Associate, Safe Food Project 186 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

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:

• Contribute to policy advocacy and outreach
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Develop a broad knowledge of issues related to
food safety as well as law and policy related to public health.
• Contribute to research and publication efforts:
• Assist in researching key policy issues related
to oversight of meat and poultry production.
• Assist in researching and drafting materials on
topics supporting the project’s goals and implementation of federal guidance
and regulation.
• Assist in identifying and executing external
contracts and/or letters of agreement to accomplish the project’s goals.
• 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
• 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

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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