The Pew Charitable Trusts

Coordinator, Fiscal Federalism Initiative

3 weeks ago(1/4/2018 2:31 PM)
Job ID
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, 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 Overview:
Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative is housed in the Research and Science unit and led by a Director. The initiative provides research and analysis on issues where federal and state fiscal interests and funding overlap, the deployment and access to high-speed broadband, and select issues related to student loans. Our goal is to provide the data and analysis that is missing from the conversation and to inform the critical decisions by policymakers at all levels of government.

The team produces both short analytical pieces that are timed to inform the current debate and longer more in-depth research to illuminate issues where data is missing from the debate. We also have a robust outreach strategy to policymakers, the media, and the public and host convenings of stakeholders.


Position Overview:
The coordinator will support the fiscal federalism initiative, broadband research initiative, and student loans research projects and up to 20 staff. As part of this team, the coordinator will be responsible for coordinating activities across projects, conducting background research, assisting with communications, providing government relations support, legislative monitoring, planning and executing events and large meetings, assisting with the development and implementation of contracts, managing the projects’ constituent relationship management tool, and other duties.

The coordinator will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and will report to the initiative’s 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.


  • Coordinate activities and responses to organization-wide tasks across all projects and with the guidance of the director.
  • Assist with the development and monitoring of contracts.
  • Coordinate all aspects of internal and external event and large meeting planning.
  • Prepare relevant background information on policymakers, staff, and elected officials for meetings and convenings.
  • Provide support in the dissemination of research and publications from the projects and/or their partners. 
  • Track relevant legislative and policy developments at the federal level and across states.
  • Perform occasional research tasks – such as literature reviews, fact checking, etc.
  • Monitor news outlets and social media engagements on topics relevant to the projects, providing occasional summaries to project teams.
  • Maintain the projects’ constituent relationship management tool, Salesforce, to reflect ongoing research, events and outreach.
  • Assure that the projects’ events are in strict compliance with all federal, state, and local lobbying and ethics laws.
  • Draft letters and memos for routine correspondence. Maintain and improve document retention and electronic filing systems for the projects, file and retrieve documents promptly, and anticipate informational needs of the staff in order to provide background information and assemble materials for meetings.
  • Become proficient in Salesforce, Peoplesoft, SharePoint-based collaborative workspaces, Outlook, Excel and other web-based tools and share expertise with project staff.


  • Associate's degree required.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience or relevant internships in the public policy arena.
  • Understanding of and interest in federal and/or state fiscal, broadband, or higher education policy preferred. Experience working or internships on these issues is a plus.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Excellent organizational and written and oral communications skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals. 
  • Ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively; juggle multiple priorities; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; remain attentive to details; and identify resources for projects.
  • Experience with social media platforms preferred.
  • Keen attention to detail. Monitors and double checks work and information for accuracy and quality.
  • Strong initiative. Ability to anticipate needs and be proactive. Self-disciplined to meet deadlines and strong work ethic. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint-based collaboration spaces, Outlook, and Excel preferred. Salesforce and PeopleSoft a plus. 

It is not anticipated that this position will include travel.

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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