The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Animal Stewardship, Antibiotic Resistance Project

2 months ago
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Program-Government Performance-Federal
The Pew Charitable Trusts



The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


Position Overview

The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, will inform and influence public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This will include developing subject matter expertise in the use of antibiotics in food animal production; participating in the execution of the project’s research and outreach goals; completing policy analyses to develop recommendations for policy levers to phase out the overuse of antibiotics in food animals; and assisting with convening meetings and stakeholder communications.

Reporting to the senior manager, antibiotic resistance project, the senior associate will work closely with the senior officer, animal stewardship and other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, human resources, and other areas.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. 



Under the direction of the senior manager and guidance of other staff (specifically, the senior officer, animal stewardship), contribute to policy advocacy and outreach efforts:

  • Assist senior officer in all science-based research and policy projects. Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating in-person and online convenings of advocacy groups, policy makers and other key audiences, including meetings hosted or sponsored by Pew and briefings on Capitol Hill.
  • Collaborate with the communications and government relations teams to generate materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders and ensure that materials are timely, accurate, and relevant.
  • Communicate with and cultivate relationships between Pew and key stakeholders, including veterinary and other medical professional societies; state and federal legislative, regulatory, and public health officials and policy makers; researchers; pharmaceutical companies; agricultural producers; food retailers; advocacy groups; members of the public; and other domestic and international stakeholders. 

Under the direction of the senior manager and guidance of other staff (specifically, the senior officer, animal stewardship), develop relevant subject matter expertise: 

  • Develop a broad knowledge of issues related to animal husbandry and production systems, particularly the use of antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics. 
  • Track trends and developments in state, federal and international policy regarding animal antibiotic use, and in the meat and poultry markets. 
  • Proactively identify and monitor the positions of influential stakeholders and thought leaders on key animal stewardship issues. 
  • Help identify potential opportunities to expand Pew’s antibiotic work internationally and/or at the state level.

Under the direction of the senior manager and guidance of other staff (specifically, the senior officer, animal stewardship), contribute to research and publication efforts:

  • Define and research key policy and scientific issues related to antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture.
  • Research and produce materials on topics supporting the project’s goals, such as the science of resistance, alternatives to antibiotics, and implementation of federal guidance and regulation.
  • Develop research summaries and other materials and compile, review and edit reports and other documents from staff, consultants and/or stakeholders.
  • Work to identify and execute external contracts and/or letters of agreement to accomplish the project’s goals.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Trusts-related projects and activities as requested


  • A bachelor’s degree in a research or policy-related discipline required. Professional or advanced degree in public policy, veterinary science, or research-related field preferred.
  • Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in research or public policy.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of animal production systems or current policy and research on antibiotic use, particularly in food animal production, is preferred.
  • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
  • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
  • Excellent oral and written skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for technical, policy and general audiences.
  • Experience in building advocacy coalitions and cultivating relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders to advance policy goals preferred.
  • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.



This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences. 


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.


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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