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