Associate I, Prospect Research
Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Job Description

Washington, DC (901 E)

The Organization

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today's big challenges - and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.


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

The Associate I is responsible for supporting the team that identifies prospects; conducts prospect research; and drafts, implements, and manages policies and procedures related to research.

We are seeking a collaborative, organized, and data-oriented professional with at least one year of experience in a nonprofit organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with utilizing a wide range of research resources and demonstrate proficiency at translating data and information into written documents.

The associate position is based in Pew's Washington, DC office and reports to the manager, prospect research.


  • Identify, research, and analyze new prospects and current donors for Pew's diverse portfolio of work by reviewing and analyzing news media, financial documents, internal files and databases, online donor information systems, and other internal and external resources.
  • Draft, revise, and edit philanthropic research documents, including background reports, prospect briefings, and biographies. Ensure that briefing materials are appropriate for senior leadership and aligned with institutional strategy and key messages.
  • Assist with cultivation and stewardship events by developing guest profiles.
  • Analyze, segment, and create reports.
  • Participate fully in Pew's Salesforce constituent relationship management (CRM) system.
  • Adhere to recognized fundraising and research ethics policies and standards.


  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, required.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience in a nonprofit organization and with donor research. Familiarity with the fundraising cycle and where prospect research fits within that cycle.
  • Strong written skills (including editing and proofreading) are essential to this position, including the ability to understand and succinctly translate data for fundraisers, senior management, and the board of trustees.
  • High level of attention to detail, particularly with names, financial data, and biographical details.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills. Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions, and recommend possible solutions. Ability to build a logical approach to address problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources.
  • Strong collaborative orientation. Ability to develop working relationships and communicate with colleagues.
  • Self-disciplined, action-oriented style. Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. Strong work ethic.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling and securing confidential information and adhering to professional ethics.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams) and research databases such as Nexis for Development Professionals, WealthEngine, and RelSci. Ability to learn new prospect and donor technology used at Pew, including Salesforce, if not already familiar. Experience using Salesforce or other CRM software is a plus.


Minimal travel anticipated.

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.



Preferred Years Of Experience:

2 Year(s)

Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 08/11/2021