The Pew Charitable Trusts

Officer, Project on Student Borrower Success

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/28/2017 12:04 PM)
Job ID
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 Overview:
Pew’s new project on student borrower success will be an operating project of the Trusts that seeks to promote successful repayment of student loan debt, especially among those borrowers at greatest risk of delinquency and default. It will pursue evidence-based federal policy and regulatory reforms that increase the number of borrowers in income-based repayment plans and improve student loan servicing. Over a four-year period, our efforts will involve an array of activities and tactics, including research to build the evidence base for reform; coalition-building; grassroots networking; communications and media outreach strategies; convenings; policy maker and public education; and direct lobbying.


Position Overview:
The officer, based in the Washington, DC, office, is responsible for designing and advancing high-level campaign strategy and developing and maintaining bipartisan contacts and relationships. S/he will identify political opportunities, forge diverse partnerships, and implement systematic advocacy plans with the goal of securing policy objectives. The officer will report to the director of the campaign, and 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.


  • Represent Pew and the campaign in key political meetings including with members of Congress, the administration, and the Department of Education.
  • Work with other project staff and paid contractors or lobbyists to develop and implement proactive strategies that advance the campaign’s policy recommendations. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key decision-makers within Congress, the administration, and the Department of Education to support advancement of Pew’s reforms. 
  • Develop and maintain contacts and relationships with loan servicing companies, working to understand their priorities, identify areas of mutual interest, and, where possible, work collaboratively to advance reforms that improve borrower outcomes.
  • Build and mobilize an extensive, geographically diverse grassroots coalition and establish, foster and manage cooperative working relationships with a broad cross-section of stakeholders as necessary to achieve the project goals.
  • Maintain a broad understanding of student debt research by Pew and influential thought leaders, as well as the tactics, goals and strategies of other Pew campaigns and key stakeholders, in order to integrate that information into evolving strategic plans.
  • Significantly contribute to the project’s media and public outreach. Represent the campaign publicly at conferences, media events, and official forums and serve as a spokesperson for the campaign and organization. Ensure that communications and outreach are used strategically to advance the project’s overall goals. 
  • Ensure that all campaign work is consistent with Pew policies and guidelines and work collaboratively with other Pew teams to achieve project goals, including government relations, communications, and legal.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience required. Experience in developing and leading successful federal issue advocacy campaigns is vital. Experience with federal policy development and advocacy related to higher education is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated strong analytic and strategic skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and institutions with varied political and policy goals and conceptualize win-win scenarios to satisfy multiple agendas and stakeholders.
  • Exhibits skills of diplomacy; clear bi-partisan orientation. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that may disagree with or be in competition with one another.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive and clear with colleagues and partners.
  • Highly collaborative; able to work within a team that values collegiality and information sharing.


Once or twice per month (on average) to attend conferences or meetings, or to collaborate with the grassroots network.


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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