Project Director, Pew Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted by Pew Charitable Trusts on May 15, 2017

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.

The Philadelphia Program

Through the Philadelphia Program, Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable residents, informing discussion on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.

The Pew Fund, part of the Philadelphia program, is Pew’s primary vehicle for providing support to organizations who help some of the region’s most disadvantaged individuals and families. The Pew Fund focuses on three populations: frail elderly; poor children, youth and families; and vulnerable adults. The program supports close to 100 nonprofits in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Position Overview

The project director oversees the work of the Pew Fund. This position offers a unique opportunity to help guide the use of Pew’s local resources in support of high-quality and effective services for vulnerable individuals and families to enhance their opportunities for greater independence and stability in the community. Through a rigorous selection process the program seeks to support organizations that: have deep understanding of the needs of the program’s target populations, use research-based and high quality interventions to address their clients’ challenges, have track records of success, and are fiscally sound and well-managed.

The ideal candidate will have significant and substantive work experience in the health and human services arena, with demonstrated knowledge of the growing body of research and evidence regarding what works to address the specific issues facing the program’s target populations. He/she should also have deep understanding of demographic trends, financing, public policy and other challenges facing health and social service providers. The candidate will also have the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

The project director reports to the vice president, Philadelphia, and manages a team of project staff.


  • Oversee all aspects of the Pew Fund, including the development of goals and objectives for each grant making cycle; the thorough assessment of requests submitted through the competitive funding cycle that is conducted annually in one of the program’s three categories — elderly; children, youth and families; and vulnerable adults — the identification of external experts to participate in the review process; the development of recommendations and materials for consideration by Pew’s executive and board leadership; the ongoing monitoring of Pew funded projects to ensure they are making progress on their programmatic and budget deliverables and continue to be in sound fiscal health; and, the annual reporting by grantees of their program results.
  • Oversee the implementation of a new Trusts-operated project focused on strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capabilities of Pew fund grantees.
  • Maintain substantive understanding of public policy, funding, demographic trends, research and best practices and the implications of these for local health and human services agencies and the Pew Fund’s grant making.
  • Establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with diverse stakeholders including grantees and other nonprofit organizations, funders and public sector representatives to help them understand Pew’s role and to be informed about their work.
  • Establish effective relationships with other key units at Pew including staff in the Program, Finance, and Communications departments.
  • Represent Pew at public forums and speaking engagements. Prepare written materials for external use.
  • Produce measurable and meaningful results that advance the goals of the Pew Fund.
  • Contribute to the overall objectives of the Philadelphia Program.
  • Further Pew’s reputation as an effective, innovative leader.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • At least ten years of relevant professional experience.
  • A minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing the performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Keen attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Able to balance multiple priorities and organize time independently.
  • Proven success in overseeing complex projects and achieving measurable results.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of people at all levels of the organization and with other institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; articulate and self-assured.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems and processes while emphasizing accuracy and high quality.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.


Occasional domestic travel required.

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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