Senior Officer, Pew Fund

Location US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/9/2021 9:14 PM)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts


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 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 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 Philadelphia Program
Through the Philadelphia program, Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable residents, informing discussion on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.
Pew Fund for Health and Human Services
The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, part of the Philadelphia program, supports social service organizations in the region to provide effective services to help individuals and families facing complex challenges live healthy and stable lives. Through its Growth Grants, the Pew Fund helps organizations expand their reach and impact. Through Venture Grants, the fund supports the development and implementation of promising solutions to emerging problems or gaps in service delivery. 
Position Overview
The senior officer, Pew Fund position offers a unique opportunity to help guide the use of Pew’s local resources in support of high-quality and effective services for populations in need. The Pew Fund’s approach is rigorous with a focus on research-informed strategies that will lead to measurable improvements for people facing complex challenges.
The senior officer is responsible for identifying and vetting high-performing nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region, managing a portfolio of grantees, and supporting their impact and performance. The scope of this role includes supporting organizations through the full grant lifecycle – from identifying candidates, conducting due diligence, and producing recommendations to Pew’s board of directors, to monitoring grantees’ progress toward their goals. The senior officer thinks critically about the issues facing nonprofit organizations in the region and works alongside grantees to address challenges and leverage opportunities. The senior officer brings a robust knowledge and understanding of Philadelphia health and human services to this work, monitoring trends and deepening expertise while developing beneficial external relationships. The senior officer reports to the project director, Pew Fund, and is located in Pew’s Philadelphia office.


  • Oversee the sourcing and selection of grantees, including conducting in-depth analysis of applicants’ program performance, fiscal health, and organizational capacity.
  • Produce grant recommendations for Pew’s board of directors, providing a clear and concise summary of analysis conducted, rationale for the recommendation, plan for oversight, and performance goals.
  • Monitor and provide support to grantees to ensure their success, managing a portfolio of 10 to 15 grants.
  • Provide consultation and collaborative advice to nonprofit leaders in the implementation of their strategies and growth plans; provide guidance to navigate change and overcome obstacles to their goals.
  • Identify and manage external experts and consultants, develop contracts as needed, and work closely with them throughout the due diligence process.
  • Maintain and expand understanding of Philadelphia’s nonprofit landscape through external events, meetings, and internal research.
  • Represent Pew at conferences and meetings.
  • Contribute to the work of the Pew Fund team and the Philadelphia program as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree in a related field such a business, public policy, law, or organizational development preferred.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, preferably in strategy consulting, as senior manager of a nonprofit (e.g., CEO, COO), or in a senior role in a capacity-building intermediary.
  • Specialized expertise, including a deep understanding of the needs of nonprofit organizations in key areas of organizational effectiveness, including strategic planning, management, and leadership development. Ability to understand and assess nonprofit business plans and financial projections. 
  • Exceptional reasoning and strategic problem-solving abilities, and proven track record of success in solving complex and dynamic problems.
  • Understanding of and ability to interpret social science research as it relates to health and human services programs.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and sensitivity; commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity; sensitivity to the dynamics of funder-grantee relationships and ability to deftly navigate them.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across departments within Pew and with external partners, including other funders, civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, as well as consultants and advisors.
  • Commitment to personal learning and development, self-reflection, and openness to feedback. 
  • Demonstrated drive to produce results using rigorous, thoughtful analysis. Strong oral and written communication skills.
This position may require occasional travel to Pew’s Washington, D.C., office.
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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