The Pew Charitable Trusts

Officer, Research, Public Safety Performance Project

3 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. The project 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 this project, visit


Position Overview:
Pew is seeking to hire an officer to develop and execute priority research and data projects while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in criminology, public policy or a related field, deep knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing and presentations.

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office will report to a project director. 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.


  • Work closely with the project’s criminal and juvenile justice data and research teams to execute priority projects for research publications and state data analysis, including documenting the impact of state policy reforms.
  • Act as internal peer reviewer on research and data projects.
  • Develop and manage relationships with outside data and research peer reviewers.
  • Develop relationships with respected researchers and policy makers in the field and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project’s agenda and expertise.
  • Develop and maintain research compendiums on selected criminal and juvenile justice topics for project staff knowledge and reference.
  • Facilitate the integration and strategic alignment of new research, data, and evidence with state policy work.
  • Liaise between the project and outside peer reviewers, institutional research review, communications, and other Pew departments.
  • Review new research from the field, provide commentary, provide regular project staff briefings, and integrate into project materials.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities.
  • Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in criminology, public policy or other relevant field required, Ph.D. preferred.
  • At least eight years’ relevant experience. 
  • Experience working with state policy makers, agency officials, researchers, and other stakeholders strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including the ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policy makers, the media, and the public.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely and in a compelling way, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
  • Familiarity with key adult and juvenile justice advocacy and interest groups, their positions and leadership.
  • Experience developing and moving complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented, and collegial environment.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including the 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. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion. 

An average of one to two trips per month to perform work in states.

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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