Senior Associate, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative (Technical Assistance)

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jun 27, 2019
Full time Health Care Legal

Job Description

Position Overview

The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, reports to the manager, technical assistance. Working closely with the team members and staff from communications, government relations, state strategy, and other Pew departments, the senior associate will provide project management and strategic guidance for one or more states’ technical assistance efforts. This work includes participating in the development and implementation of Pew’s state campaigns to expand access to effective treatment for substance use disorders by completing policy analyses, conducting key informant interviews, and planning and facilitating stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events designed to achieve projects goals. The senior associate also assists with special assignments, including identifying and analyzing emerging issues related to substance use disorders. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Lead strategic state issue campaigns and initiatives with full ownership of the technical assistance plan, evaluation, and implementation of a state. This includes assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms and working toward the achievement of measurable goals and deadlines for state campaigns. To successfully accomplish this work, the senior associate may travel to meet stakeholders approximately five (5) days per month, often with multiple trips. This role will be done in collaboration with a project lead from Pew’s State Strategy Group.
  • Define and research key policy and scientific issues related to substance use disorders, including topics such as coverage for evidence-based treatment, treatment systems and infrastructure, and funding.
  • Plan, organize, and implement stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events to gain insight into opioid use and misuse in each state to provide the state’s leadership with technical assistance on the epidemic; develop and edit reports, fact sheets, and other materials generated from these events.
  • In collaboration with the project director and manager, evaluate project budgets, identify and vet consultants and firms, and negotiate contracts that clearly achieve program objectives and are cost effective.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders from the public health, public safety, research, and policymaking communities at the national and state level to advance the goals of the project. Where appropriate, assist in the development of plans and materials to integrate state and national partners in project work.
  • Evaluate national and state initiatives related to prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and have a thorough understanding of the existing and emerging models and evidence surrounding the impact of these programs.
  • Participate in the development of presentations and talking points to support internal and external communications.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a policy, or health-related discipline required. Professional or advanced degree in public health, public affairs or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in substance use disorders or related research or health care policy area.
  • Experience in developing and implementing state-based policy campaigns and initiatives preferred.
  • Knowledge of health insurance programs, including private and public (in particular Medicaid or other state programs) plans a plus.
  • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue as well as identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
  • Strong ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media and the public with examples of previous documents available upon request.
  • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

Regular domestic travel (up to 50%) for meetings and conferences.


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.