Senior Associate Field Operations

Posted by
Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, District of Columbia
Published 18 days ago
Field Operations

Field Operations (Field) advances public policy solutions for Pew campaigns by engaging international officials, policymakers, local elected officials and other relevant stakeholders in their home states and countries through education, mobilization, coalition building, media coverage and government official outreach and engagement. Field staff and contractors (organizers) develop unique state and country specific strategies and then organize and execute field activities under the direction of Washington, DC field staff. In all efforts, field works in coordination with program, government relations, communications and other Pew staff to tailor state/country-specific strategies that contribute to national and international campaign goals.

  • Education : Field uses the best-available science and data to educate the public and policy makers about policy issues for Pew's Environment TOPs. Organizers advance local understanding of issues and policy goals through fact-based presentations, round-tables and other forums. DC-based field staff collaborates with organizers and program staff to engage leading experts, synthesize research and localize information for educational outreach.
  • Organizing : Field recruits and mobilizes diverse stakeholders, such as community leaders, businesses, institutions and grassroots supporters, by building coalitions and public support for campaigns' policy objectives. Organizers involve stakeholders in policy discussions through local activities and educational events, sign-on letters, fly-ins forums and videos. DC-based field staff works with organizers and program staff to identify optimal organizing strategies for each campaign.
  • Communications : Field informs the public and policy makers about campaigns priorities by increasing media coverage of policy goals. Field organizers identify third party spokespeople, draft author opinion editorials, work with local media in op-ed and letters to the editor placement and assist supporters and coalition partners in their media outreach and strategic messaging. DC-based field staff collaborates with organizers, communications and program staff to develop materials for diverse media outlets.
  • Government Relations : Field engages policymakers on Pew's campaign policy objectives by coordinating public outreach to government officials at all levels - local, state, federal and international. Organizers facilitate public interaction with government officials through public events, as well as in-district and Hill meetings tailored to the local political landscape. DC staff work with organizers, government relations and program staff to coordinate all federal, state and local government outreach efforts.
Position Overview

The senior associate, field operations, is part of the field services unit based in Washington, D.C. The team supports campaigns that require field and on-the-ground resources to complement existing efforts and assists in developing and implementing targeted legislative and communications field strategies such as organizing, generating media coverage, and managing government relations. The senior associate will engage in tactical strategy development and campaign design as it relates to field operations as well as coordinate with other programmatic and operations units at The Pew Charitable Trusts. This position reports to the Officer, field operations.


  • Supervise and support five-to-eight full-time contract organizers to manage field needs. Develop and supervise the implementation of organizers' work plans, consistent with public policy objectives, and adapt them to specific circumstances. Coordinate organizers' activities with other Pew staff and partners. Maintain the highest professional standards in achieving public policy objectives.
  • Coordinate field operations for one or more specific policy or campaign objectives. Work with the policy teams, government relations, communications and other staff to develop strategies and work plans for all field organizers involved in the policy initiative, and keep staff apprised of the field operation's activities. Troubleshoot and modify strategies and work plans as needed.
  • Create or modify materials including fact sheets, legislative correspondence, action alerts, op-eds, press releases, presentations, and talking points. Conduct research necessary to produce materials. With field services team, develop "campaign field guide" on best practices for outreach, and agenda for tactical training programs.
  • Help manage and mentor field operations contractors.
  • Work with the Officer, Field Operations to develop campaign strategy, government relations targets and budgets for field contracts.
  • Work with the Officer, Field Operations to expand and adjust strategic field operations as necessary.
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting additional field organizers, campaign specialists and partner groups.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of related professional experience. Experience in at least two of the following areas is required: project management, public policy advocacy, organizing, generating media coverage and engaging policy makers.
  • Experience successfully managing consultants and mentoring colleagues required.
  • Experience working on political campaigns or advocacy campaigns working to pass legislation through Congress or state legislatures required.
  • Experience generating earned media a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including communicating complex ideas for a general audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and others.
  • A detail-oriented style with a focus on results. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Available outside normal business hours when essential to organizational priorities.
  • Effective use of basic Microsoft Office Suite software.

There may be occasional travel required (consistent with COVID-19 safety protocols).

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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Field Operations

Field Operations (Field) advances public policy solutions for Pew campaigns by engaging international officials, policymakers, local elected officials and other relevant stakeholders in their home states and…

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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