Senior Associate, Civic Initiatives, Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted by Pew Charitable Trusts on September 5, 2023

The Philadelphia and Scientific Advancement Program

Through the Philadelphia Program, Pew seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in our hometown by informing discussion on important policy issues facing the city, partnering with local institutions to encourage a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable populations, and pursuing civic initiatives to strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike. The broader Philadelphia and Scientific Advancement department also includes three initiatives that make grants to support scientific research: Pew Biomedical Programs, Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, and Lenfest Ocean Program.

Position Overview

The senior associate supports the Philadelphia and Scientific Advancement program’s grantmaking by contributing to the development and review of prospective projects, preparing grant requests for Pew board consideration, and monitoring existing projects that have been approved by the board. This position manages a portfolio of grants to organizations with which Pew has long-standing relationships, supports additional grants and projects within the civic initiatives and culture portfolios, and serves as a key resource on grantmaking throughout the Philadelphia program.

Reporting to the officer, this position is based in Pew’s Philadelphia office, and will participate in Pew’s core in-office days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will have flexibility to work from home the remainder of each week.


  • Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew’s and the program’s related goals.
  • Manage a portfolio of grants to more than 12 organizations with which Pew has long-standing relationships and that do important work in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Guide grantees through the proposal process, ensure that all information is complete, accurate, and timely, and monitor and evaluate grant results against objectives.
  • Build trusting, collaborative relationships with external partners, grantees, and other constituents.
  • Support the development and management of grant and project requests for the civic initiatives and culture portfolios. Conduct background research and due diligence, synthesize findings, and help Philadelphia program staff conceptualize new project ideas and plans.
  • Work with the Philadelphia program staff to respond to external requests for funding. Assist in the analysis of proposed projects by assessing alignment with the Trusts’ goals and interests, strength of organization and/or management capacity, and funding needs. Work with applicants to refine objectives, plans, budgets, reporting, and payment schedules, and provide technical support on using Pew’s online grant application.
  • Serve as primary liaison with Pew internal teams, including providing input and team feedback to Pew’s IT team and working with grant program services to ensure timely completion of all grant monitoring activities.
  • Produce content for key internal audiences. Contribute to a high level of quality and accuracy in all of Pew’s work and participate fully in Pew’s internal quality control process.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of issues important to Philadelphia.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the Philadelphia and Scientific Advancement program as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects.

Learn more and apply here.

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