Senior Associate, Antibiotic Resistance Project

Senior Associate, Antibiotic Resistance Project

Category : Alumni

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Antibiotic Resistance Project
Pew’s antibiotic resistance project supports policies and research that would spur the creation of new antibiotics, establish stewardship programs to ensure that antibiotics are prescribed only when necessary in human health care settings, and reduce the need for antibiotics in food animals. Follow this link for more information:

Position Overview
The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, informs and influences public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This includes developing subject matter expertise in the use of antibiotics in food animal production; taking a lead role in the execution of the project’s research and outreach goals; analyzing policies to phase out the overuse of antibiotics in food animals; and assisting with stakeholder convenings and communications. Reporting to the manager, antibiotic resistance project, the senior associate works closely with the senior officer, health program, and other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

Under the direction of the manager and guidance of other staff (specifically, the senior officer, health program):

Develop relevant subject matter expertise:
Develop a broad knowledge of issues related to antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture.
Track trends regarding animal antibiotic use.
Proactively identify and monitor the relevant positions of influential stakeholders and thought leaders.
Contribute to research and publication efforts:
Conduct literature reviews, qualitative research, and data analysis.
Track development and implementation of relevant public policy.
Draft fact sheets, issue briefs, Web features, and other publications.
Confirm accuracy of products and publications through quality-control and fact-check processes.
Contribute to policy advocacy and outreach efforts:
Collaborate with communications and government relations colleagues to generate materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders and ensure that materials are timely, accurate, and relevant.
Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating in-person and online convenings of key stakeholders.
Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.

Bachelor’s degree in a research or policy-related discipline required. Professional or advanced degree in public policy, veterinary science, or research-related field preferred.
At least four years of applicable experience in research or public policy.
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 with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
Knowledge of animal production systems or current policy and research on antibiotic use, particularly in food animal production, is preferred.
Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
Excellent oral communication skills, including an ease in conveying complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for policy and general audiences.
Excellent written and editing skills, including a proven ability to learn and adopt new writing styles as required.
Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

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