The Pew Charitable Trusts

Coordinator, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/7/2018 2:18 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 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 project provides direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high-quality treatment for people with substance use disorders. The project also conducts advocacy in states and Washington, DC, 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
The position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project director. The coordinator will provide project management, operations support, and meeting and event planning to support the project. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in project management and proven problem-solving skills. The position works closely with all members of the project team as well as staff from other Pew departments and has a set timeframe that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.



  • Collaborate with the project director and managers to develop and oversee project schedules that ensure timely completion of publications and other work products. Ensure compliance with Pew policies and procedures for those activities. 
  • Identify and implement opportunities to streamline and improve overall project operations.
  • Serve as a liaison between project staff, Pew’s legal and operations staff, and external vendors to support the development and execution of contracts. Track successful completion of contract deliverables. 
  • Work with project staff and staff in meetings with government relations, legal, communications, and other Pew divisions to coordinate the planning and execution of internal and external events, such as stakeholder convenings and workshops. Coordinate development of materials to support these events, including preparing background materials, participant badges, signs and other materials. 
  • In consultation with state technical assistance staff, develop itineraries and schedule meetings with stakeholders to optimize the efficiency of in-state trips. Assist in making travel and event arrangements and other logistics as needed. 
  • Assist with internal reporting functions, including drafting descriptions of planned or completed work for reports to the board of directors, philanthropic partners, and senior health program staff. 
  • Participate in publication and other product development, including conducting web searches, formatting references, and performing light editing. 
  • Perform environmental scanning to identify and distribute media, publications, and event information and other items of interest to the project team. Prepare and distribute daily media clips. 
  • Create meeting minutes, as requested, including identifying items for follow-up.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


  • An associate’s degree is required. 
  • Minimum of a year of directly related professional experience.
  • Demonstrated project- and time-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. 
  • Responsiveness to internal and external requests and correspondence. Demonstrated business judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proofreading) and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly using correct grammar. 
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork. 
  • Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems and processes. Asks appropriate questions to facilitate work being completed. 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products and electronic calendar systems is required. Ability to quickly learn software.

This position may require occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.

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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