Washington, DC

Vice President, Partnerships, Pew Charitable Trusts

The Organization

Established in 1948, The Pew Charitable Trusts is a global nongovernmental organization that seeks to improve public policy, inform the public, and invigorate civic life.

Position Overview

Washington, DC (901 E)

Position Overview


The Partnerships department is responsible for maintaining a broad and diverse base of public support for Pew’s programmatic work, bringing in external financial resources to complement investments by the Pew family trusts, and working with program leadership to establish large-scale collaborations that allow philanthropic partners to invest alongside the organization. The department works closely with staff across Pew, including at our subsidiary, the Pew Research Center, to carry out its responsibilities.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Partnerships, the Vice President, Partnerships (VP) position provides an opportunity for a highly skilled manager and proven fundraising expert to lead and inspire a high-performing and experienced team. The VP will be charged with ensuring the successful planning and implementation of the overall fundraising strategy and day-to-day management of the team, while the Senior Vice President focuses on long-range planning and multi-year, multi-donor partnerships. Currently, the organization raises $30-$40 million per year from philanthropic partners and is seeking someone with major gifts experience and a commitment to thoughtful donor stewardship.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess significant experience in managing all aspects of a fundraising program and will be a proven leader in organizational change. The successful candidate will share a vision and commitment to Pew’s mission and culture, including rigor, nonpartisanship, and stewardship. The position requires excellent communication skills, exceptional judgement, and an ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies.

As a key thought partner to the Senior Vice President in implementing annual organizational and fundraising strategies, the VP will lead fundraising goal setting, organizational assessment, continuous improvement processes, and talent management. As a member of Pew’s senior leadership team, the VP will also work in partnership with other vice presidents across Pew to foster collaboration around fundraising needs and overall institutional objectives to achieve the highest level of success. This position is located in Pew’s Washington, DC office.


  • Develop and execute ambitious but achievable annual and long-term plans for fundraising across the organization. Create tailored plans for key initiatives, including at the Pew Research Center.
  • Oversee all fundraising activities, including major gifts; trusts, estates, and gift planning; donor stewardship; database management; and research. Oversee a staff of 24.
  • Manage relationships with philanthropic partners and explore new development strategies, working closely with program colleagues.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and management to create an environment of respect, accountability, motivation, professional growth, and high productivity.
  • Contribute to the development of documents for the board, including quarterly updates and annual progress reports.
  • Serve as a member of Pew’s senior leadership team.


The VP must be an experienced fundraising professional with a successful track record of developing and implementing creative strategies for increasing support for mission-driven organizations.

  • Minimum of 15 years of senior development and management experience gained in a high-growth organization. Possession of a supportive and accessible management style, the ability to lead and motivate a diverse staff, and experience managing change and growth.
  • Minimum of 10 years of previous direct supervisory experience, including managing performance management processes for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • A desire to play a key role in achieving an ambitious vision that will require creative thinking, internal collaboration, and a comfort level with a fast pace.
  • The intellectual depth, maturity, and confidence to work with and command the respect and confidence of colleagues as well as philanthropic partners.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity.
  • Superior management skills with a demonstrated ability to influence and engage peers and direct and indirect reports in a way that fosters an inclusive, open team culture.
  • Proven track record of developing and executing creative and successful fundraising strategies. Proven ability to deliver on ambitious goals and benchmarks.
  • Expertise in mentoring and leading fundraising staff to help them establish and steward relationships with prospective and current funders; significant experience in foundation, major and principal gift fundraising.
  • Ability to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes. Excellent knowledge of current philanthropic trends and ability to articulate Pew’s mission, priorities, and goals to encourage others to collaborate.
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic.

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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