• Senior Associate, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Health

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1/11/2020 12:27 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance
    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 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 state fiscal health project helps states advance sound, data-driven policies and practices that build fiscally well-managed states.


    The project: 1) conducts independent and nonpartisan research that documents states’ fiscal and economic challenges and opportunities to address them; 2) provides targeted technical assistance that helps state and local policymakers design and execute policies that improve their governments’ long-term fiscal health; 3) designs and promotes fiscal management models and tools that help state and local government officials evaluate policy options; and 4) supports networks and seminars that engage and educate key stakeholders.


    Position Overview
    The senior associate will provide strategic guidance and support on the project’s new lines of research, with a focus on issues impacting long-term state fiscal health, structural budgets, and recession readiness.


    The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior manager. 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.


    • Collaborate with project leadership, contribute to explorations of new topics in fiscal and economic policy. Identify key policy issues, develop research questions, conduct and coordinate research efforts, and prepare concise internal written materials and external publications.
    • Serve as a subject matter expert on the project’s recession readiness and long-term budgeting work. In collaboration with project leadership, develop and execute engagement strategies, state-specific research, and technical assistance materials.
    • Build and maintain a deep understanding of the policy and political landscape in selected states; identify and monitor emerging issues relevant to project issue focus and project goals.
    • Contribute writing and editing support to projects as they develop new research products, including major reports, issue briefs, and shorter pieces of timely content.
    • Identify and cultivate relationships with subject-matter experts, key organizations, and in-state stakeholders to support the project’s research agenda and to advance project goals.
    • Support issue-area exploration and research product development across multiple project issue areas to ensure coordination across the state fiscal health project.
    • Contribute to and participate in broader portfolio and Pew-wide projects and activities as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree preferred.
    • At least four years of applicable experience.
    • Previous experience working with state or local governments, or in an executive budget or legislative analyst office setting, is desirable.
    • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce a variety of written products for a range of audiences—including technical experts, policymakers, and the general public.
    • Ability to set short and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy and objectives and a task-oriented working style, with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
    • Demonstrated project and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details
    • Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize information and identify themes.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
    • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

    This position requires occasional domestic travel to 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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