Associate, Safe Food Project at The Pew Charitable Trust 659 views0 applications

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 public interests.

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.


Position Overview

The associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will inform and influence public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This will include developing subject matter expertise in food safety, as well as law and policy related to public health; participating in the execution of the project’s research and outreach goals; and assisting with convening meetings and stakeholder communications.

Reporting to the project’s manager, the associate will also work with Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, human resources, and other areas. 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.



Under the direction of the project manager and guidance of other staff:

  1. Contribute to policy advocacy and outreach efforts:
  2. Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating in-person and online convenings of advocacy groups, policy makers, food industry representatives, and other key audiences, including meetings hosted or sponsored by Pew.
  3. Collaborate with the communications and government relations teams to generate materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders and ensure that materials are timely, accurate, and relevant.
  4. Assist in efforts to communicate with and cultivate relationships between Pew and key stakeholders, including scientific and medical professional societies; state and federal legislative, regulatory, and public health officials and policy makers; agricultural producers; food retailers; advocacy groups; members of the public; and other domestic and international stakeholders.
  5. Develop a broad knowledge of issues related to food safety as well as law and policy related to public health.
  6. Contribute to research and publication efforts:
    1. Assist in researching key policy issues related to oversight of meat and poultry production.
    2. Assist in researching and drafting materials on topics supporting the project’s goals and implementation of federal guidance and regulation.
    3. Assist in identifying and executing external contracts and/or letters of agreement to accomplish the project’s goals.
    4. Contribute to and participate in broader Trusts-related projects and activities as requested.


  • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s in a research or policy-related discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of one year directly related professional experience in public policy or research.
  • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
  • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
  • Excellent oral and written skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for policy and general audiences.
  • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.



It is anticipated that the associate will undertake a nominal amount of travel, including conferences and meetings.


Compensation and Benefits

As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete 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 help you 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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