• Officer, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative (State Relations)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/27/2018 4:00 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 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.


    Project Overview
    The substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The project does this by providing direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high-quality treatment for people with substance use disorders and implement other strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Additionally, the project highlights and disseminates innovative community-based strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Finally, the project 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 project director, the officer will support the project in ensuring strategic, well-planned, and effectively implemented state-based work. In addition to working closely with the project director and state technical assistance teams, the officer also coordinates with Pew’s state strategy group, government relations team, and communications staff.


    The ideal candidate will have state or federal legislative experience, in-depth knowledge of executive branch operations, and/or an educational background in public policy or a related field; knowledge of public health, Medicaid, and/or substance use treatment policy; and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, and extensive writing. 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 the implementation and evaluation of strategies to advance substance use initiatives. This includes:
      • Lead the process of assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms and partnering with Pew, and obtaining a formal invitation for Pew’s model.
      • Determine execution plan and timeframes for assessment and engagement of new states.
      • Identify and build relationships with key state leaders, including legislators, executive branch officials, and other stakeholders.
      • Develop and maintain strong collegial relationships with state partners, grantees, contractors, national organizations, and constituencies in the issue area.
      • Aid Pew’s policy leads in building relationships with key state leaders, including legislators, executive branch officials, and other stakeholders.
      • Identify and set measurable goals and deadlines for state engagements; for those that are at risk of not meeting their goals, identify the cause and take appropriate steps to remedy the problem and keep the project on course.
      • Design and implement tailored outreach efforts to outside organizations to help advance policy goals for all SUPTI projects.
      • Mentor the senior associate for state relations.
      • Identify and manage in-state consultants for SUPTI’s state-based work.
      • Prepare regular oral and written reports.
      • Ensure team compliance with requirements regarding the reporting of lobbying.
    • In order to ensure coordinated efforts across Pew projects, serve as a liaison to other state-facing departments at Pew, including but not limited to: communications, government relations, and state strategy group.
    • Develop and maintain strong collegial relationships with partners, grantees, contractors, and other lead organizations and constituencies in the issue area.
    • Coordinating with the director, identify and vet consultants and firms and negotiate and manage contracts and letters of agreement that clearly achieve program objectives and are cost-effective.
    • Draft selected press releases, op-eds, memos, and speeches around state engagements.
    • Contribute political perspective when reviewing policy documents and reports.
    • Coordinate with Pew communications staff on messaging and media strategy to help ensure that communication and outreach are well-designed components of the state engagement and serve broader institutional goals.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in public health, public policy, or other related areas preferred.
    • At least eight 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.
    • 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.
    • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear, and firm with consultants, colleagues, and partners. Excellent listening skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
    • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and identify the means to address it.
    • Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills. An ability to convey complex ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and appropriately depending upon the audience.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

    Regular domestic travel (2-3 trips per month) for meetings and conferences.


    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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