The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Project Director, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/26/2018 5:00 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 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.


    In particular, the project provides direct, in-depth technical assistance by invitation of states interested in improving access to evidence-based, high-quality treatment for people with substance use disorders. The project also conducts advocacy in 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
    Based in Pew's Washington, DC, office and reporting to the director of health care programs, the project director of Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative will ensure the effective execution of programmatic goals. This individual directs all project advocacy and research work, develops and executes strategies to achieve project goals, and manages Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative team.


    The ideal candidate will: have deep knowledge of the state policy landscape relevant to treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), including, but not limited to, Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, single-state agency programs and provider accreditation; understand the relationship of these policies to the delivery system and the ability of individuals to access high-quality treatment; understand the intersection of federal programs and policies with state-level programs; be able to speak to the evidence of various treatment models; and be able to understand and reflect the perspectives of clinicians, counselors and the recovery support community.

    The project director will also work closely with staff from other Pew departments, including communications, government relations, research, and the state strategy group. 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.


    • Oversee Pew’s team that provides technical assistance to states. The work includes: selecting the states that the team will work with, building relationships in the states, identifying policies for the states to implement to improve access to high-quality treatment, and working with the state to implement the recommendations. 
    • Maintain and develop relationships with other organizations focused on opioid misuse, offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, foundations, and other key stakeholders.
    • Identify opportunities to advance federal policy consistent with the project’s goals and work with the government relations team to execute the strategies. 
    • Serve as a spokesperson for the project and represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, and official forums.
    • Oversee the development of vendor contracts, project funding agreements for partner organizations, and consultants related to project activities.
    • Identify opportunities and develop proposals for potential outside funders of Pew’s work related to substance use. 
    • Work with Pew’s communications staff to ensure appropriate communications strategies are developed and implemented.
    • Manage a staff of up to 10 people. 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 outcomes. 
    • Sustain an informed awareness of topics related to substance use prevention and treatment, including maintaining a thorough understanding of national and state initiatives related to the issue.
    • 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 ten years of directly related professional experience, including demonstrated project management skills and previous experience implementing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy. Two or more years of work on opioids at the federal, state, or community level. 
    • Minimum of three years of supervisory/management experience including experience managing performance, providing feedback, and mentoring through career development advice and counsel.
    • Strong track record of managing staff and budgets
    • Demonstrated strong analytical and research skills. Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue as well as identifying, understanding, and integrating different policy perspectives.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to briefly summarize issues and recommendations. Clear writing style and effective public speaking skills.
    • Track record of developing and leading successful convenings of diverse stakeholders.
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information, focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, and identify the means to address it. 
    • Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and others. Excellent listening skills.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

    Overnight travel at least one time per month for meetings, conferences, and in-state work.


    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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