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 Strategy Portfolio within Program
The goal of the strategy portfolio is to inform critical institutional decisions about Pew’s programs, 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 to help programs turn ideas into effective action; (3) using evaluation to improve program performance and inform decision-making; (4) ensuring that staff has 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. The strategy portfolio was created in 2017 through the merger of Pew’s longstanding planning and evaluation department and a new program unit focused on strategy and idea development and has approximately 30 professional staff.
Library and Archives
The library and archives team is part of the evaluation and program learning unit within the strategy portfolio. The goal of this unit is to assess and improve program effectiveness, inform important programmatic decisions, support learning around effective practices at Pew, and generate knowledge that advances program objectives. The library and archives team supports learning by understanding and addressing the information needs of Pew.
Specifically, the role of library and archives (LA) is to connect Pew staff to information resources that will help them to work effectively to accomplish Pew’s mission. The team of four oversees Pew’s library and its archive of historical information, with staff based in both Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. This team provides staff with access to Pew’s library and archives including internal historical records and external subscriptions to journals, newspapers, and other knowledge resources; and uses these resources to respond to information requests from staff across the organization including creating customized searches and information summaries, such as literature and media scans and legal research.
The principal associate will be responsible for preserving Pew’s history, including management of Pew’s digital archiving program and its application to information in various systems. The principal associate will provide research support for Pew staff with a special emphasis on Pew’s history, including the founders, and past philanthropic work, and creates knowledge resources using Pew’s archives.
The position, based in either Pew’s Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia office, reports to the officer, lead librarian, library and archives.