The Pew Charitable Trusts

Associate I, Strategy and Operations

3 months ago
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Program-Strategy & Operations
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.


Pew’s program division consolidates all of Pew’s programmatic initiatives, with the exception of the Research Center, into one department. The division organizes its work into seven portfolios: environment-Americas, environment-international, federal government performance, Philadelphia, research and science, state and local government performance, and strategy and operations.


Pew’s project development and strategy team, within program’s strategy and operations division, identifies and explores new public policy issues in which Pew might play a role, develops strategies and initiatives to address these issues, and works with existing programs and projects to review and revise existing strategies and initiatives, as appropriate.

Position Overview:
This associate I, strategy and operations position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, will report to the manager, project development and strategy team. The associate will work with the project development and strategy team to develop new ideas and strategic plans for Pew’s projects. In addition, the associate will work closely with the vice president, strategy and operations, on efforts to effectively deploy Pew’s skills, expertise and resources as well as on special projects related to institutional priorities.


The associate will help the project development and strategy team to identify possible issues for exploration as well as evaluate ideas generated by others. The associate will assist explorations by scanning the field and undertaking research on the issue; interviewing external and internal experts; preparing updates for program management; and ensuring the process is timely and effective. The associate also will help respond to inquiries from Pew leadership or others that require limited research and a relatively fast turnaround.

The ideal candidate will have strong research and analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly on new topics. The position requires adaptability, creativity, and initiative.


  • Work with Pew staff and outside experts to generate ideas for new lines of public policy work across Pew’s program interests, including hosting idea labs and testing new concepts.
  • Collect and synthesize information on trends in government, legislative proposals and actions, media coverage, research issued by academics and think tanks, background information on new initiatives and strategies and other explorations that could help Pew advance and refine its work.
  • Conduct short-term research projects and explorations as needed to respond to inquiries. 
  • Support development of multi-year strategic plans (including compelling narratives), clear deliverables, project budgets, and staffing requirements, among other components of new projects.
  • Work closely with the vice president and project development and strategy team to develop and manage systems to support Pew initiatives and monitor the progress of projects, strategies and tactics and related budgets.
  • Coordinate with the vice president on the board renewal process for current operating programs; including, strategic planning, research, and drafting/editing of board documents.
  • Attend meetings of Pew projects and other forums and write up synopses.
  • Support the vice president and leadership by developing, writing and editing memos for internal audiences and presentations for use in public forums in collaboration with communications staff, external writers and other consultants.
  • Contribute to and participate in other tasks throughout strategy and operations as well as broader Trusts-related projects and activities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least one year of professional work experience in the public policy arena.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner for a general audience.
  • Data visualization or information graphics skills a plus.
  • A detail-oriented style with a focus on achieving desired results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners, grantees and others who contribute to the effectiveness of the organization.
  • Recognized ability to work under pressure and to meet concurrent deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including resourcefulness in identifying and gathering relevant information and an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Working knowledge of government and public policy implementation and a deep interest in improving its performance.
  • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork; proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.


Minimal overnight travel for occasional 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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