Officer, Public Safety Performance Project

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 7 months ago(1/16/2020 5:41 PM)
Job ID
Program-Government Performance
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Full Job Title:  Officer, Public Safety Performance Project (Writer)


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 some of 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, D.C., 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 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 initiatives 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 Government Performance Portfolio within Program
Pew’s government performance work identifies and advances effective approaches to help solve complex challenges at all levels of government in the United States.


The portfolio’s work can be traced back to our founders’ early efforts to improve the lives of Americans by supporting efforts that promoted health, civic engagement, and democratic ideals. Today, we conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels. Current initiatives focus on health and human services, government management and budget, family economic stability, and safety and justice.

Our teams explore and advance effective policy reforms using credible, timely, and accessible research, assessing public support for change, identifying approaches that have proved successful elsewhere, and bringing together diverse perspectives to find common ground. In addition, our teams use strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public.

Project Overview
The public safety performance project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps policymakers advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control costs. For more information about this project, visit

Position Overview
The officer, writer/editor, public safety performance project, produces a high volume of publications, presentations, and other documents for policymakers, the press, and the public. The officer collaborates with project staff to maximize the quality and impact of the materials, primarily through writing and editing.


The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, reports to the project director, public safety performance project. 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.


  • Work with the project’s senior staff to set the project’s research and publications agenda and prioritize workflow.
  • Initiate, research, organize, write and/or edit original pieces, presentations and other materials, including topical reports, briefs and expert Q&As.
  • Support project leadership with opinion editorials and other short-form writing.
  • Review and edit reports, briefs, presentations, and other documents produced by project staff and partners, assisting with conceptualization and outlining as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison to outside providers as needed to facilitate smooth and timely release of materials.
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy in use of data and research, policy focus, and messaging.
  • Work with communications department staff to ensure the editorial excellence of all materials, including writing that is compelling, concise, and clear as well as free of jargon and errors in grammar and punctuation.
  • Conceptualize information graphics and data visualizations that convey powerful ideas clearly.
  • Make presentations at conferences and meetings if needed.
  • Develop and maintain an informed awareness of current public safety and justice issues.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in criminal and/or juvenile justice and public safety issues strongly preferred.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience in writing and/or editing publications, news stories and/or presentations for general audiences. Daily journalism experience a plus.
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills, including ease in translating complex concepts clearly and effectively, a passion for quality writing, an expressive vocabulary, and an aptitude for data visualization.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and coordination. Experience with project management preferred.
  • Operates as a team player and supports staff to prioritize and multi-task appropriately; independently delivers high quality products in a timely manner, anticipates unmet needs and works proactively with colleagues to ensure that they are addressed.
  • Acute political awareness and a nonpartisan perspective and approach.

This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.

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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