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, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.
Philanthropic partnerships (PPG) is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and institutional prospects and donors, and collaborates with staff across the institution to carry out its responsibilities.
PPG is recruiting an Officer to join our dynamic and collaborative team and contribute to the overall strategy and operation of fundraising at Pew. This new position, part of a dedicated writing team within the Donor Relations unit, is responsible for creating sophisticated and comprehensive written cultivation and stewardship materials for individual and institutional funders in a fast-paced environment. The Officer serves in a project managerial and editorial role, drafting and ensuring high quality and efficient workflow of communications to donors and prospects, including concept papers, proposals, thank you letters, and stewardship reports; regular board reporting and other deliverables to the Pew board; and marketing/fundraising collateral. The Officer generates original written materials; oversees and edits pieces by departmental colleagues and across Pew; coordinates activities with colleagues in Pew's Communications department; and drafts, implements, and maintains communication policies and standards for PPG.
We are seeking an accomplished, donor-focused professional with a minimum of eight years professional experience, with a strong preference for a candidate with grant writing or other non-profit communications or marketing in their background. The ideal candidate is an organized and articulate professional with superior verbal and written communication skills. To be successful, he/she must navigate in a complex internal structure; work with multiple levels of management; possess excellent organization and communication skills; demonstrate experience managing people in an indirect reporting relationship; provide training/coaching to staff; and work well in a team environment. The Officer reports to the Director, Donor Relations, and in his/her absence, independently manages with minimal supervision a variety of donor communication and stewardship priorities. This position is based in Pew's Washington, DC, office.
- Draft or oversee the production of uniquely tailored written materials for donors, prospects, and connectors, including concept papers, proposals, thank you letters, stewardship reports, and other creative updates on funder investments with Pew.
- Ensure communications are of the highest quality and aligned with institutional fundraising strategy and key messages to advance engagement with donors, prospects, and connectors.
- Develop copy for specific materials, including donor presentations, cultivation and stewardship messages, briefings, research documents, and talking points.
- Work with senior management and fundraisers to lead the development of “care packages” and related documents for prospect engagement.
- Work with PPG's senior management to conceptualize and write Pew board related documents, including quarterly presentations, written overviews, and monthly narrative updates.
- Contribute to new and emerging prospect and donor communications initiatives across Pew, such as materials for planned giving and wealth and philanthropic advisors.
- Be an expert in understanding Pew, its work, and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of financial support; and translate Pew's work in the form of prospect and donor communications that are compelling and connected to the core priorities of the institution.
- Work with Pew's Communications teams to develop, design and print new materials, when needed.
- Implement strategy and policies for the writing team in PPG, with a high level of client orientation in the service of supporting excellent donor cultivation and stewardship.
- Project manage written work and keep colleagues on track for successful completion; as needed conduct meetings with PPG and other Pew staff (internal clients) to seamlessly coordinate project completion.
- Support special projects and requests related to donor stewardship from PPG and the Executive Office, including developing unique donor recognition packages.
- Stay up-to-date on donor stewardship trends and best practices, and serve as an expert resource to others.
- Other duties, as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred
Minimum of eight years of professional experience, with a strong preference for a candidate with grant writing or other non-profit communications or marketing experience.
Demonstrated expertise in working directly with fundraisers who support high net-worth individuals to produce donor communications, including proposals and stewardship materials.
Diplomatic outlook; able to provide guidance and critical feedback to—and secure buy-in from—senior professionals.
Expertise in written and verbal communications (including editing and proofreading), and the ability to understand and translate Pew's mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness; expert knowledge of grammar, usage, and communications strategies.
Excellent organizational and project management skills are required—to manage tasks for multiple projects at different stages simultaneously, with a strong capacity to track details.
Ability to learn quickly and execute tasks efficiently; prioritizes tasks to meet deadlines.
Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
Strong work ethic. Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that thrives in a start-up environment.
Takes pride in both the quality and accuracy of all work; high attention to detail.
Maintains a customer service demeanor at all times.
Strong relationship and partnership orientation; respect for teamwork and values communication and coordination with colleagues with an institution-wide view.
Strategic thinker, with the ability to suggest new approaches, establish and implement systems, and identify resources to support our work.
Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals.
Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook); ability to create attractive documents, simple charts, and spreadsheets.
Ability to learn technology used at Pew, including Salesforce and PeopleSoft, if not already familiar.
Proficiency in Adobe Suite for document compilation and design.
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.