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

The Government Performance Portfolio within Program
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Project Overview
The substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The project does this by providing direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high-quality treatment for people with substance use disorders and implement other strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Additionally, the project highlights and disseminates innovative community-based strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Finally, the project conducts advocacy in Washington, DC, to achieve its programmatic objectives.

To inform this work, the project conducts and publishes research and other information on evidence-based and emerging practices and maintains relationships with external experts and other stakeholders. The team comes from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with policy, advocacy, and research experience.

Position Overview

The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, reports to the associate manager, technical assistance, and is eligible for up to 60% telework. Working closely with team members and support staff from communications, government relations, 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, webinars, and other events designed to inform policymakers and achieve the projects goals. The senior associate also assists with special assignments, including identifying and analyzing emerging issues related to substance use disorders.


  • Lead a direct effort to inform state policymaking through customized research and analysis, including, system evaluation, policy scans, and state implementation support, in compliance with local laws. This includes assessing the readiness of selected states for reforms and working toward the achievement of measurable goals and deadlines for state campaigns.
  • Plan, organize, and implement stakeholder meetings, expert panels, webinars, conference panels, roundtables, and other events to gain insights into the particulars of select state’s battle with the opioid epidemic and identify policy barriers that prevent people from accessing evidence-based treatment.
  • Design state implementation plans rooted in evidence-based recommendations that supports state efforts to expand access to treatment in an equitable and efficient manner.
  • Inform state leaders about opioid use and misuse; develop and edit reports, fact sheets, and prepare presentations and talking points to support internal and external communications.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate with other SUPTI staff, including strategic advisors, subject matter experts, and data experts to support state policy engagements.
  • Foster a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and in line with Pew’s and SUPTI’s stated IDE goals.
  • 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 or equivalent years of experience.
  • At least four years of applicable experience experience in a policy or health-related discipline is required.
  • Professional experience in substance use disorders or related research or health care policy area preferred along with experience developing and implementing state-based policy campaigns and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of health insurance programs, including private and public (preferably Medicaid or other state programs) plans a plus.
  • Knowledge of one of the following: harm reduction, lived experience and recovery, housing, outpatient treatment, in-patient services, and/or opioid settlement funds 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 commitment to a non-partisan, evidence-based approach to policymaking.
  • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, along with a track record of thinking strategically and creatively, juggling multiple priorities, adjusting to changing circumstances, resolving problems creatively and logically, organizing time efficiently and remaining attentive to details.

Regular domestic travel up to two times per month 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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