Senior Associate, National Partners, Public Safety Performance Project

  • Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Type

Full Time




Dist. Columbia
United States


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 invigorate 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 public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, 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.

Project Overview
The public safety performance project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps policy makers advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in criminal and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. For more information about this project, visit

Position Overview
Pew seeks to hire a senior associate to focus on ensuring that Pew's partnerships with national criminal and juvenile justice organizations are well-planned, strategic and effectively implemented while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, reports to a senior manager and works closely with project leadership, government relations and communications staff and other Pew colleagues. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

• Coordinate the activities of the project's national partners, including developing, managing, and evaluating partnership agreements and deliverables to ensure maximum impact on the direction of sentencing and corrections policy.

• Cultivate productive relationships and communications with a wide range of organizations and constituencies working on sentencing and corrections reform.
• Coordinate with other Pew projects to achieve optimal collaboration and outcomes.
• Collaborate with Pew operating units, including communications, government relations, and legal to maximize the effectiveness of efforts and ensure compliance with lobbying and ethics rules.
• Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.
• Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging sentencing and corrections issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.


• A bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
• A minimum of four years' experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing, community corrections, jails and pretrial, prisons, courts, juvenile justice, law enforcement, prosecution, or criminal defense.
• Experience working with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other stakeholders strongly preferred.
• 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.
• Familiarity with key sentencing and corrections advocacy and interest groups, their positions and leadership.
• Strong research and 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 keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research; experience commissioning and managing such research; and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public.
• Exercises a logical and resourceful approach to evaluating and addressing problems.
• Expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing style and aptitude for creating data visualizations.
• Experience developing and moving complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.

It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel 1-2 times per month, as needed.

Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, 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 help you 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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree