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

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/27/2018 3:55 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 manager for state assistance, the senior associate for state relations will support the state project teams in ensuring strategic, well-planned, and effectively implemented state-based assistance. In addition to working closely with the manager and state teams, the senior associate will also coordinate with Pew’s state strategy group, government relations team, and communications staff.


    The ideal candidate has state or federal legislative experience, 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 collaboration across sectors, complex issues, and 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.


    • In close coordination with the manager, project team, and officer for state relations, participate in identifying, evaluating, and implementing strategies to advance the objectives of each state engagement, including:
      • Assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms.
      • Playing a key role in developing and implementing state outreach strategies.
      • Designing and implementing tailored outreach efforts to help advance policy goals.
      • Preparing regular written reports.
    • Develop and maintain strong collegial relationships with state partners, grantees, contractors, national organizations, and constituencies in the issue area.
    • Participate in the development of plans for communication strategies, project strategies, public education, and, when authorized, lobbying efforts.
    • Contribute to the drafting of selected press releases, op-eds, memos, and speeches.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.
    • Support project team by monitoring time related to various functions as they relate to engagement with state government officials.
    • Provide reports to the manager and team on other Pew teams conducting work in selected states.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field preferred.
    • At least four years’ experience in the public policy, issue and legislative strategy, or campaign field, with working knowledge of health, Medicaid, and/or substance use treatment 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.
    • A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public. A demonstrated ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and other constituencies and supporting their efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
    • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly, concisely, and in a compelling way, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Develops and moves complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented, and collegial environment. Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
    • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.

    Regular domestic travel (average of three to four trips per month) required for meetings and conference.


    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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