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.
Pew’s project development and strategy unit, within strategy and operations, identifies and explores new public policy issues in which Pew might play a role, develops strategies and initiatives to address these issues, oversees the launch of projects resulting from the approval of new strategies, and works with existing programs and projects to review and revise existing strategies and initiatives, as appropriate.
This position, located in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, reports to the director, project development and strategy. The senior officer will assist the director in carrying out the strategy team’s duties, including identifying issues for exploration, evaluating ideas generated by others inside and outside the organization, and preparing detailed new idea memoranda, strategy papers and new project proposals. The senior officer will be expected to take the lead on certain assessments and organize all aspects of an exploration. This includes: scanning the field and doing in-depth research on the issue, interviewing external and internal experts; preparing written and verbal updates for program senior management and Pew colleagues and leaders; ensuring the process is timely and effective; making smart course corrections when needed; and, most importantly, making strategic judgments along the way about whether an exploration should continue and why.
The position requires a highly experienced public policy strategist with strong research, analytical, and project management skills. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to quickly master new topics and understand the interests and needs of an organization and its target audiences. The position requires adaptability, creativity, initiative, and the right balance of pragmatism and optimism about the art-of-the-possible—a perspective grounded by experience in a diverse range of policy settings. The ideal candidate will be a recognized professional in an area of public policy, with an extensive track record in designing and implementing creative solutions to public policy issues.
Occasional travel, including business meetings and conferences as required.
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.