Officer, State Strategy Group
- Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts
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 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, 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.
State and Local Government Performance
State and local government performance, one of the seven program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective policy approaches that improve state and local government policy. SLGP researches emerging topics, develops data-driven reports and highlights innovative approaches to complex problems. SLGP initiatives currently focus on five areas: (1) positioning policymakers to make decisions that are in the best interest of state and local government's long-term fiscal health; (2) making state and local government pension plans healthy and sustainable; (3) improving state and local government's public safety performance; (4) modernizing the civil legal system; and (5) increasing access to effective oral health care.
SLGP makes use of the basic tools required to help 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.
SLGP is led by a vice president and two senior directors who provide oversight over select projects within the portfolio.
The officer reports to the project director, state strategy group, and works closely with colleagues in program and Pew operations units (including communications, legal affairs, and government relations). The officer is responsible for contributing to a team of experienced outreach professionals that provides support to projects, primarily within the government performance and health portfolios, with their state and local engagements, and ensuring that these initiatives are well-planned, strategic, collaborative, and effectively implemented. This position is based in Pew's Washington, DC office.
Under the supervision of the project direct, the officer will:
- Facilitate the development of internal capacity to help projects identify, evaluate, and implement strategic state engagements and technical assistance efforts. Design tailored outreach plans to help advance projects' policy goals and objectives and managing the use of consultants and third-party vendors in support of state activities.
- Coordinate the identification and vetting of consultants and firms by project teams and ensure that negotiations of contracts are cost-effective and achieve program objectives.
- Develop and implement approaches for projects to foster and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, policymakers, staff, and other officials.
- Collaborate with communications, government relations, legal affairs, and operations to manage Pew's presence in a particular jurisdiction including, but not limited to, assisting with lobbying and ethics compliance, developing strategic partnerships, and coordinating activities between projects across Pew.
- Oversee assigned project's in-state presence by coordinating efforts across the program portfolio including efforts within the health and environment portfolios.
- Serve as the primary liaison to other outreach support units, namely within the government performance portfolio and field support within the environment portfolio, and coordinate activities across the program portfolio as well as efforts in individual states.
- Represent supported projects in engagements with the institution's operations units including communications, government relations, legal affairs, philanthropic partnerships, and strategy.
- Support the state strategy group's effort to develop and maintain partnerships with external partners ranging from leading national organizations to influential state entities. This includes coordinating with government relations and other operations units.
- Serve as a key point of contact for communications with executive office and senior vice presidents on issues relating to assigned project's state and local level engagements.
- Collaborate with internal communications to deliver strategic advice in the implementation of outreach plans including the drafting of selected press releases, op-eds, memos, and speeches.
- Facilitate working group meetings and outreach to executive, legislative, independent agencies, and other stakeholder members.
- Lead the coordination of project activities with external partners, including national and state-based stakeholder organizations and consultants, to support state reform efforts.
- Conduct state assessments (or oversee contractor assessments) and make recommendations of states to receive assistance from the project.
- Ensure all state assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
- 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 is required. Advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
- At least eight years' experience in the public policy arena, particularly working in the state legislative arena.
- A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented, and collegial environment.
- Demonstrated 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.
- Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with diverse partners to advance pragmatic solutions.
- Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
- Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
Occasional travel required for conferences and meetings.
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.
Minimum Education Required