for outreach materials such as issue briefs and action alerts;
  • Represent the campaign at conferences and events;
  • Work with Pew colleagues and supervisory staff to coordinate and support activities where overlap exists;
  • Manage e-advocacy strategies and outreach
  • Perform other duties and tasks as required by the manager, flood-prepared communities.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience working in public policy or advocacy campaigns at a government agency, Capitol Hill, private sector or non-profit.
  • Deep knowledge of disaster relief, mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and infrastructure public policy efforts. Experience drafting legislation and regulatory policy strongly preferred.
  • Seasoned judgment, ability to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear, and firm with colleagues and partners.
  • Clear, effective writing style. Ability to distill complex data or information for external audiences such as government or media.
  • Strategic thinker to inform campaign strategy and issue advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks at once. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Management experience with both long-term projects and staff.
  • Excellent listening skills. Ability to work productively with a wide array of constituencies, personalities, and institutions.


The position is based in Washington, D.C., with limited domestic travel for conferences and meetings.

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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