• Senior Associate, Economic Development, State Fiscal Health

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/26/2018 10:33 AM)
    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.


    Position Overview

    Pew seeks to hire a senior associate, economic development, to play a role in our state technical assistance efforts to improve state and local fiscal and economic policy. The associate will report to the senior manager, economic development. The position will be based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office 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.


    • Research and analyze tax incentive evaluation practices, by reviewing state legislation, reports and evaluations, and conducting in-depth interviews with state analysts. Synthesize research to identify trends, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and compelling examples.
    • Once evaluation legislation is enacted, work with states to ensure it is implemented effectively.
    • Work directly with state evaluators, providing customized research and technical assistance to help them produce regular high-quality evaluations.
    • To effectively convey research findings to key audiences, develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, and infographics.
    • Work collaboratively with communication and outreach staff to identify and develop external relationships that will inform and advance the project’s goals. 
    • Help select states for technical assistance by identifying potential areas for improvement, analyzing proposed legislation and assessing obstacles. Provide technical assistance to state officials and policymakers in the selected states.
    • Develop relationships with incentive evaluators in the field. Identify and develop strategic partnerships to advance the project’s agenda and expertise. 
    • Organize, attend, and speak at in-person and online meetings and conferences (e.g., webinars) for evaluators and other key audiences.
    • Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.
    • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities.


    • A minimum of four years of professional work experience in the public policy arena. A working knowledge of government finance, economic development, and business regulations is desirable.
    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
    • Experience working with policy makers to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
    • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Demonstrated analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Experience working with complex policy and political issues, and developing sophisticated communications and government relations strategies.
    • Ability to develop and implement a systematic course of action.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. 
    • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.


    Approximately three to five trips per year (on average) to attend meetings or conferences and lead state efforts.



    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.


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