Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20001 United States

Director, Partnerships, Environment, Pew Charitable Trusts

The Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Washington, DC (901 E)

Director of Partnerships, Environment

This position is based in Pew’s Washington, DC 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.


Are you passionate about Pew’s mission and would like to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life? If so, this is the right opportunity for you!

Pew’s Partnerships team works to scale Pew’s impact in the world by building an engaged community of partners and mobilizing resources to advance our vital work.

Position Overview

As the head of the Environment team, the director will focus on building fundraising, partnership, and big bet strategy and support for the environment program area, in collaboration with Partnerships, Program, and Pew leadership. The director will utilize the overall team’s research, data analytics, and existing prospect base to increase support and identify new sources of philanthropic and partnership revenue and collaboration. The director will build their content expertise in the Environment Program area and lead a team of fundraisers, while assessing the opportunity to grow the team in the coming years as business needs arise. The director will report directly to the vice president (VP), Partnerships and will be a collaborative partner with peers overseeing additional focus areas.


•Serve on the Vice President’s senior team, as a peer resource mobilization collaborator with two other team leaders. Provide strategic direction for assigned areas as well as be a contributing partner for Pew’s overall partnership goals.

•Develop and execute a multi-year plan to deliver support in the assigned area, including but not limited to a significant expansion of the pipeline of new donors and supporters.

•Participate in Partnerships’ annual planning, institutional planning processes, and regular reporting activities.

•Set a primary goal to develop deep relationships with Program leaders, gaining credibility in and a personal affinity for the work being conducted. Work in conjunction with Program staff to understand and translate the value proposition of the work to external audiences.

•Serve as lead fundraiser and proactively manage a portfolio of prospects by creatively and assertively developing and executing strategies across the environment program in close coordination with Program directors and others.

•Guided by the scope of prospects’ interests, collaborate with, and refer prospects across the full organization to leverage the maximum philanthropic potential of prospects.

•Provide expertise and strategic counsel to both Program and prospects regarding new development opportunities for evolving programs.

•Lead the development of written proposals, concept papers, fundraising plans, and the other materials needed to creatively deepen prospect engagement for securing gifts.

•In coordination with Donor Relations officer, develop and oversee comprehensive and creative donor stewardship plans.

•Instill confidence in and excitement about the work of the Partnerships team among all staff and internal constituent groups by fostering an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and collegiality; serve as an interactive and synergistic partner with colleagues across the institution so that all work together for the common good.

•Manage a team in a hybrid work setting, ensuring that all members are coordinated, understand goals, and thrive in a supportive and dynamic team atmosphere.

•Collaborate closely with Prospect Research and Portfolio Management colleagues to identify, assess, and drive opportunities, and to comprehensively refine team portfolios.

•Participate fully in Pew’s Salesforce constituent relationship management and PeopleSoft financial systems, collaborating with Analytics and Administrative team members.


•Generally, a minimum of ten years of successful fundraising experience, with a demonstrated record of closing significant investments and philanthropy through creative, entrepreneurial and sophisticated relationship building.

•A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required; advanced degree preferred.

•Demonstrated management experience, with a successful record of coaching and motivating teams to succeed.

•Successful experience implementing sophisticated cultivation strategies leading to successful closure of seven figure gifts.

•Ability to lead with, embody, and actively practice a growth mindset in work and interactions.

•A strong commitment to producing measurable results combined with creative problem solving.

•Exemplary verbal, written, and editing skills, including the ability to understand and translate an organization’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness.

•Experience developing complex written materials in a short period of time.

•A commitment to working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, collaborative environment with respect for accountability and responsibility.

•Sound judgment, integrity and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the mission and objectives of the institution.

•Ability to set short-and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities.

•High-level organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining clarity of focus and flexibility in the face of organizational change and ambiguity.

•Proven research and analytic skills, with the capacity to investigate an issue, and recommend viable solutions.

•Discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.

•Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and the ability to learn technology used at Pew, including Salesforce and PeopleSoft if not already familiar.


Occasional travel to develop and manage partnerships, attend conferences and meetings, and perform other business.

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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