The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Manager, Criminal Justice, Public Safety Performance Project

6 months ago
Job ID
Program-Government Performance-State & Local
The Pew Charitable Trusts




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 invigorate 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 public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, 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.


Project Description
The Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. PSPP helps policy makers advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. For more information about PSPP, visit


Position Overview
Pew is seeking to hire a Senior Manager for PSPP’s criminal justice portfolio. They will be expected to contribute to the entire spectrum of activity under the initiative, including oversight of PSPP's technical assistance to states, research agenda, and partnerships with national and state-based organizations. The position is located in the Pew’s offices in Washington, DC, and reports to the Director, Research and Policy.


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. 




  • Oversee PSPP's portfolio of criminal justice assistance to states, ensuring high-quality data analysis, development of evidence-based policy options, and effective public and policy maker education efforts resulting in changes to state law, policy and practice.
  • Oversee PSPP's portfolio of criminal justice research, producing a steady stream of high-impact publications related to trends in criminal justice, evaluations of policy reforms, and multi-state descriptive and causal investigations.
  • Supervise and mentor staff while fostering professional development opportunities. 
  • Manage PSPP partners working on state technical assistance, including identifying needs and appropriate partners, developing workplans, executing agreements, and securing deliverables.
  • Perform additional duties related to criminal justice technical assistance, including coordinating with other PSPP senior staff on the evaluation of states for participation in the Project; conducting work to help states prepare to embark on reform; overseeing the production and dissemination of state-based publications; assisting in the development and execution of multi-state convenings; assisting with efforts to help states maintain and track the impact of reforms; and providing ad hoc assistance to states outside of the intensive technical assistance process.
  • Proactively and closely coordinate the state technical assistance work with colleagues in research, national partners, communications, legal, and government relations.
  • Participate in PSPP's senior staff meetings and strategic planning, including representing the criminal justice staff and leading selected conversations and issue explorations.  Help determine PSPP's direction, new initiatives and manage change with staff.
  • In order to advance PSPP's efforts and expertise, cultivate productive relationships and communication with a wide range of constituencies interested in criminal justice reform and states’ fiscal health, including policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and advocates.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging criminal justice issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.
  • Represent PSPP and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of PSPP as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required.  Advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas:  sentencing, community corrections, prisons and jails, pretrial, courts, law enforcement, prosecution, or criminal defense.
  • Experience working with senior state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other stakeholders strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience overseeing a performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public strongly preferred.
  • Experience convening groups of policymakers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
  • Exercises a logical and resourceful approach to evaluating and addressing problems.
  • Expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally.  A clear, effective writing style.
  • Experience developing and moving complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Able to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.  Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects. 
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.  Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.

An average of two to three trips per month to perform work in states or participate in convenings.


Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete 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 help you 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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