The Pew Charitable Trusts

Associate I, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative (Technical Assistance)

2 weeks ago
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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, 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 substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that 1) reduce the inappropriate use of prescription opioids while ensuring that patients have access to effective pain management and 2) expand access to effective treatment for substance use disorders, including through increased use of drug and non-drug therapies for withdrawal management, treatment, and long-term recovery.

The substance use prevention and treatment initiative team provides state-based technical assistance to expand access and improve the quality of substance use disorder treatment. To inform this work, the team also conducts and publishes research and other information on the evidence-based and emerging practices. The team comes from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with policy, advocacy, and research experience.


Position Overview:

The Associate I, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, will report to the Manager, Technical Assistance, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative. Working closely with the Project Director, State Strategy Group, Government Relations, Communications and other Pew departments, the Associate I will be dedicated to the technical assistance of one or more states. The work will include participating in the development and implementation of Pew’s state campaigns to expand access to effective treatment for substance use disorders by completing policy analyses, conducting key informant interviews, and planning and facilitating stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events. The Associate I will also assist with special assignments, including identifying and analyzing emerging issues related to substance use disorders.


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.


  • In collaboration with other team members, advance the project’s goal of enacting state-level reforms by providing technical assistance to states on substance use disorder prevention and treatment with special attention to opioid use and alcohol use disorders. 
  • Identify and develop relationships with in-state stakeholders from the public health, public safety, research, and policymaking communities to advance the goals of the project. 
  • Assess the readiness of selected states for reforms through analysis of publicly available information including data, policies and other published documents.
  • Monitor key activities of federal and state governments, academia, and advocacy groups that relate to substance use disorder prevention and treatment. 
  • Develop and maintain strong collegial relationships with partners, grantees, contractors and other leading organizations and constituencies in the issue area.
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and implementing stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events both at Pew and in selected states; ensure all notes and materials from these events are gathered and distributed to colleagues. 
  • Participate in the development of presentations and talking points to support internal and external communications.
  • Represent Pew at meetings with stakeholders, including government officials, with utmost professionalism and the ability to discuss the subject matter with ease. 
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks for the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed


  • A bachelor’s degree is required; preferably in a field related to public policy or public health.
  • Minimum of one year of directly related professional experience in public policy, research, or issue-based advocacy with preference for experience in substance use disorders or state policy.
  • Strong ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media and the public is required with examples of previous documents available upon request.
  • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize information and identify themes.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated project-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details. 
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork. 


Moderate overnight travel for meetings and conferences as part of the state’s technical assistance

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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