Pew Charitable Trusts: Associate I, Health Impact Project


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. Pew is 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.

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.

Project Overview
The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages state, local, and national level organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. Research shows that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play influence their health, so the project also works to create cross-sector partnerships that include the expertise of health care and public health systems.

Health impact assessments (HIAs) are one systematic and practical way to bring evidence to decisions. Through grants, technical assistance, training, and convenings, the project helps organizations and policymakers identify health-promoting policies, practices, and research for integration into their work. By engaging community stakeholders and translating research into action, the project seeks to make health a valued consideration in decision-making and improve the well-being of underserved places and populations.

Position Overview
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, reports to a manager. The associate contributes to multiple project initiatives including: (1) state and local policy analysis; (2) exploratory research on best practices for addressing social determinants of health gaps and health improvement opportunities; (3) evaluation and monitoring to measure progress on the Project’s overall work; and (4) implementation of new initiatives with Project staff.

Tasks to support the project’s operations could include assisting with: (1) grant program monitoring; (2) oversight of financial reports; (3) coordination of grantee, partner, and thought leader events; and (4) development and management of web resource content. 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.


  • Develop research summaries, issue briefs, case studies, and other materials for lay, scientific, and policy audiences, as well as community members.
  • Conduct research and policy analysis to support systems change work by the project and its partners to incorporate health considerations in other sectors.
  • Plan and execute events, such as stakeholder or thought leader convenings, committee meetings, or webinars.
  • Support grant programs, including planning and implementation of peer learning opportunities.
  • In coordination with Pew’s communications department and other project team members, maintain a database of HIAs across the country, including drafting website content and corresponding with HIA practitioners.
  • Work with Pew’s communications department to develop content for newsletters, mailings, and other communications vehicles designed to communicate the work of the project, its partners, and grantees with internal and external audiences.
  • Assist in processing contracts and sub grants. Help ensure that contracts and sub grants submitted for Pew review and approval are complete, accurate, and timely.
  • Work with Pew staff to facilitate and coordinate operational aspects of the Project’s work, such as budget development and monitoring, contract deliverable tracking, and public forums and convenings planning.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advance degree preferred.
  • At least one year of applicable experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied research, analytical skills, program evaluation, and contributions as part of working on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Familiarity with key issues related to social determinants of health in rural and urban settings.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and facilitation skills including:
  • Writing concise, cogent prose that make complex public health and policy concepts easy to understand and compelling for a wide range of audiences, including policymakers, community members, media, and scientific and technical audiences.
  • Engaging stakeholders—including policymakers, community members, and others—through facilitating meetings and oral presentations in scientific, media, and policy contexts.
  • Preparing internal and external memoranda, analyses, and short-form materials such as fact sheets and talking points.
  • Demonstrated time-management and project-execution skills with ability to work on multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Skilled at operating effectively within diverse political, policy, and social environments to advance programmatic objectives and navigate conflict by building consensus.
  • Experience working with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, government legislative staff offices, and other entities conducting research and policy analysis.
  • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required; database, data visualization, and online research applications preferred
  • Experience with local and state government a plus.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus

Additional Information:

Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings.

Total Rewards
Pew offers 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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