The Pew Charitable Trusts

Director, Government Relations

US-DC-Washington
3 months ago
Job ID
2017-5220
Department
Government Relations
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Overview

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.

 

Government Relations:
Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. Government Relations is comprised of a Senior Vice President and units that oversee advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely, and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs, and advocacy goals; (2) develop close, effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration, and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities, (6) monitor, track, review, and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials, including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; and (7) ensure full compliance by Pew with all applicable regulations related to lobbying and advocacy.

Position Overview:
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the Senior Vice President, Government Relations. The Director, Government Relations is responsible for managing a team of professionals who develop and manage federal legislative strategies for various advocacy and research projects in Pew’s Federal Government Performance, State and Local Government Performance, and Research and Science program portfolios, and will coordinate closely with Pew’s State Strategy Group on goals and responsibilities of mutual interest. He/she will also develop and maintain Pew partnerships with national organizations that assist program teams in meeting their policy goals. The Director will oversee outreach to federal officials in the executive and legislative branches, in close collaboration with individual project directors, the communications and state teams, and other Pew staff including research and development. The Director will develop and maintain strong working relationships with key members and staff in Congress and executive branch agencies. The Director and his/her team will serve as a resource for program staff from the earliest stage of developing project goals through the steps of pursuing the enactment or adoption of Pew’s objectives.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, in collaboration with department leadership and project directors, and manage strategies for federal legislative advocacy in support of specified policy goals of Federal Government Performance, State and Local Government Performance, and Research and Science program teams. 
  • Supervise government relations staff in collaboration with managers of individual projects, including mentoring, professional development of staff, and performance evaluations. 
  • Following established strategy, develop and implement effective outreach to bring project policy goals to the attention of elected and appointed federal and state policymakers, including direct contact, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities. 
  • Develop and manage national coalitions and partnerships in support of program policy goals including working with project teams to promote each project’s goals and identifying partners who can play a critical role in advancing the goals of the initiative. 
  • With program and other Pew colleagues, develop a strong identity for Pew initiatives with key players in the U.S. Congress and federal executive branch. Work to raise the profile, credibility, and influence of Pew and its initiatives among these constituencies. 
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with congressional offices and serve as a liaison for federal and congressional staff as well as state advocacy leaders on federal policies. 
  • Serve as a connector between Federal Government Performance, State and Local Government Performance, and Research and Science teams and Pew Government Relations, helping drive the use of GR’s “e-Advocacy” tools in support of program goals, providing informed direction on lobbying compliance, liaising directly with GR’s compliance team, ensuring that federal advocacy efforts are coordinated with other Pew projects, and contributing to planning advocacy efforts across the organization. 
  • Manage system for tracking institutional lobbying within Federal Government Performance as well as State and Local Government Performance in close collaboration with the legal department and GR’s compliance team. 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. 
  • A minimum of 12 years of professional experience in government relations, government service, federal and state campaigns, and/or social policy advocacy, demonstrating a high level of understanding of state and federal policy development; state-level experience is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel. 
  • 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.
  • Experience working with a variety of public and private-sector officials, and a strong network of contacts with government officials, including members of Congress and their staff and state legislative staff, across the political spectrum. An ability to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes. 
  • Excellent political skills and judgment, demonstrated leadership and management ability, and strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with a range of diverse interests. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with national partners. 
  • Strategic thinker. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and experience interacting with the media. 
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing staff. 

Compensation:
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.

 

Travel:
It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel domestically and to the Trusts’ Philadelphia offices as needed.

  

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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