The Pew Charitable Trusts

Coordinator, Research Support, Program

3 weeks ago
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Program-Research & Science
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.


Program Overview:
Research Review and Support (RRS) facilitates the research process across all Pew programs and projects. Staff help ensure the integrity and quality of all research outputs. This work involves taking a research concept from initial hypothesis and proposal through post-analysis data checks, fact checking, and external expert or peer review. RRS advises project teams on the best methodological or analytical approaches, datasets and, if appropriate, external vendors to achieve desired outcomes. RRS staff also provides direct research assistance, most commonly data collection and literature reviews, as required. Finally, RRS fosters a Pew research community that leverages and builds staff expertise, tools and capacity across project teams and on a wide range of topics and disciplines.


Position Overview:
The coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of Pew’s research review processes. These processes include: (1) review of written research plans prior to management approval to do the work; (2) review of written methods plans by the research review team and ad hoc review committees, followed by written feedback on the plans; (3) data checks and fact checks after analysis has been completed; (4) review of proposed surveys; and (5) temporary staff support to major studies, such as those comparing the performance of all 50 states. The coordinator will work with project teams to make sure the proper protocol is followed, work collaboratively with other members of the research team and with researchers throughout Pew, and maintain excellent records of each research project and request for assistance. The Coordinator reports to the Manager, Research Support and will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC office.


  • Coordinate the Research Review and Support (RRS) team’s review of research plans submitted by project teams and provide consolidated RRS comments to the project teams.
  • Coordinate the review and discussion of each project team’s methods plans. This includes: (1) identifying Pew researchers with the appropriate skills to serve on ad hoc methods review committees; (2) scheduling meetings of these committees; (3) participating in the meetings and making notes of feedback provided in the meetings; (4) drafting and coordinating the review of written feedback on methods plans; and (5) providing that feedback to project teams.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records in a database for all research and survey projects within Pew. The database includes research plans, methods plans, and documentation of review and approval of the research, as well as data and fact checks.
  • Systematically track the status of research projects in the review process.
  • Communicate clearly and accurately with project teams about review process requirements.
  • Manage the workflow of requests from project teams for assistance from RRS, such as for literature reviews, data checks, and fact checks. 
  • Maintain the RRS data repository, which contains datasets that were used to support completed research.
  • Maintain a database of key skills of Pew researchers. 
  • Coordinate monthly meetings of Pew’s internal research liaisons committee and work through this group and others to share relevant professional information within Pew’s research community. 
  • Identify and organize various training opportunities for Pew researchers (e.g., new staff training, software training, and presentations by research experts).
  • Manage research software purchases, licenses, maintenance agreements, and renewals.
  • Track expenditures against the unit’s budget, and help prepare budget requests.
  • Maintain the RRS landing page on Pew’s internal website.


  • Associate’s degree required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • One year of relevant work experience.
  • Strong attention to detail when entering and reviewing data and records. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward.
  • Experience with project tracking and database management is highly desirable. Knowledge of Sharepoint is a plus.
  • Experience working with researchers is a plus, as the job may entail writing clear summaries of recommendations made in research methods meetings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills--able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize self and manage time. Self-disciplined to meet deadlines and strong work ethic.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and be proactive in spotting and correcting issues of concern.
  • Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
  • Responsiveness to requests and commitment to providing high quality service. Maintains a customer service demeanor at all times.


Minimal travel, if any, is expected for this position.


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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