• Senior Associate, Fiscal Federalism Initiative

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/3/2018 4:38 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Research & Science
    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 Overview
    Pew's fiscal federalism initiative is housed in the Research and Science portfolio and led by a director. The initiative provides research and analysis on issues where federal and state fiscal interests and funding overlap. Our goal is to provide the data and analysis that is missing from the conversation and to inform the critical decisions by policymakers at both levels of government.


    The initiative 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. The topics are focused on issues where federal and state interests intersect and cover both spending and tax policies - ranging from higher education and Medicaid to natural disasters and tax conformity, among others.


    Position Overview
    The successful candidate will research budget, tax, and economic issues at both the federal and state levels. The senior associate will author and co-author research papers and issue briefs, critically review project materials, oversee contracts, help implement the initiative’s communications and outreach strategy, and present research findings in appropriate venues. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues on projects and on explorations of new research opportunities. The senior associate will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and will report to the 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.




    • Provide core research capability for the initiative. Identify and carry out policy analysis of emerging revenue and expenditure policy issues and proposals. 
    • Provide insightful and sophisticated analysis of large data sets, data from multiple data sets, and tax policy changes and distill the information into findings that are relevant to federal and state policymakers. 
    • Coauthor/author research reports and issue briefs for the initiative. Critically review and fact-check materials produced by contractors and other staff.
    • Review and provide regular summaries of federal legislation, including budgetary and tax, and regulatory proposals before the Congress that may impact states.
    • Help manage the initiative's contracts. Identify potential contractors, evaluate proposals, monitor progress and ensure products are delivered on time, within budget and meet the contract's objectives. Maintain sound budgeting records and work closely with the Pew’s internal operations units to meet institutional requirements.
    • Work with the project director to support and execute the initiative's communications and outreach strategy. Collaborate with Pew’s communications department to prepare materials for the initiative's website and ensure that they are timely, accurate and relevant.
    • Participate with Pew colleagues who are state fiscal experts on collaborative work and work with management on development of new research proposals.
    • Other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree strongly preferred.
    • At least four years of professional experience focused on public policy.
    • Familiarity with budget and tax policy issues. Experience in the federal and/or state government is highly preferred.
    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel; familiarity with at least one data analysis and visualization program (e.g. Tableau, Stata, R).
    • Familiarity with federal and state economic and budget data including data from the US Treasury, JCT, CBO, US Census, FFIS, BLS, NCSL, NASBO, and other sources.
    • Experience summarizing and distilling the essence of budget and tax legislation as well as regulatory proposals.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues effectively and clearly. Ability to write quickly and succinctly as well as to revise and edit based on input from a range of reviewers.
    • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
    • Proven ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
    • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
    • Ability to meet both individual and team goals in a professional and timely manner.

    It is anticipated that the senior associate will undertake a nominal amount of travel, including conferences and occasional trips, to promote the initiative's work.


    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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