• Senior Associate, Innovation, Antibiotic Resistance Project

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/21/2018 11:50 AM)
    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 antibiotic resistance project works to combat antibiotic resistance by developing and advancing research and policy to reduce the use of antibiotics in people and in food animal production and to spur the innovation of new antibiotics.


    Position Overview:
    The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, will inform and influence public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This will include developing subject matter expertise in antibiotic discovery and development, participating in the execution of the project’s research and outreach plans, analyzing proposals to spur antibiotic discovery and development, and assisting with convening meetings and stakeholder communications.

    Reporting to the manager, antibiotic resistance project-innovation, the senior associate will work closely with the senior officer, innovation, and other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. 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.


    Under the direction of the innovation manager and guidance of other staff:
    • Maintain and update Pew’s existing analysis of the antibiotic and nontraditional products pipelines, tracking the development of antibiotics and nontraditional products that may address unmet medical need or urgent threat pathogens, working closely with scientific experts to validate results.
    • Contribute to the implementation of the Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge (SPARK), providing support as needed to ensure project milestones are met.
    • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise by tracking and analyzing scientific and policy developments and monitoring positions of influential stakeholders on related scientific and policy issues.
    • Contribute to research efforts focused on key scientific and policy issues related to antibiotic discovery and development.
    • Collaborate with communications and government relations colleagues to prepare relevant materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
    • Assist in planning and implementing stakeholder convenings.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed


    • A bachelor’s degree in a science, policy, or health-related discipline required. Professional or advanced degree in a science, policy, or health-related discipline preferred.
    • Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in science, health care policy, or research.
    • Knowledge of the field of antibiotic discovery and development preferred.
    • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
    • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
    • Excellent oral communication skills, including an ease in conveying complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for policy and general audiences.
    • Excellent written and editing skills, including a proven ability to learn and adopt new writing styles as required.
    • 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.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.


    This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.


    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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