The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Research, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

2 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:
In the current fiscal environment, most states and local governments are facing tough budget choices and are lacking the resources needed to support traditional levels of public services. Increasingly, policymakers are seeking those combinations of programs and policies that will yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative (Results First), a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states and local governments to implement an innovative approach to evidence-based policymaking that helps them identify and invest in policies and programs that are proven to work.

Results First is working intensively in selected states and counties (jurisdictions) in targeted policy areas to embed benefit-cost analysis and related tools into policy and budget decision-making. This work is focused on both helping governments customize and implement innovative tools and linking their analyses to their policy and budget processes so that leaders can use the results to inform difficult decisions.


Position Overview:
The senior associate, reporting to the manager, research, will play a key role in leading the development of research products and resources (including briefs, reports, and 50-state analyses) that help advance the field of evidence-based policymaking in state and local governments and brings research to help inform Results First’s work in states and localities. 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.


  • Lead the development of published research products, including developing research methodologies, creating a plan for conducting qualitative or quantitative research, writing reports, fact sheets, analyses and internal research products, facilitating fact checking, and shepherding products through Pew’s editorial process.
  • Lead phone and in-person interviews with government officials, subject matter experts, and non-profit or private sector stakeholders to inform the development of written research products and resources.
  • Collect, organize, and analyze quantitative/qualitative data using various software applications, including Excel, Access, NVivo, to inform the development of research products and resources.
  • Support the development of a database of promising practices, which Results First plans to roll out over the next six months, including conducting searches to identify promising examples of evidence-based policymaking, conducting interviews and background research on specific initiatives or practices, and writing short published analyses.
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews on various topics of interest.
  • Help plan and execute convenings, webinars, and presentations designed to advance project goals; assist in securing speakers and developing materials.
  • Help support the overall goals of the Results First initiative and provide research support to other members of the team, including members of the state policy and technical assistance teams. 


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred. 
  • At least four years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated knowledge of public policy and/or public administration and/or subject matter expertise in one of the following areas: criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, substance abuse, mental health, early childhood.
  • Demonstrated experience writing reports, white papers, memorandums for a lay audience.
  • Experience leading research projects (or leading streams of work as part of larger projects) for government, non-profit, or private sector clients. 
  • Experience conducting interviews for research purposes, and analyzing large amounts of qualitative data to identify key themes and trends.
  • Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of (qualitative or quantitative) information and summarize findings effectively.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. 
  • Ability to think strategically, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; flexible and able to juggle multiple competing priorities.

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.


Limited travel for occasional meetings and conferences (less than 5 percent).



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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