The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Officer, Innovation, Antibiotic Resistance Project

3 months ago
Job ID
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.


Project Description:
The antibiotic resistance project works to combat antibiotic resistance by developing and advancing research and policy to spur the innovation of new antibiotics and to reduce the use of antibiotics in people and in food animal production.


Position Overview:
The senior officer, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, will inform and influence public policy by leading the project’s work related to spurring antibiotic discovery and development.

Reporting to the director, antibiotic resistance project, the senior officer will work closely with all members of the antibiotic resistance project team as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations 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 and guidance of the director:

  • Serve as a senior member of the antibiotic resistance project by representing Pew as the lead subject matter expert; overseeing the technical and scientific accuracy of work related to promoting the discovery and development of new antibiotics; and leading research on key scientific issues related to antibiotic innovation;
  • Lead the execution of implementation of Pew’s Roadmap for Antibiotic Discovery, including overseeing the development of an interactive database for researchers to share discovery data and findings; overseeing research and activities related to alternative therapeutics; and identifying and following through on opportunities to partner with key stakeholders from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors;
  • Identify key experts from the scientific research, public health, and policymaking communities, and develop and maintain relationships with them, in order to strategically position Pew to achieve policy objectives related to antibiotic discovery and development;
  • Collaborate with Pew colleagues and leadership in the program, philanthropic partnership, legal, finance, and other departments to inform the direction of the scientific discovery work and shepherd initiatives through Pew’s internal approval processes;
  • Serve as a guide to other project staff, sharing technical expertise and professional judgment as needed to ensure the project’s portfolio meets the highest scientific standards;
  • Contribute to and participate in human and animal antibiotic stewardship work, as well as broader Pew-wide projects, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences required. Advanced science degree preferred;
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated research, analytical and communication skills. Antibiotic discovery, lab, and scientific research funding experience preferred; 
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage contracts with external vendors;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and cogently for target audiences (including Pew colleagues, members of the Board, policy makers, scientists, and the public) and serve as liaison to the antibiotic discovery and development community;
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize large amounts of information to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, and identify, understand, and convey different perspectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners, and stakeholders, including from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors;
  • Demonstrated time-management, meeting facilitation, and organizational skills;
  • 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. 

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.


Domestic and/or international travel required up to six times a month. 



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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