Professional librarian opening, Pew Charitable Trusts D.C. office

The Pew Charitable Trusts has an opening for a professional librarian in its Washington D.C. office.  Please apply for the position online at the following link:


Position description follows below.


Pew Overview:

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


Position Overview:

The Senior Associate, Research Librarian position offers a challenging opportunity for an individual to contribute to a wide range of initiatives for a leading nonprofit institution. The primary duties of the Senior Associate, Research Librarian are conducting customized research on behalf of Pew’s staff, maintaining and strengthening Pew’s Washington, D.C. library collection, and providing frontline library support to Pew’s Washington, D.C. staff.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. The Senior Associate, Research Librarian is a member of the Knowledge Management and Research Support unit and reports to the Manager, Knowledge Management and Research Support in Philadelphia.

  • Support Pew’s philanthropic and program activities by providing on-demand customized research services, including environmental scans, literature reviews, biographical profiles and other reports.
  • Maintain and strengthen Pew’s Washington D.C. library. Select research materials, including books, reports, periodicals, and electronic resources, that support the research activities of Pew’s staff.
  • Actively promote Knowledge Management and Research Support throughout the organization.
  • Educate staff in research skills through staff orientation, formal training classes and one-on-one user education.
  • Participate in the analysis and evaluation of new information tools and services.
  • Assist with the development of the annual Knowledge Management and Research Support budget and coordinate the purchasing and borrowing of materials for staff.
  • Oversee and assist the work of the D.C. Library Research Coordinator.
  • Serve as a back-up for serials check-in, circulation, interlibrary loan and other library administrative duties as required.
  • Minimum of five years professional library experience required. Special library experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. ALA-accredited Master of Library Science preferred.
  • Experience with supervising or mentoring staff preferred.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to find information in a broad range of subject matter.
  • Ability to work independently and with other professionals in a collaborative, project-focused environment.
  • Skilled at setting priorities, organizing time and identifying resources for projects.
  • Good interpersonal skills and customer service orientation.
  • Willingness to work with library users at all levels of research skill.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interview staff regarding research needs and translate needs into achievable projects. Ability to synthesize information and report back in concise, well-organized reports. Advanced database search skills required, including familiarity with Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, and EBSCOHost.
  • Ability to fit into Pew’s creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.