• Senior Manager, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 6 months ago(5/9/2018 3:36 PM)
    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.


    Project Description:
    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.


    Position Overview:
    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.


    • Manage the project’s state staff, fostering team cohesion and providing opportunities for skill building and professional advancement.
    • Provide intensive assistance to states engaged with the project and its partners, including high-quality data analysis, development of evidence-based policy options, and effective policy maker and stakeholder education of proposed policies and practices.
    • Help draft, review, and shepherd project funding agreements and contracts, contract amendments, and renewals, through the administrative and review process:
      • Understanding and complying with state and federal laws regarding lobbying activity and disclosure thereof;
      • Developing and implementing plans for intensive technical assistance and advocacy support for state and local lawmakers pursuing comprehensive pension reform;
      • Providing unbiased, nonpartisan analysis of state-specific pensions data;
      • Developing and presenting tailored research findings and analysis; and
      • Managing external contractors who provide actuarial and restructuring expertise in support of Pew technical assistance efforts.
    • Facilitate working group meetings and outreach to executive, legislative, independent agencies, and other stakeholder members.
    • Coordinate the activities of the project and external partners, including national and state-based stakeholder organizations and consultants, to support state reform efforts.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative and communications strategies.
    • Help conduct state assessments and make recommendations of states to receive assistance from the project.
    • Assist in ensuring all state assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
    • Assist in the production and dissemination of state-based publications from the project and its partners, including generating ideas for publications (that may include original research), managing development of the ideas into viable publications, and drafting copy and graphics.
    • Develop relationships with respected policy makers and stakeholders in the field and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project’s agenda and expertise.
    • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging public-sector retirement and benefits system issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.
    • Work collaboratively across a team of researchers, policy analysts, and communications professionals, help develop and implement research on public sector retirement benefits, with a particular focus on state-specific analyses. Contribute constructively at every stage of the project, including:
      • Conceptualize and develop frameworks for research products that will support state technical assistance and advocacy efforts;
      • Develop strategies for monitoring relevant developments on state pension and retiree health care systems and identifying key emerging trends;
      • Critically synthesize information sources, including careful consideration of the limitations and opportunities presented by each;
      • Help coordinate research being conducted by team members and consultants;
      • Help coordinate the development of a collection of relevant research and datasets on public sector retirement benefits;
      • Conduct primary research, including empirical analysis, compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews, and interviews;
      • Accurately analyze and communicate results through reports and other research products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media, and policy makers, often in collaboration with Pew Communications staff and external writers and other consultants;
      • Attend and present at conferences, trainings, and stakeholder convenings;
      • Contribute to communication and outreach efforts by ensuring all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses, maintaining a constant commitment to accuracy in all work, participating fully in Pew's rigorous internal quality control process; and helping to facilitate internal and external partnerships; and
      • Ensure all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses.


    • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.

    • A minimum of 10 years of professional work experience in the public policy arena, particularly working in the state legislative arena. A working knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems is desirable.
    • Minimum of 3 years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
    • Demonstrated research and 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.
    • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with diverse partners to advance pragmatic solutions.    
    • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. 
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers and other constituencies.  Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.

    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. 


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