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.
The civil legal system modernization project was launched in 2018 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project works to make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by implementing the most promising technologies and tools to assist self-represented litigants and improve state court efficiency. The project provides technical assistance to courts to encourage the broad-scale adoption of these technologies and conducts evaluations to determine best practices.
Specifically, the project will:
The officer, research, reports to the senior officer and is responsible for managing, writing, editing, and conducting research that supports technical assistance on civil legal system modernization at the state level, as well as broader research that illustrates challenges with the civil legal system in the US in general. The officer manages the project’s research processes to ensure that new work is methodologically sound, relevant, and accurate. Work also includes development of new tools that help states identify policies and practices that can improve access to civic data, efficient court processes, and fair outcomes in the civil legal system. The officer also conceives, researches, writes, and produces additional content with insight into the connection between the civil legal system and critical policy issues at the state and local level; provides expertise and support to the project’s identification of best practices in technology and other civil legal system innovations; and oversees relationships with external researchers and evaluators. The ideal candidate has strong quantitative and qualitative skills, as well as familiarity with one or more aspects of the civil legal system (e.g., courts, legal services, law libraries, and/or substantive areas such as housing, family, consumer debt).
The officer collaborates with the senior officer in creating a research portfolio that comprises both short- and longer-term projects. This position requires strategic thinking and initiative in recommending research projects and tools that will advance the goals of civil legal system modernization. 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.
Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings.
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.