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The student loan research project is a new project slated for launch in January 2018. This project will be housed in the Research and Science unit and led by the director of Pew’s fiscal federalism initiatives. It will provide research and analysis that will inform the public and the policy process on the challenges of two issues: default on student loans and veterans’ higher education debt. The project will use a variety of methodologies including survey research, focus groups, and analysis of existing data sets. In addition, it will have a robust outreach strategy that includes hosting convenings of major stakeholders, media outreach, and partnerships in the larger higher education, student loans, and veterans’ research communities.
The officer will work with the initiative’s senior manager and director to develop and implement the project’s research agenda. This includes doing independent research as well as guiding teams of researchers; authoring and co-authoring research papers, issue briefs, and other materials; providing leadership and guidance for and critically reviewing all project research products; overseeing contracts; helping implement the initiative’s communications and outreach strategy, which includes serving as a spokesperson when appropriate; and presenting research findings at conferences and in other appropriate venues.
The officer will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, report to the senior manager, and work closely with team members as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research review and support, government relations, human resources, legal, and other areas. 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.
Occasional travel to relevant national/regional conferences and for outreach to external audiences to promote the initiative’s work.
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.