• Manager, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative (Project Management/Public Health Policy)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/2/2018 6:01 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance-Federal
    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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    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
    The Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative works to evelop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The project does this by providing direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high-quality treatment for people with substance use disorders and implement other strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Additionally, the project highlights and disseminates innovative community-based strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Finally, the project conducts advocacy in Washington, D.C., to achieve its programmatic objectives. 
    To inform this work, the project conducts and publishes research and other information on evidence-based and emerging practices and maintains relationships with external experts and other stakeholders. The team comes from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with policy, advocacy and research experience.
    Position Overview 
    Based in Pew's Washington, DC office and reporting to the Project Director for the Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative, the Manager, will provide project, resource and personnel management with a focus on management of staff, oversight of project budgets, vendor management, developing research, publications, and other analyses that advance the project’s federal goals and state technical assistance. This work will include editing fact sheets, research reports, presentations, talking points and other communications; and defining and overseeing research conducted by Pew and external vendors. A background in or an understanding of substance use disorder policies as implemented across federal, state and local levels is preferred, but is not required. Experience in a public health policy organization is strongly preferred. 
    The Manager will work closely with all members of the project team as well as staff from other Pew departments, including Research, Government Relations, State Strategy, Finance and Communications. 
    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.


    • Manage workflow, delegate project tasks, and ensure timely execution and quality of work conducted. Manage staff and vendors associated with each project.
    • Manage staff, including an Associate Manager, Senior Associates and Associates. Create growth opportunities for staff, coach and mentor their professional development, drive change for improving their skills and technical knowledge and provide regular feedback for individual performance outcome. 
    • Liaise with Pew operations departments to further project goals, including managing budgets, expenses, contracts, and sub-grants that advance the project’s policy and analysis goals.
    • Manage the development and implementation of all original research projects and integrate relevant external research into the project’s strategy and publications.
    • Participate in developing the project’s strategic direction and campaign strategy, including collaborating with the Project Director and Manager, Technical Assistance in the identification of key policy issues and development of research, advocacy and communication products and strategies to advance the project’s goals. 
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned. Participate in Pew-wide projects as requested.


    • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in public health, public policy, or other related areas preferred. 
    • Minimum of eight years directly related professional experience, including demonstrated full life cycle project management skills and previous experience implementing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy. Experience working with organizations that publish reports and/or research is highly preferred.
    • Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • Seasoned judgment and the ability to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear and firm with consultants, colleagues and partners. 
    • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, and identify the means to address it. 
    • Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills. An ability to convey complex ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and appropriately depending upon the audience.
    • Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and others. Excellent listening skills.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.


    Overnight or short duration travel as required for meetings and conferences.


    Compensation and Benefits
    As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and 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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