Officer, Government Relations

30 Jun, 2020


Officer, Government Relations

Pew Charitable Trusts
Brussels, Belgium


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.
Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.
Government Relations
Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. In 2010, the department was reorganized and staff that had been spread throughout the institution were consolidated into a single unit. Government Relations is comprised of a Senior Vice President and four units overseeing advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs and advocacy goals; (2) develop close effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities, (6) monitor, track, review and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; and (7) ensure full compliance by Pew with all applicable regulations related to lobbying and advocacy.
Position Overview
The officer will be based in Brussels and will report to the Brussels-based senior officer, Government Relations.  The officer will be an integral part of the international Government Relations team and will have responsibilities in all areas of EU government related coordination and strategic outreach. This position requires a strong capacity to think strategically, to understand the implications of EU Member State politics as well as broader geopolitics in international decision making, and to work as part of a global team of government relations and campaign staff.


  • Work with Pew program managers and staff to develop and implement engagement strategies  for the EU Commission, Parliament, Council or for key individual Member States, with a view to achieving government-related campaign goals for environmental initiatives.
  • With the Brussels-based Senior Officer, Government Relations, develop a structural approach toward establishing and maintaining working relationships with government officials within the national administrations and relevant EU institution.
  • In coordination with program staff and the Brussels-based Senior Officer, Government Relations, develop and implement strategic options for meeting critical campaign needs and filling advocacy voids in key EU Member States.
  • Direct or perform focused advocacy research for targeting policymakers. Schedule and attend lobbying or educational visits with relevant officials and staff.
  • In coordination with program staff, maintain ongoing communications with other members of the environmental community, consumer organizations, or other partner groups on government-related requests.   Manage government relations consultants as appropriate.
  • Track and analyze government initiatives and proposals relevant to campaigns.
  • With the Brussels-based Senior Officer, Government Relations, ensure lobbying compliance and facilitate coordination for ongoing advocacy efforts
  • Maintain oversight of and facilitate coordination between contractors working in EU member states, and provide support towards the development and implementation of their national engagement strategies.
  • Represent Pew at meetings with EU institutions and with member state representatives (including on senior government level in the EU (EU Commissioner, Director General, member state ministerial), as well as at international conferences and relevant stakeholder meetings to put forward Pew’s positions.


  • College degree and a minimum of eight years of specialized experience in the field gained through education, training, and professional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity working with the EU government and/or member states required.  Familiarity with marine conservation issues preferred but not required.
  • Ability to independently identify issues, recommend solutions, and develop government relations strategies and initiatives for major lines of programmatic work.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion for a general audience.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results. Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet in a cooperative spirit.
  • Fluency in English and French is required; proficiency in German and/or Spanish is preferred, though not 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.
It is expected that this position will require regular travel.
Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.
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: 2020-06-30