• Senior Associate, Research, Public Safety Performance Project (Criminal Justice)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/12/2018 4:49 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 public safety performance project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project advances fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs. For more information about this project, visit https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/public-safety-performance-project.  

    Position Overview
    The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, supports the project’s criminal justice research portfolio. The ideal candidate has an educational and employment background in research, public policy, or a related field, knowledge of the justice system, experience working with federal data collections, state administrative data, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, and extensive writing. The position reports to a manager, research 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.



    • Work with project staff to identify the most salient issues for the project’s criminal justice research portfolio, including new lines of work on jails and community supervision. Based on that agenda, produce rigorous and timely research in collaboration with project staff and external partners.
    • Support the design and execution of policy and program evaluations in selected states.
    • Support the design and execution of national studies that analyze criminal justice trends across the states.
    • In collaboration with the policy and partners teams, create the briefs, factsheets, infographics, and other documents that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily digested by policy makers, media, and the public.
    • Follow quality control processes that ensure all research products meet the highest standards of rigor and accuracy.
    • Work closely with communications staff to implement effective dissemination techniques, including written products, data visualizations, online communications strategies, and convenings.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of criminal justice policy research and practice, including participating in conferences, seminars, and professional development activities.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
    • At least four years of relevant experience in criminal justice research and policy analysis, with a demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing/courts, community supervision, or corrections.
    • Possess strong quantitative skills and experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, and/or STATA.
    • Experience with state sentencing and corrections data (e.g., courts, probation, prison, jail and parole) and experience working directly with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers, and other criminal justice stakeholders is strongly preferred.
    • Ability to express ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way, in writing, data visualizations, and oral presentation.
    • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details, and identify resources for projects.
    • Strong political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.

    Monthly domestic travel, on average, for conferences and/or 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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