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.
Pew’s planning unit, within strategy, works in partnership with program and portfolio leadership and staff to identify, develop, and refine high-profile initiatives in line with institutional and programmatic needs and priorities. Specifically, in partnership with and support of program and portfolio leadership, the unit identifies and explores new public policy and research issues in which Pew might play a role; develops program designs, strategies, and initiatives to address these issues; and reviews, informs, and strengthens existing strategies and initiatives to meet new or revised objectives.
The senior officer will assist the project director in carrying out the strategy team’s duties, including providing planning support to the environment portfolio, which currently consists of 21 projects across three focus areas – environmental policy, land and freshwater conservation, and marine conservation and fisheries. The senior officer will provide high-quality consultative guidance to environment portfolio leadership and staff with emphasis on ensuring program strategies and plans are rigorous, clear, and innovative by problem solving with the program teams to address substantive issues.
The position, as needed, will be expected to take the lead on certain research and analysis activities to answer questions that arise as part of planning engagements, including facilitating third-party explorations of new topic areas. This may include: conducting literature reviews and primary research; interviewing external and internal experts; preparing written and verbal strategic recommendations for program senior management and Pew colleagues and leaders; and managing timelines and budgets. The senior officer will also support the project director on Pew’s annual planning process, with a focus on the environment portfolio, including reviewing documents and ensuring deadlines and guidelines are met. For certain projects, the senior officer will work with other colleagues on the planning team through a matrixed team structure. Additional specific duties are detailed in the responsibilities section below.
The position requires an experienced public policy or strategic planning expert with strong knowledge of domestic and international environmental issues. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated ability to quickly master new topics and understand the interests and needs of an organization and its target audiences. The senior officer displays excellent interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills and approaches partnership with the portfolio leadership and staff with an adaptable, creative, and solutions-oriented attitude.
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, will report to the project director, planning – environment and annual planning, strategy.
Support the project director and the program department in annual planning:
This position requires occasional travel to meetings and conferences.
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.