The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.
Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.
The Government Performance Portfolio within Program
Government performance, one of the five program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective policy approaches that improve policy at all levels of government. The portfolio’s project teams conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative approaches to addressing complex problems. Initiatives currently focus on three key areas for federal, state, and local governments: (1) management and budget; (2) health and human services; and (3) safety and justice.
GP utilizes the basic tools required to explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue: credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify and apply approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.
The GP portfolio is led by the vice president and head of government performance, with support from a vice president and senior directors who provide oversight over select projects and functions within the portfolio.
The senior director oversees three current projects: civil legal system modernization, public safety performance, and dental health. Each of these conducts data analysis and produces research to inform critical policy debates, provides technical assistance, and manages advocacy campaigns that deliver meaningful policy reforms, and considers how technology can be brought to bear on particular public policy challenges. Together, the combined budget of these projects exceeds $15 million annually and encompass approximately 50 staff.
In addition to overseeing these projects, the senior director draws on his/her understanding of federal, state, and local government strategy and practice and experience in a range of domestic policy areas to partner with the vice president and the other senior directors to set overarching strategy for the portfolio, generate new project ideas, and collaborate with program colleagues to plan for how to operationalize new initiatives.
The senior director, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the vice president and head of government performance.
Occasional domestic travel to develop and manage partnerships, attend conferences and meetings, and perform other business.
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.
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