Government Relations Officer for Environment Programs

13 Nov, 2022


Government Relations Officer for Environment Programs

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C.

Government Relations

Government Relations (GR) seeks to advance Pew’s nonpartisan policy and research goals at all levels of government, in the United States and internationally. We focus on sharing the organization’s research and fact-based recommendations, shaping pragmatic strategies to achieve program objectives, and building relationships with key government officials to forge compromise and consensus on issues that make a difference to the public.

Position Overview

The officer is an integral part of the GR team, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, and will have the responsibility for collaborating with the senior director, GR and other colleagues to provide government relations strategic counsel and direct support with a focus on work with relevance to climate change and its impact on natural ecosystems. This position will report to the senior director, GR, is eligible for up to 60% telework, and is based in Washington, D.C. The officer will have responsibilities and operate independently in all areas of government communications, including communicating with Congressional staff, coordinating Pew program efforts with Congress and the Administration, producing materials on Pew positions, working on international conservation issues, and strategic planning. Additionally, the officer will be expected to conduct independent research and produce written analysis on a range of topics.


  • Collaborate with program managers and staff to design and implement strategies to achieve government-related project and campaign goals.
  • Work with program staff and the senior director, GR, to facilitate the development of specific outcomes to gain the support of the U.S. government, Congress, and state governments for climate, public lands and rivers and marine campaign strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with executive branch and Congressional staff working on domestic and international issues. Conduct intelligence gathering and lobbying meetings on relevant subjects. In coordination with program staff, maintain ongoing communications with other members of the environmental community and other partner groups on government-related requests.
  • Provide both strategic and operational support as needed for Pew’s international programs, including lobby compliance.
  • Research and identify policymakers and other influential stakeholders particularly relevant for the projects assigned, and develop and implement a nonpartisan, fact-based, and robust stakeholder outreach program. Review and provide input to materials produced by programs. Direct or perform research required to educate policymakers on Pew’s recommendations.
  • Draft official government comment submissions.
  • Track and analyze legislation, regulations, other policy proposals, and hearings, announcements, and other government actions relevant to Pew and share summary information with program teams on a timely basis.
  • Manage information and knowledge transfer on policymaker interests.
  • Work with the Pew’s Field Department to ensure that field organizers are equipped with necessary campaign information for federal and state-based advocacy efforts.
  • Work with and direct government relations consultants in support of campaign activities.
  • Fully comply with, and serve as a liaison between program staff, Legal Affairs, and Government Relations compliance staff to ensure full compliance with relevant federal and state lobbying disclosure and ethics rules.
  • Work with Pew’s e-advocacy and communications teams to develop messaging and web materials relevant to policymaker requests or information needs.
  • As assigned, work on projects to develop new lines of work and ensure that all government outreach is coordinated.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, required. Master’s degree in public policy or a related discipline preferred.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience. Experience in working with Congress the federal executive branch and/or state government preferred.
  • Knowledge of environmental legislation and regulatory processes desired.
  • Experience working on international environmental issues, Spanish knowledge beneficial.
  • Strong political and interpersonal skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in reaching out to policymakers and their staff, and in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong writing and research skills.


This position requires occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences, and to perform other business.

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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Job posted: 2022-11-13