The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Officer, Technical Assistance (Benefit-Cost), Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/23/2018 2:45 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance-State & Local
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    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, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, 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 state and county 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 selected 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.


    This work is focused on helping partner state and county governments to inventory their program expenditures and customize a benefit-cost model originally developed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy; and link this analysis to policy and budget processes so that leaders can use the results to inform their decisions.


    Position Overview:
    The officer, technical assistance, will provide intensive technical assistance to partner state and county governments in a variety of policy areas, including criminal justice, child welfare, health, mental health, and substance abuse. The officer also will contribute to the design and execution of related technical resources, support the ongoing development of the Results First benefit-cost model, and collaborate closely with internal colleagues and external partners to advance project goals. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the manager, tool development, and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


    • Train employees of partner state and county governments to implement the Results First technical approach and related tools, including the Results First Clearinghouse Database and the Results First benefit-cost model. This work will be done through a combination of in-person presentations, webinars, phone calls and emails. Specific tasks include:
      • Build and maintain relationships with government staff assigned to this project; facilitate collaboration between staff as necessary.
      • Work with government staff to develop timelines and tasks; motivate them to meet their specific goals.
      • Instruct staff on how to use the Results First Clearinghouse Database, including matching their programs to the evidence base and interpreting clearinghouse ratings. 
      • Help staff understand the fundamentals of the Results First benefit-cost model, such as rigorous evaluations, effect sizes, net present value, benefit-cost ratio, and Monte Carlo simulation.
      • Teach staff how to customize the benefit-cost model with jurisdiction-specific data, including marginal costs and resource use quantities.
      • Review and vet accuracy of government staff’s work.
      • Review and provide guidance to government staff on their presentation of results to policymakers.
      • Respond to questions on an as-needed basis; hold weekly or biweekly calls to monitor progress.
    • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the benefit-cost model and in collaboration with the manager, tool development, contribute to its ongoing development.
    • Assist with developing resources for government staff related to the implementation of the Results First approach and tools, such as user guides, data collection templates, presentations, and webinar recordings. 
    • Collaborate closely with other Results First staff.
    • Participate in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities as needed.


    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in economics, public administration, public health, or a related discipline strongly preferred.
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience.
    • Demonstrated experience training or teaching.
    • Experience working with state or local government, either directly or indirectly.
    • Strong analytical skills with great attention to details; knowledge of benefit-cost analysis preferred.
    • Substantial knowledge of at least one social policy preferred (e.g., child welfare, public health, mental health or substance abuse).
    • Ability to think critically and creatively.
    • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills; able to multi-task and prioritize work.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to communicate complex technical information to a diverse audience. 
    • Willingness to take initiative; able to successfully anticipate and do what is needed without being asked. 
    • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.

    It is anticipated that this position will undertake frequent travel, including providing on-site technical assistance (two trips per month, on average), participating in multi-state convenings, and attending professional conferences.

    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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