The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Stewardship, Philanthropic Partnerships

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/5/2018 4:49 PM)
Job ID
Philanthropic Partnerships
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.


Philanthropic Partnerships (PPG)
Philanthropic Partnerships is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and foundation prospects and donors.


Position Overview
We are seeking a donor relations professional with significant communications and writing experience within a nonprofit organization and/or in the area of fundraising. This position, part of the Donor Relations (DR) team, supports the creation of a large number of sophisticated, comprehensive, and coordinated stewardship activities, primarily complex donor impact reports for individual and organizational donors. The senior associate serves in a project managerial and editorial role—drafting and ensuring high quality and efficient work flow for internal and external communications, including project updates and stewardship reports, as well as other interactions with donors and reports for the board. Strong organizational, project management, and writing skills are central requirements for this position.


The goal of the senior associate position is to maximize and leverage Pew’s partnership potential with funders in order to advance the organization’s most critical projects. The successful candidate will oversee and edit pieces by departmental colleagues and across Pew; understand and implement communication policies and standards; and act as in-house consultant for communications aspects of donor relations projects. To be successful, this individual must independently manage with minimal supervision a variety of donor communication and stewardship priorities; navigate in a complex internal structure; work with multiple levels of management; possess excellent organization and communication skills; demonstrate experience managing people in an indirect reporting relationship; provide training/coaching to colleagues; and work well in a team environment.


This position is located in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and reports to the Project Director, Donor Relations.


  • Work with PPG senior management and fundraisers to oversee the production of uniquely tailored stewardship reports, updates to donors, and other written materials, to help donors better understand their investments with Pew.
  • Ensure communications are of the highest quality and aligned with institutional fundraising strategy and key messages to advance engagement with donors and other high net worth individuals.
  • Work with PPG’s senior management to conceptualize and prepare documents, including quarterly reports, written background materials, and monthly narrative updates for the CEO and Pew board.
  • Manage timelines for written projects and keep colleagues on track for successful completion; as needed conduct meetings with PPG and other Pew staff (internal clients) to seamlessly coordinate project completion. 
  • Support special projects and requests related to donor stewardship from PPG and the executive office, including developing unique donor recognition packages.
  • Stay up-to-date on donor stewardship trends and philanthropy; have a thorough understanding and knowledge of best practices in peer and leading institutions; and serve as a resource to others. 
  • Be an expert in understanding Pew, its work, and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of financial support; and create prospect and donor communications that are compelling and connected to the core priorities of the institution. 
  • Other duties, as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; skills associated with completion of a graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience, with emphasis on donor stewardship and communication in the public policy, nonprofit, or fundraising arena. 
  • Diplomatic outlook; able to provide guidance and critical feedback to—and secure buy-in from—senior professionals.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills (including editing and proofreading), expert knowledge of grammar, usage, and communications strategies, and the ability to understand and translate Pew’s mission and projects for a donor audience with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness; 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, to manage tasks for multiple projects at different stages simultaneously, and a strong capacity to track details are required.
  • Strong relationship and partnership orientation; respect for teamwork and values communication and coordination with colleagues with an institution-wide view.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to suggest new approaches, establish and implement systems, and identify resources to support our work. 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook); ability to create attractive documents, simple charts, and spreadsheets. 
  • Ability to learn technology used at Pew, including Salesforce. 
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite for document design, with some experience with Adobe InDesign, preferred.

Additional skills critical

  • Ability to learn quickly and undertake and execute tasks efficiently.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems.
  • Strong work ethic. 
  • High attention to detail, particularly facts and figures. 
  • Takes pride in both the quality and accuracy of all work
  • Maintains a customer service demeanor at all times. 
  • Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. 
  • Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.

Minimal travel anticipated.


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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