• Associate I, Economic Development, State Fiscal Health

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/13/2018 3:58 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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    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
    The state fiscal health project is an initiative to help states adopt policies and practices designed to improve their long-term fiscal health and economic growth.

    The project has three primary objectives: (1) provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research that helps lawmakers understand states’ fiscal and economic challenges and how to address them; (2) engage and educate critical constituencies that influence policy decisions; and (3) provide states with customized technical assistance and research.


    Position Overview:
    Pew seeks to hire an associate I, economic development, to play a role in state fiscal health’s technical assistance efforts to improve state and local fiscal and economic policy. The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior manager, economic development, 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 state fiscal and economic policy and practices by reviewing state legislation, reports and evaluations, and conducting in-depth interviews with state officials.
    • Synthesize research on issues, such as tax incentive evaluation and business regulation, process improvement to identify trends, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and compelling examples.
    • Help select states for technical assistance by identifying potential areas for improvement and assessing obstacles. Provide technical assistance to state officials and policymakers in the selected states to help design, implement, and evaluate policy reforms.
    • Help identify, analyze, and develop ideas for new lines of work that will improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.
    • 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.
    • Develop relationships with incentive evaluators and regulators in the field. Identify and develop strategic partnerships to advance the project’s agenda and expertise.
    • 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.


    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • At least four years of professional work experience in the public policy arena. Understanding of state budget and tax policy and/or economic development is desirable.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
    • Strong intellectual curiosity. Demonstrated interest and skills in researching and analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information. Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, clear, compelling, analytical narratives accessible to a range of audiences. Experience with public speaking a plus.
    • Able 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 juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
    • Aptitude with Excel required. Experience with statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS, etc.) is desirable.
    • Other duties as assigned


    Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings.


    Total Rewards
    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 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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