• Associate, Government Relations

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/29/2018 12:32 PM)
    Job ID
    Government Relations
    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.


    Government Relations
    Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. In 2010, the department was reorganized and staff that had been spread throughout the institution were consolidated into a single unit. Government Relations is comprised of a Senior Vice President and four units overseeing advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs and advocacy goals; (2) develop close effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities, (6) monitor, track, review and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; and (7) ensure full compliance by Pew with all applicable regulations related to lobbying and advocacy.


    Position Overview
    The Associate is an integral part of the Government Relations team and will have responsibilities in all areas of government relations coordination in support of a broad range of federal and state and local government performance projects. This includes communicating with Congressional staff and staff for state government officials, producing materials for distribution to government staff and policymakers, and other support efforts as needed. This position will report to the Director, Government Relations, and is based in Washington, DC.



    • Work closely with the Director of Government Relations on a large portfolio of federal, state, and local government performance issues including but not limited to consumer finance, student loans, public safety, and state fiscal health.
    • Attend meetings and produce notes in the Director’s absence. Track government relations approvals, meetings, and follow-up.
    • Work with program teams and other GR staff to support and coordinate the government outreach activities of the various campaigns. Assist in the production of letters, policy analysis, and fact sheets.
    • Research relevant policymaker needs and materials for distribution to Congress and government officials. Conduct advocacy research efforts for targeting policymakers.
    • Schedule and attend lobbying or educational visits with Congressional and agency staff and meetings with external stakeholders. Assist with events attended by government officials (hearings, briefings, meetings, etc.).
    • Research and track legislation, regulations, and other policy proposals of interest to GR and Government Performance (GP) teams including summary and analysis as needed.
    • Support GR team members with ad-hoc assignments, initial drafts of work product, research projects and tasks, as well as broader Pew-wide projects as assigned.
    • Assist with national partnership work, including updating internal matrix of partner info and affiliation status as well as drafting e-mail correspondence to formal and informal partners.
    • Responsible for working with other GR staff and program teams to draft e-advocacy messages and interface with core GR staff on e-advocacy messages.
    • Responsible for strategizing e-advocacy campaign targets and building lists in CRM/Salesforce for events and email sends.
    • Fully comply with, and assist others in complying with, all relevant federal and state lobbying disclosure and ethics rules.


    • A minimum of one year of professional experience working with policymakers and staff in government relations, government service, state or federal campaigns, and/or policy advocacy.
    • Experience in either state or federal government desirable.
    • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    • 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.
    • Knowledge of basic lobbying and government relations concepts. Interest and knowledgeable about politics.
    • Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet in a cooperative spirit. Detail oriented.
    • Strong writing and research skills. Ability to conduct research on Congressional or federal agency actions, laws and regulations. Ability to synthesize and interpret results of research.
    • Curiosity about a broad range of policy issues and ability to learn new policy areas quickly.
    • Ability to work hours outside of normal business hours since the role will be required to track legislation and attend evening functions at times.

    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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