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 some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., 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 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 initiatives 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 Research and Science Portfolio in Program
The research and science portfolio includes programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, and fiscal federalism. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization.
Marine Science and the Lenfest Ocean Program
The environmental research and science division (ERS) works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions to global environmental challenges. Within ERS, the Lenfest Ocean Program (www.lenfestocean.org) sponsors and communicates peer-reviewed research projects on timely marine policy issues, specifically focused on marine ecosystems, fisheries, wildlife, and climate. The program's highly integrated method of supporting scientific research to inform current and emerging policy questions involves a use-driven project development process combined with targeted communications and engagement with stakeholders.
The senior associate works with colleagues to implement outreach and engagement activities consistent with the program's strategic plan. The program funds multiple scientific research projects and expert working groups each year to address priority challenges facing our oceans and coasts in regions all over the world.
The senior associate develops and implements project outreach plans to link scientific results to diverse stakeholders. The position includes networking with policy and management audiences across a range of marine conservation issues; connecting with nonprofit, industry, and other stakeholders interested in program-supported research; and implementing impactful and project-specific outreach strategies that help science inform decision-making and advance the program’s strategic goals.
The position also works closely with two program officers that develop research projects and expert task forces for funding; an associate to communicate scientific research through electronic means, including the program's website, a monthly newsletter, social media, and YouTube; and program leadership to help inform programmatic outreach and strategies.
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the manager. 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.