Senior Associate, Broadband Access Initiative

Website Pew Charitable Trusts

Washington, DC (901 E)

The Government Performance Portfolio within Program
Pew’s government performance work identifies and advances effective approaches to help solve complex challenges at all levels of government in the United States.

The portfolio’s work can be traced back to our founders’ early efforts to improve the lives of Americans by supporting efforts that promoted health, civic engagement, and democratic ideals. Today, we conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative, non-partisan approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels as well as the interplay that can occur between jurisdictions. Current initiatives focus on health, fiscal and economic policy, and safety and justice, and take into account significant trends such as evolving technologies, and the increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States population.

Our teams explore and advance effective, evidence-based policies using credible, timely, and accessible research, assessing public support for change, identifying approaches that have proved successful elsewhere, and bringing together diverse perspectives to find common ground. We work in collaboration with organizations that share our commitment to rigorous research, measurable results, and public service, and we focus on developing durable policy change. In addition, our teams use strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public.

Broadband Access Initiative

Pew’s broadband initiative is housed within the Government Performance portfolio and led by a project director. The project will tackle the dual barriers of (1) inadequate physical infrastructure, which results in the absence of a high-quality internet connection; and (2) affordability, when individual households and small businesses cannot afford those connections. Our work through research, outreach, technical assistance and advocacy seeks to develop and highlight state models to improve affordable broadband access; improve federal and state broadband regulations by establishing speed goals and technological standards, improving the marketplace to include non-legacy providers; and informing and shaping new federal and state appropriations for broadband and improving accountability.

Position Overview
The senior associate will support the broadband access initiative’s efforts to provide technica l assistance, research, and analysis to state and federal decision – makers . Duties will include working with the associate manager and manager to design and perform outreach and technical assistance activities to support state and federal officials on issues related to broadband availability and affordability . They will collaborate with the project manager and other internal Pew partners, including External Affairs, to support that work . The senior associate will also work with external partners, including state and federal lawmakers and staff, partner organizations, and researchers, to help the project achieve its research and advocacy goals.

Reporting to the associate manager, broadband access initiative, and l ocated in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, this position is eligible for up to 60% telework.


•Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project’s related goals.

•Identify and carry out policy analysis of emerging po lic ies related to broadband and p rovide core outreach and stakeholder engagement capability for the project.

•Identify and develop relationships with in-state stakeholders and policymaking communities to advance the goals of the project and support technical assistance work.

•Monitor key activities of federal and state governments , academia, and advocacy groups in the broadband policy space.

•Represent Pew at in-state meeting s and convenings; discussing broadband policy issues with stakeholders, including government officials.


•Co-author/author memos, analysis, and outreach strategies for the project. R eview and fact-check materials produced by contractors and other staff.

•Work with the manager to support and execute the project’s communications and outreach strategy , including building relationships with external partners , working with coalitions, and identifying policy targets . Prepare materials for the project’s website and ensure that they are timely, accurate, and relevant.

•Support associate manager in planning, organizing, and executing stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other events both at Pew and in states.

•Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives , including development of new research proposals .



•Strong systems skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

•Excellent written and oral communication s skills, including experience summariz ing large amounts of information into executive briefings or key recommendations. Demonstrated clear and effective writing style.

•Strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrated capacity to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally and approach issues or questions with a nonpartisan, objective mindset .

•Proven capacity to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.


•Demonstrated time and project management skills, including experience meeting multiple deadlines by maintaining a high-level of organization , and using a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.

•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

•Generally, four years of applicable experience in the public policy arena. Familiarity with policies related to broadband issues.


Key attributes and preferred experience

•Experience in the state, local, and/or federal government is highly preferred.

•A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research.

•Skilled at developing and moving projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.


This position requires occasional domestic travel 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.

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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