Government Relations (GR) seeks to advance Pew's nonpartisan policy and research goals at all levels of government, in the United States and internationally. We focus on sharing the organization's research and fact-based recommendations, shaping pragmatic strategies to achieve program objectives, and building relationships with key government officials to forge compromise and consensus on issues that make a difference to the public.Position Overview
The officer is an integral part of the GR team, based in Pew's Washington, D.C. office, and will have the responsibility for collaborating with the senior director, GR and other colleagues to provide government relations strategic counsel and direct support with a focus on housing, consumer finance, and retirement savings issues. The officer will report to, and work closely with, the senior director, while serving in collaborative and active partnership with the program teams in the Government Performance portfolio.Responsibilities
This role focuses on developing and implementing effective outreach strategies for bringing Pew's work to the attention of federal and state policymakers, including administration and agency officials as well as members of Congress. In close coordination with program staff and colleagues across Pew, the Officer will educate policymakers about Pew's research and recommendations through meetings, ongoing engagement with influential stakeholders, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities. Key responsibilities include:
- Design and implement strategies to achieve federally focused project and campaign goals for projects within the government performance portfolio, particularly Consumer Finance, Home Financing, and Retirement Savings projects.
- Maintain a broad knowledge and awareness of issues related to family economic stability, financial services, and housing policy. Inform and advise the project teams on relevant state, federal, and local policy developments.
- Research and identify policymakers and other influential stakeholders particularly relevant for the projects assigned, and develop and implement a nonpartisan, fact-based, and robust stakeholder outreach program.
- Work with program and communications staff to translate complex information into accessible written materials for distribution to government officials and other stakeholders at the national and state levels, review and update materials for relevance to public policy debates.
- Collaborate with Pew communications and eAdvocacy teams to develop and manage messaging to help ensure that communication and outreach are well-designed components of the strategy and serve broader advocacy and institutional goals. This includes collaborating on talking points, briefing documents, op-eds, memos, and communications to relevant to policymakers.
- Identify, schedule, and attend briefings for federal policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. Ensure alignment between federal, state, and local government relations objectives.
- Track and analyze legislation, regulations, other policy proposals, and hearings, announcements, and other government actions relevant to Pew and share summary information with program teams on a timely basis.
- Fully comply with, and serve as a liaison between program staff, Legal Affairs, and Government Relations compliance staff to ensure full compliance with relevant federal and state lobbying disclosure and ethics rules.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. government officials, national organizations, NGOs, trade associations, coalition groups) to advance Pew's agenda including developing coalitions and identifying partners who can advance project goals with a focus on organizations representing state and local government officials.
- Work with and direct government affairs consultants in support of campaign activities as needed.
- Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, in public policy required.
- A minimum of eight years of professional experience working with policymakers and staff in government relations, government service, state or federal campaigns and/or policy advocacy.
- A working knowledge of housing, labor, consumer finance, and/or retirement savings policy preferred.
- Strong political and interpersonal skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in reaching out to policymakers and their staff, and in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion.
- Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and experience managing complex projects and issues.
- 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.
- 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.
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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