• Senior Associate, Philadelphia Policy Exchange

    Location US-PA-Philadelphia
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/29/2018 2:12 PM)
    Job ID
    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.


    The Philadelphia Program
    Through the Philadelphia Program Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable residents, informing discussion on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.

    Position Overview
    The senior associate will support Pew’s efforts to help decision makers and influential stakeholders in the Philadelphia region address key policy challenges by providing them with relevant data and research, and bringing to bear national expertise and examples of policy reforms that have been successful in other cities. The project will concentrate its efforts on areas (1) where Pew has built expertise in our local, state, and national projects; (2) that are recognized by influential constituencies in Philadelphia as important and timely; and (3) where research has shown there are effective policies or practices in other states and localities that could inform Philadelphia’s decisions.


    This initiative will draw on the research and expertise of Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative, which was established to provide data and impartial analysis on issues critical to the city’s future, and the robust national networks of experts that exist within Pew’s D.C.-based state and local government programs. The core element of the project will be an ongoing series of convenings intended to allow relevant local policymakers and stakeholders to engage in candid dialogue with both subject matter authorities who have conducted extensive study on targeted issues and public officials who have innovated and implemented more effective approaches. Our goal for this project is for policymakers to draw on the research and expertise provided by Pew to enact policies, adopt agency practices or make resource allocations in at least two issue areas that will be examined by the project.


    The ideal candidate will have a strong policy background combined with the capacity to coordinate both internal and external logistics and be capable of supporting the design, planning, and execution of convening sessions. The candidate will be knowledgeable about the local policy and political landscape and have the proven ability to support policy conversations and discussions of research with key decision makers. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Finally, the candidate will be able to work with research and policy teams at Pew to synthesize data and existing research and participate in conceiving and drafting original materials for both internal and external consumption.


    The senior associate will report to the director, Philadelphia policy. 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 leadership of the director, support development of strategies for an ongoing series of public and invitation-only gatherings on key fiscal and policy issues facing the Philadelphia region.
    • Support the director, officer, Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative and Pew’s state and local government performance teams to identify the research, national experts, and materials needed to support the project’s goals.
    • Support the day-to-day logistical activities of the project internally and externally, including tracking project schedules and budgets.
    • Assist in designing, planning, and executing meetings including, but not limited to, communication with participants, coordinating with Pew’s conference center, communicating with vendors, drafting invitations, and preparing materials.
    • Support the development and delivery of digital and print products and presentations that convey research findings to key audiences, including policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
    • Support strategy development by tracking changes in public policy, government funding, demographic trends and research and best practices in Philadelphia. Work collaboratively with the Philadelphia research initiative to identify trends, best practices, opportunities and challenges.
    • Assist in managing Salesforce campaigns and sub-campaigns to track the use of research and policy expertise and measure project performance. Support research and policy team with adoption of effective dashboards and metrics tracking.
    • Support communication and project staff by identifying and engaging external stakeholders and new audiences. Help ensure that communication and outreach are well-designed project components, and support and execute these strategies.
    • Contribute to the drafting of written materials for external use.
    • Working with Pew’s legal and government relations teams, ensure that the project is in strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws.
    • Contribute to and participate in broader Philadelphia program and Pew-related projects and activities as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
    • At least four years of applicable experience.
    • Ability to think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time and remain attentive to details.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Ability to write clearly and cogently for internal and public audiences.
    • A strong drive for achieving measurable results.
    • Seasoned judgment with the capacity to make difficult choices, justify recommendations and provide constructive feedback to colleagues and partners.
    • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including community-based nonprofit organizations, policy makers and other potential partners for the program.
    • Ability to work collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and team work.

    The travel is primarily focused on the Philadelphia region. Occasional travel to meetings outside of the region is required.


    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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