Director, Government Relations

15 Dec, 2021


Director, Government Relations

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC

Government Relations

Government Relations (GR) seeks to advance Pew’s nonpartisan policy and research goals at all levels of government, in the United States and internationally. We focus on sharing the organization’s research and fact-based recommendations, shaping pragmatic strategies to achieve program objectives, and building relationships with key government officials to forge compromise and consensus on issues that make a difference to the public.

Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the senior director, GR. The director, is responsible for managing a team of professionals who develop and manage federal legislative strategies for the healthcare component of Pew’s Government Performance portfolio, with a focus on public and behavioral health. The director oversees outreach to federal officials in the executive and legislative branches, in close collaboration with individual project directors and other colleagues across Pew. The director also serves as a resource and coordinating point for health projects focused on informing and influencing state policymakers.


This role focuses on managing a team of government relations professionals and developing and implementing effective outreach strategies for bringing Pew’s work to the attention of federal and state policymakers, including administration and agency officials as well as members of Congress. In close coordination with program staff and colleagues across Pew, the director will educate policymakers about Pew’s research and recommendations through meetings, ongoing engagement with influential stakeholders, conferences, electronic communications, and other activities. Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and manage strategies and workplans to achieve federally focused project and campaign goals for projects seeking to improve and inform health policy. .
  • Supervise GR staff in collaboration with managers of individual projects, including mentoring, professional development of staff, and performance evaluations.
  • Serve as lead liaison for select Government Performance project team(s) for relevant project(s) within the portfolio and support new ideas exploration and broader cross-departmental strategic collaboration associated with new or expanded project development.
  • Lead federal outreach to and develop and maintain key relationships with members of Congress (particularly authorizing committees in Congress: HELP, Energy & Commerce, Ways and Means) and the executive branch, establishing new relationships and nurturing existing ones.
  • Work closely with counterparts in Partnerships and Communications to coordinate messages and outreach tools (including newsletters and social media managed by Communications) and tell the right story at the right time to the right stakeholders/policymakers.
  • Lead federally-focused stakeholder outreach to relevant business groups, trade associations, and other organizations whose support can help move Pew’s policy goals forward.
  • Support annual/multi-year stakeholder management and engagement plan focused on business community, think tanks, NGOs, and national partnerships.
  • With program and other Pew colleagues, develop a strong identity for Pew initiatives with key players in the U.S. Congress and federal executive branch. Work to raise the profile, credibility, and influence of Pew and its initiatives among these constituencies.
  • Identify, schedule, and attend briefings for reaching federal policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. Ensure alignment between federal, state, and local government relations objectives.
  • Track and analyze legislation, regulations, other policy proposals, and hearings, announcements, and other government actions relevant to Pew and share summary information with program teams on a timely basis.
  • Ensure that e-advocacy tools are used to support TOP goals, including education, advocacy, and lobbying by coordinating across various health projects.
  • Ensure that project and government relations staff associated with Pew’s health and behavioral health projects understand all statutory and regulatory obligations associated with lobby tracking and compliance, and successfully meet their compliance obligations on an ongoing basis.
  • Work with and direct government affairs consultants in support of campaign activities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience, required.
  • A minimum of 12 years of professional experience in government relations, government service, federal and state campaigns, and/or social policy advocacy, demonstrating a high level of understanding of state and federal administrative, regulatory and legislative policy development.
  • Experience working with a variety of public and private-sector officials, and a strong network of contacts with government officials, including members of Congress and their staff and state legislative staff, across the political spectrum. Experience with state policy is also beneficial.
  • Strong connections to public health officials and other public and private-sector health policy stakeholders who can influence the federal policymaking process. Stakeholder outreach experience with an ability to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in public health policy and regulations with focus on HHS (particularly CDC, CMS, FDA, ONDCP, SAMHSA, and NIH). Experience with policy change related to public health systems, policies affecting medical devices and dietary supplements, healthcare data, and health information technology is beneficial.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing performance management processes for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Strategic thinker with excellent political skills and judgment, demonstrated leadership and management ability, and strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Possess the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with a range of diverse interests. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with national partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and experience interacting with the media.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.


  • It is anticipated that this position will require travel domestically and to the Trusts’ Philadelphia office as needed.

Total Rewards

We offer 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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Job posted: 2021-12-15