• Director, Government Relations (Advocacy Compliance)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/19/2018 4:48 PM)
    Job ID
    Government Relations
    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 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. 


    Director, Lobbying Compliance Pew Government Relations

    Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. In 2010, the department was reorganized and staff that had been spread throughout the institution were consolidated into a single unit. Government Relations is comprised of a senior vice president and five units overseeing advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs and advocacy goals; (2) develop close effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities; (6) monitor, track, review and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; (7) monitor, track, review and approve all lobbying expenses and time entries and prepare relevant international, federal, state and local lobbying reports; and (8) advance the Safe Spaces Initiative to encourage bipartisan interaction between the branches of government.


    Pew's Government Relations Core Team unit supports lobbying and advocacy projects in jurisdictions across the United States and around the world. Government Relations is responsible for, and the Trusts are committed to, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to lobbying. The unit supports the work of GR staff embedded with Pew's program offices and is responsible for institutional lobbying. The unit in Government Relations is headed by the Senior Director. The unit tracks and reviews all lobbying documents and records for completeness and accuracy, reviews contracts and statements involving government officials and manages our eAdvocacy programs. Additionally, the unit prepares regular reports for management which detail Pew's lobbying work and supports business decisions to appropriately allocate resources to maximize Pew's impact while remaining in full compliance with relevant laws.


    Position Overview
    The Director, Government Relations (Advocacy Compliance) will be an integral part of the Government Relations Core Team unit in Washington, DC.  Government Relations has responsibility for the collection of all information for reports filed with the federal, state and international agencies related to advocacy expenses. The Director will manage the department’s compliance system and all staff assigned to assist him/her. In support of this responsibility, the Director will act as a resource to all Pew offices engaged in advocacy to ensure they understand and are in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Further, the Director will be active in supporting the rest of the Government Relations department, including advising staff as noted above but also in providing actionable data to managers throughout the building on lobbying costs and expenses as well as important trends both within and outside of Pew.


    The Director will share with the Senior Vice President and Senior Director, Operations responsibility for the review and approval of documents for the department. These documents include, but are not limited to: contracts, press releases, mass emails sent to government offices, mass emails to our subscribers in the field and advertising. The Director will report to and work closely with the Senior Director, Operations.




    • Set and ensure the success of the annual plan of the lobbying compliance unit as described in the larger work plan of the Government Relations department.
    • Supervise three staff people. Conduct bi-annual reviews of personnel. Supervise all other compliance related activities by staff across the Government Relations department.
    • Direct and oversee staff responsible for preparing and filing all Pew lobbying reports at the international, federal, state and local level. Review and approve all lobbying reports.
    • Direct and oversee staff responsible for the organization’s lobbying registrations and terminations in all jurisdictions.
    • Review/Approve all Exploratory Lobbying Authorizations and Lobbying Registration Authorization submissions.
    • Review and approve all lobbying time entries entered by staff.
    • Review and approve all lobbying expense vouchers and vendor vouchers.
    • Provide quarterly lobbying spending reports to the Executive Office.
    • Provide bi-weekly lobbying dashboard reports to the Senior Vice President Government Relations and the Senior Director, Operations.
    • Review and approve quarterly lobby spending reports to the programmatic Government Relations embeds.
    • Develop and conduct monthly lobbying training sessions for all new staff.
    • Coordinate with the legal compliance team on monitoring systems for lobbying reports, lobbying time entries, lobbying expenses, and trainings.
    • Participate in all new vendor education sessions regarding lobbying.
    • Implement and monitor the vendor scorecard on lobbying compliance.
    • Work with Government Relations staff to develop strategies to achieve government-related campaign goals.
    • In coordination with other Government Relations staff and the Senior Director, Operations, advise on targeted advocacy research efforts needed for specific executive branch agency targets or Members of Congress.
    • Manage with internal compliance projects including Lobbying Disclosure Act and IRS reporting. Ensure adequate institutional records and contacts with government officials in ways that support institutional goals.
    • Oversee the development of and manage a staff who maintain compliance database(s) for Government Relations activities across Pew including by not limited to grants, project funding agreements, contracts, and all other activities measured by relevant IRS, LDA and other mandatory reporting systems in the US and abroad which cover work done by Pew.
    • Assist with Safe Spaces Initiative including the House Chiefs of Staff, Senate Chiefs of Staff, the Judicial Congressional Dialogue and the New Member Orientation Sessions sponsored by Pew.
    • Schedule and attend lobbying or educational visits with staff and members of Congress and the Executive branch. 
    • Track and analyze legislation, regulations, and other policy proposals relevant to Pew.
    • As directed by the Senior Vice President and Senior Director, Operations, review contracts, statements, emails, press releases and other internal documents for compliance with Government Relations' policies.
    • Fully comply with, and assist others in complying with, all relevant disclosure and ethics rules.
    • Liaise with other organizations and trade associations as appropriate or directed by management. Liaise with other Government Relations staff and other Pew programs as requested by the Senior Vice President and Senior Director, Operations. 
    • Handle special projects, conduct legal research and draft memorandum and letters, as requested.
    • Remain current on legal and related issues affecting advocacy by publicly-supported charitable entities. 
    • Develop and implement training systems on behalf of the Government Relations department for all Pew staff engaged in lobbying.
    • Work with the legal affairs team to oversee the Government Relations portion of the enterprise risk management plan.


    • College degree and a minimum of 12 years of work experience, five years of which should be with policymakers and their staff. Law degree preferred.
    • Five years of experience or more managing compliance with federal ethics and disclosure laws.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Minimum of five years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion for a general audience. 
    • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. 
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A strong commitment to producing measurable results. Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet in a cooperative spirit. 
    • Strong writing and research skills.


    Limited travel within the United States.


    Compensation and Benefits
    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 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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