Principal Associate, Archivist, Library and Archives, Evaluation and Program Learning, Strategy

Position Overview The principal associate will be responsible for preserving Pew’s history, including management of Pew’s digital archiving program and its application to information in various systems. The principal associate will provide research support for Pew staff with a special emphasis on Pew’s history, including the founders, and past philanthropic work, and creates knowledge resources using Pew’s archives.  The position, based in either Pew’s Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia office, reports to the officer, lead librarian, library and archives.


  • Leads Pew’s archiving efforts for both digital and physical records, including managing Pew’s relationship with the Hagley Museum & Library, which stores Pew’s physical archives.
  • Serve as primary person responsible for archival efforts, including identifying and preserving digital records; digitizing older Pew materials; keeping statistics of archived files; and, making digital archival material available to Pew staff.
  • Applies cataloging and tagging to digital records and manages Pew’s taxonomy.
  • Maintains and revises as needed the unit’s ongoing digital archiving strategy.
  • Collaborates with program and operations staff to identify needs and to support solutions for storing and preserving program data and information in alignment with Pew’s archiving practices.
  • Promotes knowledge sharing, particularly related to Pew’s history, throughout the organization.
  • Curates program information for use by Pew staff on Pew’s intranet.
  • Conducts Pew historical research as requested. Learns history of organization and becomes a resource on Pew history for colleagues and external queries.
  • Researches and writes internal articles highlighting past Pew programmatic work on topics identified in collaboration with unit leadership.
  • Provides virtual and in-person training to staff on researching Pew’s historical information.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required; master’s degree in library science or equivalent is preferred. 
  • At least six years of experience in an information, history, or archives related position, such as a library or archive, with an emphasis on cataloging or taxonomy application. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize materials and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate. Ability to communicate complex ideas for a general audience, with strong public speaking skills and an ability to persuasively engage individuals or groups in dialogue that results in a desire to take action. 
  • The ability to classify complex information. 
  • Ability to work independently and with other professionals in a collaborative, project-focused environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to balance multiple priorities, remain attentive to details, organize time, and work autonomously on discrete projects. 
  • Comfortable working with and responding to inquiries from staff from all levels of the organization, including senior management.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues across the institution. A collaborative spirit and deep customer service orientation. 

Travel This position may require occasional domestic travel.  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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