The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Philadelphia Program

5 months ago(8/14/2017 4:39 PM)
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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, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, 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.


The Philadelphia Program
Through the Philadelphia Program Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s neediest residents, informing policy discussions on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.


Position Overview
The Senior Associate, under the guidance of the Senior Officer, Philadelphia Program, will provide cross-cutting operational support to the Philadelphia Program, and will make significant contributions to the team by preparing grant requests for Pew board consideration and monitoring existing projects that have been approved by the board.


  • Under the direction of the Senior Officer, monitor a portfolio of grants to more than 20 organizations with which Pew has long-standing relationships and that do important work in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Attend meetings, conduct site visits and read grantee submissions in order to monitor existing grants and programs and evaluate their results against objectives. Work closely with grantees to identify and address problems/issues that may affect their performance.
  • Conduct background research, synthesize findings and help Philadelphia program staff conceptualize new project ideas and plans. Assist program staff in the development and management of grant and project requests by drafting internal documents for board review, tracking project deliverables and payments, and engaging with grantees throughout their grant periods to monitor progress. Help ensure that grant requests to be submitted for approval are complete, accurate and timely. 
  • Work with the Philadelphia program staff to respond to external requests for funding. Assist in the analysis of proposed projects by assessing alignment with the Trusts’ goals and interests, strength of organization and/or management capacity, and funding needs. Work with applicants to refine objectives, plans, budgets, reporting, and payment schedules.
  • Assist Senior Officer and Vice President in coordinating and facilitating the Philadelphia Program’s departmental systems and processes, including: tracking annual budget commitments, quarterly submission of board documents, and ongoing responses to internal institutional deliverables; managing the Philadelphia Program’s preparation of annual plans for presentation to board; and, supporting the program as a liaison to other program and operational units within Pew. 
  • Assist in drafting content for internal audiences, including board materials, monthly board briefings, newsletters, etc. Contribute to a high level of quality and accuracy in all of Pew’s work and participate fully in Pew’s rigorous internal quality control process.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of Philadelphia issues. Attend meetings, conferences, briefings, round tables, and other events related to Philadelphia Program interests to stay abreast of new subject areas and project ideas.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the Philadelphia Program as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed. 


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred. 
  • At least four years of relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, issues of importance to Philadelphia. 
  • Ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, remain attentive to details, meet multiple deadlines, and identify resources for projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proofreading) and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner. 
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants and external partners. Excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, teamwork with a focus on process and achievement.


It is anticipated that the Senior Associate will undertake a nominal amount of travel, including conferences and meetings.


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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