Principal Associate, Government Relations

15 Sep, 2023


Principal Associate, Government Relations

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC

Principal Associate, Government Relations


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

The principal associate, government relations will report to the senior director, GR operations and assist GR department leadership in short- and long-term functioning, planning, and strategy setting.  This role will ensure that GR’s personnel and resources are deployed in an efficient and equitable manner.


This position is based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, and will participate in Pew’s core in-office days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with the flexibility to work from home the remainder of each week. Candidates must be presently legally authorized to work in the country for which they are seeking employment without the need of visa sponsorship.



  • Gain visibility into the substantive and tactical work of each program vertical, demonstrate an ability to support the vision of the senior directors and collaborate with each vertical on the day-to-day operations of their teams. Serve as a partner for short- and long-term strategic planning.
  • Partner with the GR senior leaders on yearly departmental strategy development and the associated metrics and help the GR senior leaders track the team’s performance against the agreed upon metrics. Support updates to the goals and metrics throughout the year as necessary.
  • Learn and maintain a high-level of understanding for the substantive policy priorities of Pew’s most pressing policy initiatives.
  • Develop an understanding of the international, federal, and state political and policy environment in which the GR team is attempting to effectuate Pew’s policy goals.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with program colleagues and other external affairs departments to help GR better assist its internal partners and clients.
  • Support GR senior leaders to plan departmental meetings, events, and employee-engagement initiatives.
  • Maintain GR departmental calendar and track team activities.



  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Generally, six years of professional experience.
  • A working knowledge of various substantive public policy issues and the associated political realities. The curiosity and ability to quickly familiarize oneself with emerging policy/political issues.
  • Experience developing, executing, and tracking the performance of short- and long-term strategic plans, especially complex lobbying, advocacy, or public policy campaigns.
  • A demonstrated track record of project managing multiple projects simultaneously. Experience providing support to and partnering with senior leadership to ensure project deliverables, and assisting with prioritization of the time, resources, and personnel of the larger team.
  • Experience working in a multifaceted, highly matrixed organization with numerous, simultaneous organizational objectives and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated team player who is both confident and humble. Experience engaging with department teams in a manner that demonstrates value-add to the team in an advisory and support capacity.
  • A demonstrated track record of success at building relationships and partnering with a wide variety of leaders. Ability to manage and prioritize the differing and sometimes competing needs of GR’s internal partners, while maintaining GR’s integrity and goals and providing good customer service to GR’s internal clients.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately and exercise sound discretion and good judgment.
  • Experience with CRM systems, such as Salesforce, and business intelligence tools a plus.
  • 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.



Minimal travel anticipated.


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: 2023-09-15