Senior Vice President Partnerships, The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • March 31, 2021
  • Washington, DC

Senior Vice President Partnerships, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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 both in and 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 Executive Vice President for External Affairs, the Senior Vice President, Partnerships, serves as an integral member of the leadership team, responsible for thoughtfully establishing and maintaining philanthropic partnerships with individuals and organizations that share our commitment to non-partisanship and fact-based discourse. The Senior Vice President develops and directs the execution of the organization's fundraising initiatives, working with the CEO and senior leaders in program portfolios, external affairs departments, and the Pew Research Center to identify and cultivate potential partners who can provide the resources, economies of scale and complementary expertise that enable the organization to act on ambitious challenges, design and implement solutions to major societal problems, and build momentum for lasting change. This position is responsible for growing and stewarding a diverse and vibrant set of relationships with traditional philanthropies and high net worth individuals as well as exploring multi-donor funding collaboratives and other creative models that allow Pew to co-invest with other donors.


Leading a team with expertise in partnership development, outreach, and fundraising. External funds raised from philanthropic partners typically total $35 to $40 million a year.

Developing Pew's strategic priorities for partnerships in collaboration with direct reports, Pew's leadership team, and other relevant stakeholders, particularly program area teams. Identifying areas of opportunity, evaluating risk, and setting priorities based on the greatest potential ROI are important facets of the job.

Engaging meaningfully with program leaders, including those at the Pew Research Center, to understand their needs for external financial support and ensure effective and efficient counsel, strategy development, outreach and stewardship. The senior vice president serves as a key counselor and partner to the CEO as well as the Executive Vice Presidents.

A key priority is to forge a forward-looking collaboration between program staff and the fundraising team to determine where effective large-scale collaborations could take root and prioritize fundraising efforts accordingly.

Maintaining a deep understanding of the space in which Pew operates —including activities of other organizations and trends in the philanthropic landscape—and identifying potential implications for Pew's strategy.

Developing and structuring sophisticated philanthropic partnerships, managing relationships with foundations and individual philanthropists, and building the internal support necessary to bring complex partnerships from concept to completion.

Managing efforts to engage new partners who can increase the impact of our work, including solicitation and stewardship of individual donors and foundations.

Providing periodic updates to various internal and external stakeholders, including Pew's leadership, the Board of Directors, and potential and current funders.

Fostering collaboration with departments within the External Affairs division (Government Relations, Communications), and with program, operations divisions, and the Pew Research Center.


Minimum of fifteen years of progressively more responsible fundraising experience, including significant experience leading major gifts initiatives, or equivalent experience raising capital for partnerships from donors/investors. Should have ten or more years of experience managing innovative and strategic teams as well as direct experience working with individual philanthropists or investors. Experience developing large-scale collaborations, aggregated giving funds, or co-investment opportunities preferred.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; master's degree preferred.

Proactive, seasoned professional with evidence of having worked as a business partner to senior level management including the CEO.

Strong interpersonal skills; able to quickly establish credibility and to develop and manage productive relationships. A creative entrepreneur who can build out new initiatives and foster collaboration with colleagues and partners.

Ability to understand and influence the organization. An understanding of public policy change and social science research, as well as a track record of integrating initiatives within the organization. Strong project management experience and an ability to learn quickly.

Solid judgment and a commitment to reputation management, collaboration, and stewardship.

Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills including the ability to effectively interface with staff, senior executives, and the Board of Directors.

Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, donors, program participants, and other supporters.

Commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.

Highly collaborative style and ability to work closely with leaders of Pew's communications, legal, finance, and program teams.

Ability to manage and oversee, develop, and motivate senior level direct reports.


Due to the pandemic no travel is expected in the first half of 2021. Once restrictions are lifted, travel to meetings and conferences, both in the United States and Europe, will be required.

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.

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