• Associate I, Policy, Research & Analysis, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/19/2019 1:03 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    Full Job Title:  Associate I, Policy, Research & Analysis, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative


    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 approaches to 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 in addressing complex problems. Initiatives currently focus on three key areas for federal, state, and local governments: (1) health and human services; (2) management and budget; and (3) safety and justice.

    GP utilizes the basic tools required to explore and advance effective policy solutions at the federal, state, and local levels. These solutions include 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.

    Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative
    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
    The associate I position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, informs and influences public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. The associate I assists with analyzing policies that impact substance use treatment access and delivery, contributes to research, drafts and maintains publications, develops subject matter expertise on emerging issues in substance use policy; and assists with stakeholder convenings and communications. This position reports to the associate manager, policy, research, & analysis. 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.


    • Conduct background research and analyses of key policy and scientific issues related to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery, and summarize this information.
    • Update internal and public-facing resources, including fact sheets and infographics, based on research conducted.
    • Contribute to research and publication efforts, including the drafting of research summaries, policy analyses, and other materials for assigned projects.
    • Support SUPTI members with ad-hoc assignments, initial drafts of work products, research projects and tasks, as well as broader Pew-wide projects as assigned.
    • Generate analyses to support state and federal policy objectives.
    • Help ensure the accuracy of products and publications through quality control and fact-check processes by coordinating with Pew’s research review and support team.
    • Assist with events and convenings, including planning logistics, drafting stakeholder communications, and notetaking.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


    • Associate’s degree required, bachelor’s degree in a research, policy, or health-related discipline preferred.
    • At least one year of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated research, analytical, writing, and fact-checking skills.
    • Research and analytical skills, including ability to synthesize large amounts of information and identify themes.
    • Ability to comprehend and assess study design, methodology, and research findings and effectively communicate research results and limitations for a lay audience.
    • Demonstrated time management skills, including ability to meet multiple deadlines. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
    • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required.



    Domestic travel may be required for meetings and conferences.


    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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