The Pew Charitable Trusts

Officer, Health Care Products

2 months ago(11/7/2017 3:46 PM)
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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, 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.


Project Description:
Pew’s health programs utilize research and critical analysis to improve the public’s health and well-being. The healthcare products project works to enhance the safety and effectiveness of medical products routinely purchased by Americans, including compounded drugs, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and other products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Position Overview:
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, will inform and influence public policy regarding medical products. The officer will take the lead on coordinating and managing policy analysis and research for the project, translate findings to support advocacy as appropriate, lead stakeholder meetings, and maintain internal and external communications. Reporting to the project director, the officer will work closely with communications, government relations, contracts and operations, and other projects at Pew. 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.


  • Identify and assess opportunities to target appropriate policy and regulatory levers, achieve consensus among key stakeholders, overcome data gaps, and advance policy objectives.
  • Work with project management to develop strategic goals and action plans to achieve the goals.
  • Draft and supervise the publication of products that describe and assess policies that affect FDA’s regulatory authority as it relates to project goals.
  • Present to varied audiences including media, government policy makers and their staff, and other key stakeholders. This includes presenting at conferences, convenings, and in print and online media platforms. Serve as a media spokesperson for Pew.
  • In coordination with the project director, cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, including consumer and patient organizations, medical professional societies, pharmaceutical and dietary supplement manufacturers, compounding pharmacists and outsourcing facilities, and, in coordination with government relations colleagues, key officials from FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other relevant government entities. 
  • Advise project researchers and assist with research as necessary to support project goals and publications. Ensure relevant contract deliverables are complete, accurate, and timely. 
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of issues related to FDA policy and other related policy areas, such as Federal Trade Commission regulation of product advertising and Department of Justice enforcement actions.
  • Provide guidance to project staff in conducting research and preparing presentations, publications, and other written products.
  • Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Trusts-related projects and activities as requested. 



  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated advocacy, policy development, and writing skills. Experience in FDA policy preferred, experience in health policy required.
  • Experience writing clear and cogent materials that synthesize scientific and policy issues for internal audiences, policy makers, the media, and the public. 
  • Strong verbal communication skills and experience presenting to small and large audiences and representing organizational work to range of stakeholders.
  • Experience synthesizing and summarizing large amounts of information, focusing quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as identifying, understanding, and synthesizing different policy perspectives.
  • Experience working with academics, nonprofits, and other entities conducting policy analysis and synthesizing and translating research into policy recommendations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive, collaborative relationships with staff, various departments, consultants, and external partners.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.

Overnight travel as required for meetings and conferences.


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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