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.
Public pension sustainability is one of the most significant fiscal challenges facing states and municipalities today. In fact, our research shows that as of 2016, state governments had pension debts totaling more than $1.7 trillion. Although some plans are well-funded, in other places, if changes are not made, retirees, workers, and taxpayers will be left with rising costs and unpaid promises for years to come.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every state and municipality has a unique set of policy preferences and budgetary challenges. Given the high stakes for governments’ budgets and workers, policy makers need trusted information and guidance to help them consider possible options, understand what is known about each, then make decisions based on the best available information. This project will work with states and cities to examine their challenges and help policy makers consider data-driven policies that result in sustainable retirement systems while maintaining jurisdictions’ ability to recruit and retain skilled workers.
Specifically, the project will:
• Provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research, including 50-state reports, to help answer critical questions about which policy actions are most effective at controlling costs, meeting governments’ policy goals, and providing workers with retirement security;
• Provide selected states with customized technical assistance informed by tailored research; and
• Engage influential stakeholders to build the support necessary to enact reform.
Pew seeks to hire a senior manager, state policy, to work in selected states where Pew is providing customized technical assistance and the support needed to enact reform. The senior manager will be expected to contribute at multiple levels, taking lead responsibility for designing and implementing state technical assistance strategies, managing staff, and supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project, including research, communications, and national initiatives. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the project’s director 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. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing and presentation skills.
Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
Up to two to four trips per month to perform work or assessments in states.
Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and 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.