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.
The strategy portfolio, housed within Pew’s program department, helps to inform critical institutional and program decision making, strengthen the design and implementation of Pew’s work, and generate knowledge that advances Pew’s program objectives. We pursue this goal by: (1) enhancing the organization’s efforts to generate ideas for new initiatives and larger bodies of work; (2) applying a wide range of planning approaches that help turn ideas into effective action; (3) using evaluation to improve program performance and inform decision making; (4) ensuring that staff have access to information that meets their needs to design, implement, and manage high performing strategies, initiatives, and campaigns; and (5) collaborating with colleagues in preparing a wide range of planning and other types of documents for consideration by Pew’s board of directors.
Program planning is a unit within strategy that provides: (1) planning support for existing projects, applying a range of planning approaches that enhance the organization’s capacity to undertake projects that achieve programmatic and institutional goals; (2) planning review of strategic program documents, including guidance and feedback to the vice president, strategy, and executive vice president, program, about the suitability of planning proposals; (3) management of Pew’s annual program planning process; (4) content support, scheduling, communications oversight for program board documents; and (5) support for program budget tracking and compliance. Program planning also coordinates with a partner unit—program development—on exploration of new ideas generated by existing initiatives.
The senior officer will develop and manage a diverse range of projects and provide counsel to program staff on strategy design for high-profile initiatives, with a focus on federal, state, and local government performance projects operated by Pew. In partnership with program planning colleagues, the senior officer will: (a) assist with the creation of multi-year strategic plans in accordance with the organization’s robust programmatic standards; (b) analyze program reports in relation to approved strategies and recommend options for strengthening them; (c) be a resourceful and trusted liaison between program VPs and staff and the planning director; and (d) acquire substantial expertise in a range of issue areas and operating approaches at Pew to further build strategy’s capacity to collaborate with program staff. The individual will strengthen program planning and lead internal efforts that advance decision making by Pew’s board and senior management.
The position requires considerable experience in strategic planning, helping to define observable projected results and tracking progress of multi-faceted projects, as well as familiarity with advocacy initiatives to improve government performance and with public policy issues at the federal, state, and local government levels. The candidate will possess highly developed, practiced inter-personal and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to build positive and productive relationships with content experts and be able to work effectively and sensitively with leading professionals from a broad range of fields both inside and outside Pew. The senior officer, based in Washington, DC, reports to the director, program planning.
Travel on an occasional basis within and outside the United States should be expected.
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.