Substance Use Policy Research and Analysis Officer
Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Job Description

Formal job title: Officer, Policy Research and Analysis, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

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 officer, collaborating with project leadership and colleagues across the organization, independently conducts research and analyses to support the project's goals. Reporting to the senior manager, policy research and analysis, the officer provides issue area expertise on priority topics in the substance use field, leads development of publications and resources for policymakers, and plans stakeholder events designed to achieve projects goals.

Located in Pew's Washington, DC or Philadelphia office, this position is eligible for up to 60% telework.


  • Foster a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and in line with Pew and the project's related goals.
  • Define and design research on key policy and scientific issues related to substance use prevention and treatment. Monitor and remain informed of relevant policy, state, and national initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to advance project's goals, including developing resources and publications.
  • Develop and provide deep expertise and serve as a resource to project staff on priority topics, including buprenorphine, telehealth, and methadone.
  • Advise and collaborate with the project's state technical assistance and strategy teams to translate research to policy.
  • Manage research processes for the team, coordinating with Pew's research review and support staff and outside experts to ensure sound methodologies and accurate findings. Work with operations staff to oversee and manage contracts with researchers and experts.
  • Support refinement and execution of a strategy to integrate health equity into the project's research and policy work.
  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders in the substance use research and policy community. Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating stakeholder meetings and conferences.
  • Present findings internally and externally with policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Eight years of applicable experience in substance use prevention and treatment or related health care policy area.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices to Pew.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and identify themes.
  • Political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.
  • Strong systems skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite products.

Key attributes and preferred experience
  • Ability to comprehend and assess study design, methodology, and research findings and effectively communicate research results and limitations for a lay audience.
  • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
  • Knowledge of state-based programs, substance use treatment models, or other public health initiatives that address the opioid epidemic preferred.

Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings.

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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Preferred Years Of Experience:

8 Year(s)

Education Required:

4 Year Degree - BA

Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 08/09/2022