• Associate I, Research Review and Support

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/28/2019 9:54 AM)
    Job ID
    Program-Research & Science
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.


    Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.


    The Research and Science Portfolio in Program
    The research and science portfolio includes both programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, fiscal federalism, and Philadelphia public policy research. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization. The portfolio also includes an operational aspect working to ensure effective management systems across the program department and coordinating with key partners across the institution.


    Project Overview
    Research review and support (RRS) facilitates the research process across all Pew programs and projects. Staff help ensure the integrity and quality of all research outputs, including reports, surveys and polls, literature reviews, and data collection and analysis. This work involves taking a research concept from initial hypothesis and proposal through post-analysis data checks, fact checking, and peer review. RRS advises project teams on the best methodological or analytical approaches, datasets and, if appropriate, external vendors to achieve desired outcomes. RRS staff also provides direct research assistance, most commonly data collection and literature reviews, as required.


    Finally, RRS fosters a Pew research community that leverages and builds staff expertise, tools and capacity across project teams and on a wide range of topics and disciplines. On behalf of projects, RRS coordinates with other Pew divisions and departments involved in the research process. The aim is to help ensure excellent, unimpeachable research outputs that significantly impact major policy changes at the federal, state, local, and international levels.


    Position Overview
    Pew seeks an associate I, based in its Washington, DC, office, to serve in a crosscutting role across the different project areas – including environmental policy, public health, and government performance related to fiscal issues – within the program unit, assisting in data collection and analysis in the early phases of project research and quality control in the latter. The associate I reports to the associate manager, research, and is deployed and supervised by senior-level research review staff, in coordination with project directors and managers. The position also helps with background research to determine new project areas.


    • Under direction of senior research staff, assist with research efforts that support project teams and crosscutting efforts within program.
    • Research work includes managing datasets, reviewing code, and/or using research software to process and analyze data, producing literature reviews, and composing draft tables, charts, and write-ups for our research products.
    • More advanced work may include using raw datasets and code in STATA, SPSS, and R to replicate complicated statistical results and evaluating the quality of data and methodological choices made by contract researchers.
    • Assist in reviewing methodologies and other strategies proposed by project teams in the early stages of research, and in checking data and calculations in the final stages before publication.
    • Contribute to and participate in the team’s tasks, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required. The ideal candidate has an interest in public policy and an educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field.
    • At least one year of applicable experience required.
    • Strong computer skills and experience. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as R, Excel, SPSS, STATA, Tableau, GIS, and other statistical/econometric packages.
    • Ability to conduct literature reviews, synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally.
    • Ability to be responsive to the direction of research managers/supervisors while working with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
    • Must be detail-oriented.

    Travel is not anticipated for this position.


    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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