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Senior Associate, Government Relations (Health Policy)

at The Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted: 1/1/2020
Job Reference #: 6138

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  • LocationUS-DC-Washington
    Posted Date2 months ago(12/5/2019 1:00 PM)
    Job ID
    Government Relations
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    Full Job Title: Senior Associate, Government Relations (Health Policy)

    The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

    Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.

    Government Relations
    Government Relations (GR) was established in 2006 to complement and advance Pew’s work in the public policy arena. In 2010, the department was reorganized and staff that had been spread throughout the institution were consolidated into a single unit. Government Relations is comprised of a Senior Vice President and five units overseeing advocacy of Pew’s programmatic agenda as well as operations and institutional advocacy. The priorities of the department are to: (1) provide relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the Trusts, its programs and advocacy goals; (2) develop close effective relationships with key congressional offices, the administration and the government affairs staffs of major trade organizations relevant to our work; (3) develop Pew’s annual advocacy strategy as well as manage and facilitate its implementation; (4) work hand in hand with program staff and policy experts to guide advocacy from inception to successful completion; (5) coordinate, collaborate and communicate with and between Government Relations and program staff to advance institutional priorities, (6) monitor, track, review and approve all interactions between Pew staff and government officials including participation in coalition efforts and work with our external stakeholders; and (7) ensure full compliance by Pew with all applicable regulations related to lobbying and advocacy.

    Position Overview
    The Senior Associate will be an integral part of the Government Relations team in Washington, D.C. and will have the responsibility for collaborating with the Director, Government Relations and other government relations staff, to provide government relations counsel and support for a growing portfolio of public advocacy and research initiatives within the Health portfolio, with an emphasis on projects relating to suicide prevention, behavioral health and aging.


    • In concert with the Government Relations and program teams, assist with the development and implementation of effective outreach strategies for bringing Pew’s work to the attention of elected and appointed federal and state policymakers including direct contact, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities. Help develop, manage, and maintain systems to track policymaker use of Pew products.
    • Work with government relations staff as well as program staff, including the Suicide Prevention project and the Mental Health and Justice Partnerships project, to develop and implement strategies to achieve programmatic goals.
    • Work with program staff, including leadership, to explore and develop new work for the Health portfolio, including work in behavioral health and aging.
    • Research and identify policymakers particularly relevant for the programs, analyze their needs and work with program staff to translate complex information into accessible written materials for distribution to government officials at the national and state levels; review materials produced by program staff for relevance to public policy debates; and work with PCT communications and eAdvocacy teams to develop web materials and emails relevant to policymaker requests, information needs, or program needs.
    • As necessary, assist in development and dissemination of advocacy communications messaging, materials, and eAdvocacy tools on behalf of projects in the health portfolio, which may include talking points, briefing documents, and web copy.
    • When needed to meet program goals, identify, schedule and attend appropriate lobbying or educational visits with staff and members of Congress and the Executive branch and, if necessary, counterparts at the state and local level.
    • Track and analyze legislation, regulations, other policy proposals, and hearings, announcements, and other government actions relevant to Pew and share summary information with program team on a timely basis.
    • Fully comply with, and assist others in complying with, all relevant federal and state lobbying disclosure and ethics rules.
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with national organizations to advance the Pew agenda including developing coalitions and identifying partners who can advance program goals with a focus on organizations representing state and local government officials.


    • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in a health-related discipline preferred.
    • A minimum of four years of professional experience working with policymakers and staff in government relations, government service, state or federal campaigns and/or policy advocacy. Experience in direct public advocacy with federal agencies and Congress is desirable.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Experience in public policy advocacy related to behavioral health 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.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.

    Limited travel within the United States.

    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.