• Senior Associate, Strategy

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/30/2018 5:39 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.


    Strategy is a program department within Pew whose goal is to inform critical institutional and program decision making, strengthen the design and implementation of Pew’s work, and generate knowledge that advances Pew’s program objectives. We pursue this goal by (1) enhancing the organization’s efforts to generate ideas for new initiatives and larger bodies of work; (2) applying a wide range of planning approaches that help turn ideas into effective action; (3) using evaluation to improve program performance and inform decision making, (4) ensuring that staff have access to information that meets their needs to design, implement, and manage high performing strategies, initiatives, and campaigns, and (5) collaborating with colleagues in preparing a wide range of planning and other types of documents for consideration by Pew’s board of directors.


    Project Overview
    Program Planning
    Program planning is a unit within strategy that provides: (1) planning support for existing projects, applying a range of planning approaches that enhance the organization’s capacity to undertake projects that achieve programmatic and institutional goals; (2) planning review of strategic program documents, including guidance and feedback to the vice president, strategy, and executive vice president, program, about the suitability of planning proposals; (3) management of Pew’s annual program planning process; (4) content support, scheduling, communications oversight for program board documents; and (5) support for program budget tracking and compliance. Program planning also coordinates with a partner unit—program development—on exploration of new ideas generated by existing initiatives.


    Evaluation is a unit within strategy that designs and manages evaluations focused on yielding objective, timely, and essential information that can be used to improve program effectiveness, inform institutional decisions, and promote accountability for results.


    Position Overview
    The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, supports both the program planning and evaluation functions of the strategy unit. The senior associate is expected to spend approximately two-thirds of his/her time on planning activities and one-third on evaluation activities and reports to the director, program planning. 


    For program planning, the position supports the planning director and two senior officers with strategic planning initiatives, the review and analysis of approximately twenty to thirty planning documents annually, and the organization’s annual planning process.


    For evaluation, the position assists the evaluation team in developing and managing evaluations of Pew’s initiatives with five to six new evaluations every year.


    The position requires an understanding of strategic planning theory and the associated tools and practices for developing and evaluating program plans (such as theories of change, logic models, impact maps, etc.), particularly those focused on policy and advocacy campaigns. The position also requires experience in public policy research and analysis, preferably in topics addressed by Pew. Excellent project-management and communication skills and a detail-oriented approach to work are key aspects of this position.


    Program Planning Responsibilities

    • Conduct research, organize, and develop materials for strategic planning meetings, and assist with meeting facilitation and follow-up activities.
    • Assist with the creation of documents (including charts, data analysis, and research summaries) for presentation to senior program leadership.
    • Participate in or lead aspects of the annual planning process, including scheduling and tracking the development and review of scorecards and related documents from the eight program portfolios, within an intensive three-month period.
    • Review and provide substantive comments on planning documents to improve alignment with Pew planning guidelines.
    • Collect and organize the planning team’s documents in Pew’s shared electronic file storage system and update the team’s home page on the internal staff website.
    • Execute special projects and assignments as requested by the director or senior staff, including projects that involve contact with outside organizations.

    Program Evaluation Responsibilities

    • Aid senior staff in developing evaluations of Pew’s initiatives including contributing to the development of an evaluation plan, assisting with searches to identify evaluation consultants, and preparing documents for the Pew contract process.
    • Support oversight of consultants by reviewing and commenting on data collection and analysis plans, identifying potential interviewees and other data sources, and participating in periodic check in calls with evaluators.
    • Assist with the review of evaluation reports and development of written summaries for Pew’s board of directors.
    • In coordination with senior evaluation staff, assist with the facilitation of program learning from evaluation through dissemination of findings, organizing briefings, and other activities.
    • Support the evaluation team on other projects as requested and as capacity allows.


    • Build solid and thoughtful professional relationships with program staff.
    • Develop a broad knowledge of the projects within Pew’s program portfolios.
    • Participate in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to keep current on planning and evaluation methods and practices.


    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred in domestic or international public policy, or other fields relevant to formulation of public policy.
    • At least four years of directly applicable experience required.
    • Demonstrated strategic planning, client consulting, evaluation, social-science research, or policy analysis skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as part of a team to define and analyze problems, communicate findings and results, and meet project goals.
    • Demonstrated ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
    • Good written and verbal communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations. Clear, effective writing style.
    • Strong interpersonal skills. The ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally, and display an understanding of organizational and interpersonal dynamics.
    • Good analytical skills. Resolve problems creatively and logically. The ability to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other resources.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, remain attentive to details, and identify resources for projects.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
    • Ability to treat sensitive information about the business and affairs of Pew and those with whom it has relationships with discretion and confidence. High level of professional integrity.
    • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. 

    Occasional travel to Pew’s Philadelphia office as needed and to one to two national conferences expected.


    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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