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, D.C., 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.
Pew Home Visiting Campaign:
Launched in October 2008, The Pew Home Visiting Campaign seeks to improve the quality and access of proven home visiting services for at-risk families of very young children across the country. We support advocacy efforts in targeted states to reform and align states' investments in programs with the strongest research base. The project couples this state focus with two complementary lines of work: 1) generating policy-relevant research that decision-makers need to improve government performance and oversight of home visiting programs; and 2) deploying strategic communications that pressure decision makers to adopt policy change. We also work nationally to raise awareness of the benefits of proven home visiting programs, recruit influential leaders to call for change, and showcase states that have made progress and can serve as models for reform. Our efforts at both the national and state levels involve an array of activities and tactics including coalition-building, media outreach, polling, technical assistance on policy, convenings, and policy maker and public education.
Reporting to the Director of the Pew home visiting campaign, the position will be responsible for executing the home visiting campaign state strategy and accountable for accomplishing its goals. This person will lead the state selection process, supervise the development of contracts, oversee the campaigns in each state, manage a small state team, and collaborate closely with other GP colleagues and national partners. The project manager will also contribute to, interact with, as well as learn from Pew staff running other state-focused government performance initiatives.
This position is based in Pew's Washington, DC office, and is contingent upon Board approval in early September 2013. It is expected that this position is for a term period through September 30, 2015, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.
- Working with the project director, provide overall direction to and manage day-to-day affairs of the initiative's policy advocacy campaigns in targeted states.
- Develop contacts and build relationships with state policy makers, children's organizations, health and children's coalitions, advocates and a wide range of other influential constituencies, including groups not traditionally involved in home visiting, to collect information, track state policy and identify opportunities for policy and funding campaigns and potential partners.
- Assist in selecting states in which to mount campaigns and designing advocacy plans tailored to the needs and opportunities in each.
- Evaluate and make recommendations regarding potential partners in each state in which the initiative is considering a campaign, write contracts formalizing partnerships, and monitor performance of partner organizations on an ongoing basis.
- Help build and support coalitions to promote policy reforms and increase program funding in the initiative's target states.
- Track progress of initiative in each state in which it is engaged, and make and implement recommendations designed to improve each campaign's ability to meet its goals.
- Work collaboratively with project director and other project staff to ensure that the initiative's technical assistance to states on data measures and processes is carried out well and responsive to the questions and concerns of state agencies and policy makers, especially in the initiative's target states.
- Work collaboratively with project director and other project staff to leverage targeted state lawmakers and advocates, including law enforcement officials and business leaders, to move a federal agenda to reauthorize home visiting funding.
- Help collect information for, write and edit public policy reports and briefs. Collaborate with the initiative's communications manager and other communications department staff on the development and dissemination of reports, and preparation of materials for the Government Performance web site.
- Provide strategic guidance to state and national partners on policy issues and effective advocacy strategies.
- Organize and coordinate state-to-state, regional and national networking meetings and conferences.
- Plan, conduct and ensure follow-up for site visits with prospective and current partners.
- Maintain contact with staff of related organizations at the state and national level.
- Serve as spokesperson for the initiative at national and state conferences and events.
- In conjunction with the Communications Department, assist with message development and help identify opportunities for strategic communications.
- Collaborate with the Philanthropic Partnership Group to provide project partners, donors, with regular updates on project advancements.
- Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in public policy, law, public health, or other relevant discipline preferred.
- A minimum of eight years of experience working with state policy makers, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders.
- At least two years of previous supervisory experience required.
- In-depth knowledge of the political climate, functions of government, and policy development process in the states. Experience designing, implementing or overseeing public policy advocacy campaigns
- Good project management skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
- A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely and policy-relevant research; experience disseminating it effectively to policy makers, the media and the public.
- A strong network of relevant contacts, including connections with experts, government officials and influential leaders in the field who can provide expert information and advance results. Ability to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes.
- Strong and diplomatic interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with a range of constituencies who represent different perspectives. A demonstrated ability to foster consensus and collaborate with national partners and others to advance pragmatic solutions.
- Expertise convening groups of senior policy makers, researchers, advocates, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to move toward a desired outcome. Excellent facilitation skills.
- Superb oral and written communication skills. Ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
- Experience and demonstrated skill interacting with the media.
- Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
- Demonstrated commitment to nonpartisan, pragmatic policy development.
Occasional travel to priority states and relevant national conferences expected.
Pew offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including four weeks of vacation annually, a generous 401(k) plan and flexible benefit options.
Pew is an equal opportunity employer.