Senior Associate, Partnerships (Fundraising), Environment

Pew Charitable Trusts Published: April 1, 2024
Washington, D.C.
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Fundraising / Membership
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Senior Associate, 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

The senior associate will be focused on building fundraising and partnership support for needs of the Environment programs, utilizing research, data analytics and existing prospects to increase support and identify new sources of philanthropic and partnership revenue and collaboration. This area is purposefully focused given Pew’s significant investment in the environment space, allowing for a portfolio that is concentrated in a vast area of work for the organization and the interests of current and perspective donors. The senior associate will focus on fundraising and portfolio execution, take direction from the team manager and director, and establish relationships both internally and externally. The candidate will be metrics-focused in their work and ROI focused in outcomes.


  • Execute an assigned portfolio of prospects to identify areas of philanthropic and partnerships support for the needs of the Environment program, with a focus on six figure gifts.
  • Develop written proposals, concept papers, fundraising plans, and the other materials needed to creatively deepen prospect engagement for securing gifts. 
  • Guided by the scope of prospects’ interests, collaborate with, and refer prospects across the full organization to leverage the maximum philanthropic potential of prospects.
  • Collaborate closely with Prospect Research and Portfolio Management colleagues to identify, assess, and drive opportunities, and to refine your portfolio.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues who are also responsible for portfolio execution, identifying best practices while suggesting process improvements for the benefit of the overall team.
  • In coordination with Donor Relations officer, develop and execute comprehensive and creative donor stewardship plans for portfolio.
  • Set a primary goal to develop deep relationships with Environment leaders, gaining credibility 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.
  • Participate fully in Pew’s Salesforce constituent relationship management and PeopleSoft financial systems, collaborating with Analytics, and Administrative team members.
  • Be meticulous in prospect reporting and tracking relationships in the CRM utilized by the team.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, is required.
  • Generally, a minimum of 4 years of external fundraising experience.
  • Commitment to embody, practice, and develop growth mindset skill sets in work and interactions.
  • Experience working as part of an effective team able to secure the organization’s fundraising objectives preferred.
  • Excellent writing (including editing and proofreading) skills, including the ability to understand and translate an organization’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including ease in briefly summarizing the core of an issue, the organizational approach to it, and the ability to make a persuasive case for support.
  • Creative and strategic thinker. Ability to think out of the box, challenge conventional norms, and try new approaches.
  • 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 addressing problems by drawing on knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate.
  • High detail orientation, particularly with facts and figures. Monitors and double-checks work and information for accuracy and quality.
  • Maintains a donor-focused demeanor at all times. Ability to build rapport and provide assistance to high-profile external constituents as well as internal staff.
  • Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that can prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, as part of a team or independently.  Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to establish and implement systems and identify resources to ensure the successful completion of projects.
  • Sound judgment and 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 (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) and the ability to learn systems/technology used at Pew, including Adobe, Salesforce, and PeopleSoft.


  • Occasional 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. 

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