Senior Associate, Philanthropic Partnership Group
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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The Pew Charitable Trusts, a rapidly evolving nonprofit organization committed to serving the public interest, is searching for a senior associate in the Philanthropic Partnership Group (PPG) to provide fundraising support to the Pew Health Group and Pew Research Center. PPG works to build external funding partnerships to advance Pew’s programmatic and institutional goals. We are seeking a highly intelligent, creative, articulate individual with a donor focus and superb project management skills to join our dynamic fundraising team.

Pew has its roots in seven individual charitable trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by the four children of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. In more than five decades as a private foundation, Pew honed an approach to social investing that emphasizes measurable results. Initiatives in culture, the environment, health and human services, public policy, education, and religion have been among the institution’s major areas of emphasis.

In order to better carry out its core mission of serving the public interest, Pew became a public charity in 2004. This status improved Pew’s capacity to operate programs directly to ensure maximum effectiveness and to pool resources from funding partners—ranging from individual donors to small and large foundations to corporations—for greater financial efficiency and impact.

Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are an energetic organization that values innovative thinking and fosters an environment of teamwork.

PPG leads fundraising for Pew’s programs and projects with the goal of significantly increasing external support for the institution’s diverse work. Projects undertaken at Pew are proposed by the programmatic managing directors and approved by the Pew board of trustees. PPG is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects for support of the institution’s programs. The group regularly works with staff across Pew to carry out its responsibilities.

We are seeking an accomplished, articulate, mature, and donor-focused professional with 4-6 years’ experience in a non-profit fundraising operation. The senior associate’s role will focus on building a pipeline of prospects, and managing the proposal, gift acknowledgement, and reporting processes for Pew Center on the States (PCS). Other responsibilities include tracking progress toward specific fundraising goals; directing research on current and prospective donors; and coordinating donor stewardship activities.

The senior associate position is based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and reports to the PCS development director. The senior associate’s responsibilities will continue to develop in line with PPG’s growth and needs.

Responsibilities

Acquire and maintain a thorough understanding of the projects led by the PCS and the goals and objectives associated with them.
Participate in PCS’s prospect relationship and proposal development process with the development director, leadership in PPG, and appropriate program staff.
Assist with the development of, and oversee the review and submission process for PCS proposals and reports. Coordinate with legal and finance units to facilitate and troubleshoot as needed.
Support PCS director of development in the preparation of regular reporting and updates to the Pew board, Executive Office, and within PPG.
Use prospect research to assist in formulating cultivation strategies.
Serve as liaison to Donation Accounting Services and PPG’s Program Support Services for PHG and Research Center gift accounting and maintenance of donor records.
Partner with PPG’s Donor Relations team to develop and implement PHG and Research Center donor cultivation and stewardship plans, including project updates, calls, events, and travel.
Participate fully in Pew’s Salesforce constituent relationship management and PeopleSoft financial systems to thoroughly document and track prospect moves management, and proposal and gift pipeline information on a timely basis.
Thoroughly understand Pew and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of financial support; and create prospect and donor communications that are compelling and connected to the core priorities of the institution.

Requirements

Four to six years of professional fundraising experience in a non-profit organization. Experience working as part of an effective team able to secure the organization’s fundraising objectives.
Bachelor's degree required.
Superb written (including editing and proofreading) skills are essential to this position, including the ability to understand and translate Pew’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness and to develop complex written materials to summarize the essence of issues and the means to address them.
Excellent verbal communication skills, including ease in briefly summarizing the core of an issue, Pew’s approach to it and the ability to make a persuasive case for support.
Creative and strategic thinker. Able to think out of the box, challenge conventional norms, and try new approaches.
Ability to quickly learn and understand policy and organizational issues and perform substantive research.
Strong relationship and partnership orientation. A team player with an institution-wide view. Respect for teamwork and appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues.
Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills. Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions and recommend possible solutions. Able to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate.
High detail orientation, particularly with facts and figures. Monitors and double-checks work and information for accuracy and quality.
Maintains a donor-focused demeanor at all times. Able to build rapport and provide assistance to high-profile external constituents as well as internal staff.
Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that thrives in a start-up environment. Prioritizes tasks to meet deadlines. Strong work ethic.
Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to establish and implement systems and identify resources to ensure the successful completion of projects.
Sound judgment and discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.
Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems. Asks questions to facilitate work being completed.
Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and the ability to use or learn technology used at Pew, including Salesforce and PeopleSoft.
Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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