• Senior Director, State and Local Government Performance

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 5 months ago(10/1/2018 2:17 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance-State & Local
    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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    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.


    State and Local Government Performance:
    State and local government performance (SLGP), one of the seven program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective policy approaches that improve state and local government policy. SLGP researches emerging topics, develops data-driven reports and highlights innovative approaches to complex problems. SLGP initiatives currently focus on five areas: (1) positioning policymakers to make decisions that are in the best interest of state and local government’s long-term fiscal health; (2) making state and local government pension plans healthy and sustainable; (3) improving state and local government’s public safety performance; (4) modernizing the civil legal system; and (5) increasing access to effective oral health care.


    SLGP makes use of the basic tools required to help explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue: credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify and apply approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.

    SLGP is led by a vice president and two senior directors (this position description pertains to one of these two positions) who provide oversight over select projects within the portfolio.


    Position Overview

    The senior director oversees three current projects:  civil legal system modernization, dental health, and public safety performance.  Each of these conducts data analysis and produces research to inform critical policy debates, provides technical assistance, and manages advocacy campaigns that deliver meaningful policy reforms, and considers how technology can be brought to bear on particular public policy challenges. Together, the combined budget of these projects exceeds $15 million annually and encompass approximately 50 staff.


    In addition to overseeing these projects, the senior director draws on his/her understanding of federal, state, and local government strategy and practice and experience in a range of domestic policy areas to partner with the vice president and second senior director to set overarching strategy for the portfolio, generate new project ideas, and collaborate with program colleagues to plan for how to operationalize new initiatives.


    The senior director, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the vice president, state and local government performance.


    • Provide strategic guidance to position the leaders of the three teams to realize the project objectives, build cohesive teams, and ensure professional development and mentoring of staff.
    • Strategize full life-cycle of project initiatives including standing up new ones, providing leadership and direction through different phases, and leading planning for wind down, hand-off or closeout of projects.
    • Partner with second senior director, the project director of the state strategy group, the manager of the portfolio’s administrative support services, and SLGP VP to plan, develop, and execute a strategic vision for Pew’s relationship with state and local government.
    • Collaborate with leaders in SLGP and the program and strategy team on the development of materials for the board of directors.
    • Work with project directors to build and maintain a culture of excellence and accountability, establish positive and productive teamwork, effectively manage and coach individual staff, provide appropriate opportunities for professional development and acculturate them to Pew.
    • Oversee operational aspects of the portfolio and ensure that program staff are complying with institutional policies and procedures. Ensure appropriate staff receive lobby training and teams have sufficient systems in place to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local lobbying and ethics laws.
    • Engage with operations counterparts to review program’s role in existing processes and identify opportunities to further enhance systems and streamline protocols.
    • Review funding proposals and reports, job descriptions, staff promotion and award nominations, news releases, media statements, publications, and other work products generated by staff. Approve project letters of agreement, per the delegation of authority policy, and review other project contracts prior to approval by vice president.
    • Partner with vice president and Pew’s philanthropic partnerships group to cultivate relationships with potential donors (i.e., both foundations and individuals) for the purpose of securing financial resources needed to achieve program objectives.
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with associations of government officials, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other key individuals and institutions.
    • Participate on program’s management team.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the program department as assigned and participate in Pew-wide projects as requested.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field, such as public policy or law, preferred.
    • Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in related field, with responsibility for strategic planning, idea development, project management, and a sophisticated understanding of the formulation of policy is required.
    • Minimum of 8 years of experience managing and developing public policy campaigns and talented advocacy and policy teams, including direct supervisory experience managing performance management processes for direct reports, providing career development advice and counsel for direct reports, and oversight of these responsibilities for their teams.
    • 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.
    • Experience running multiple projects and programs concurrently preferred.
    • A strong results orientation, with a track record of solving problems creatively.
    • Media-savvy and politically astute.
    • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; an excellent listener who has the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of people and institutions.
    • Persuasive and effective at “selling” ideas and gaining support and commitment for initiatives from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects.
    • Excellent time- and project-management skills. Highly flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
    • The ability to make decisions after contemplating various courses of action, justify recommendations, and to be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
    • Strong operational management acumen. Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution.
    • Ability to fit into the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of Pew, which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.


    Occasional domestic travel to develop and manage partnerships, attend conferences and meetings, and perform other business.


    Total Rewards
    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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