Senior Director, Government Relations

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/1/2021 11:27 AM)
Job ID
Government Relations
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 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, 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. 
Government Relations
Government Relations (GR) seeks to advance Pew’s nonpartisan policy and research goals at all levels of government, in the United States and internationally.  We focus on sharing the organization’s research and fact-based recommendations,  shaping  pragmatic strategies to achieve program objectives, and  building relationships with key government officials  to forge compromise and  consensus on issues that make a difference to the public. 
Position Overview
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the Senior Vice President, Government Relations. The Senior Director, Government Relations is responsible for managing a team of professionals who help design and execute strategies to advance the goals of various advocacy and research projects in Pew’s Government Performance portfolio.   Current initiatives to improve government performance focus on health, fiscal and economic policy, and safety and justice. Research addresses complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels of the U.S. government as well as the interplay that can occur between jurisdictions.
The Senior Director will coordinate closely with colleagues in the Government Performance Portfolio to provide research, educational material, and policy recommendations to policymakers at the state and federal level. Working with teams across Pew, including in Communications and Legal Affairs, the Senior Director will help achieve important public policy goals to improve the health and finances of American families as well as provide states with targeted research on budget management, corrections policy, public pensions and other issues.


  • With program and other Pew colleagues, develop a strong identity for Pew initiatives with key players in the U.S. Congress and federal executive branch. Work to raise the profile, credibility, and influence of Pew and its initiatives among these constituencies.
  • Develop, in collaboration with GR and portfolio leadership, the outreach and engagement team, and project directors, strategies for federal legislative advocacy in support of specified policy goals of Government Performance teams. Manage and coordinate Pew’s federal legislative advocacy across projects in program.
  • Work with portfolio leadership to prioritize federal advocacy objectives across Government Performance and the rest of the institution.
  • Assist with outreach to state policymakers, both directly and through organizations such as the National Governors’ Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Work with Government Performance colleagues to develop and implement effective outreach strategies designed to bring project policy goals to the attention of elected and appointed federal policymakers, including direct contact, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities.
  • Develop and manage national coalitions and partnerships in support of the Government Performance portfolio’s policy goals including working with project teams to promote each project’s goals and identifying partners who can play a critical role in advancing the goals of the initiative.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with congressional offices and serve as a liaison for federal and congressional staff as well as state advocacy leaders on federal policies.
  • Serve as a connector between Government Performance teams and the Government Relations department, helping drive the use of GR’s “e-Advocacy” tools in support of project goals, providing informed direction on lobbying compliance, liaising directly with GR’s compliance team, ensuring that federal advocacy efforts are coordinated with other Pew projects, and contributing to planning advocacy efforts across the organization.
  • Manage contracts with government relations vendors—drafting deliverables and the scope of work for vendors, working with Pew’s contracts and procurement to finalize agreements, and actively managing and overseeing the workplan to ensure deliverables are met.
  • Supervise government relations staff in collaboration with managers of individual projects, including mentoring, professional development of staff, and performance evaluations.
  • Manage system for tracking institutional lobbying within Government Performance in close collaboration with the legal department and GR’s compliance team.


  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience required. 
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in government relations, government service, federal and state campaigns, and/or social policy advocacy, demonstrating a high level of understanding of state and federal policy development; state-level experience is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of eight years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel. 
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Experience working with a variety of public and private-sector officials across the political spectrum, and a strong network of contacts with government officials, including members of Congress and their staff as well as state policymakers. An ability to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes. 
  • Excellent political skills and judgment, demonstrated leadership and management ability, and strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with a range of diverse interests. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with national partners. 
  • Strategic thinker. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and experience interacting with the media. 
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing staff. 
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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