The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.
We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.
Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.
With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.
Government Performance (GP), an internal operating division of The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT), identifies and advances effective policy approaches to critical issues. It researches emerging topics, develops data-driven reports, and highlights innovative approaches to complex problems. When the facts are clear, GP advocates for nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions.
GP operates major state and local level initiatives in public pensions, children’s dental health, intensive home visiting/parent mentoring for at-risk families, sentencing and corrections, cost-benefit analysis, state budgeting and tax expenditures, and election reform, among others. GP makes use of the basic tools required to help states and localities explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue: credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify and apply approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, will report to the Director, State Campaigns. Working closely with project directors, Government Relations and Communications staff and other Pew colleagues, the Officer will be responsible for ensuring that Pew’s state and local campaigns are well-planned, strategic and effectively implemented.
* Participate in identifying, evaluating and implementing strategic state issue campaigns and initiatives. This includes:
- Assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms.
- Identifying and set measurable goals and deadlines for state campaigns.
- Playing a key role in developing and implementing state legislative strategy.
- Designing and implement tailored campaign tactics to help advance campaigns’ policy goals.
- Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of potential partners, organizational vehicles and personnel needed to execute campaign activities.
- Evaluating project budgets to ensure they are highly cost effective.
- Managing consultants working on states campaigns.
- Monitoring the progress of campaigns and for those that are at risk of not meeting their goals, identify the cause and take appropriate steps to remedy the problem and keep the project on course.
- Preparing regular oral and written reports.
* Develop and maintain strong collegial relationships with partners, grantees, contractors and other lead organizations and constituencies in the issue area.
* Help to manage national and state partners to advance the goals of the state campaigns. Where appropriate, assist in the development of plans and materials to integrate state and national partners in GP’s work.
* Participate in the development of plans for public opinion research, communication strategies and lobbying and public education efforts. Under the direction of the Director, identify and vet consultants and firms, negotiate contracts and letters of agreement that clearly achieve program objective and are cost effective and manage ongoing relationships.
* Contribute to the drafting of selected press releases, op-eds, memos and speeches.
* Coordinate with Pew Communications staff on messaging and media strategy to help ensure that communication and outreach are well-designed components of the campaigns and serve broader institutional goals.
* Facilitate cross project communication on state policy development and advocacy strategies with project staff and partners on performance initiatives and, where appropriate, with other Pew initiatives.
* Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as, broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.*
* Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field preferred.
* A minimum of eight years of experience in the public policy arena with a working knowledge of effective issue advocacy strategies at the federal and state level. Experience developing and implementing campaign tactics including: communications; coalition building; grassroots, legislative advocacy; and opinion and/or policy research is required.
* Experience working with policy makers, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders is preferred.
* Strong analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A working knowledge of political climate in the states is preferred.
* A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
* Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
* Ability to establish a systematic course of action to move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence and to ensure project completion on deadline.
* Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with a range of constituencies who represent different perspectives. A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with national partners and others to advance pragmatic solutions.
* Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
* Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks vacation and flexible benefit options.
It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel 1-2 times per month, as needed.