Officer, Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Location US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/11/2020 12:56 PM)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts


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 hometown 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 Philadelphia Program
Through the Philadelphia program, Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable residents, informing discussion on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.
Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative
The purpose of the Philadelphia research and policy initiative is to enable policymakers to identify and enact policies and practices that improve city government and the well-being of the city's residents by conducting rigorous research regarding important challenges and trends facing Philadelphia. Central to this policy work is the production of timely, well-documented and reports on these issues for the benefit of policymakers, the news media and the public at large. Working directly with stakeholders, the initiative conducts in-depth research, looking beyond the city and region for relevant information from comparable locales. Our approach includes: (1) researching important policy topics and solutions; (2) benchmarking demographic data and polling to benchmark progress; (3) holding policy-oriented convenings; and (4) engaging extensively with policymakers and influential stakeholders before and after convenings to increase the impact of our work and consider promising solutions. Examples of the initiative’s work are available at
Position Overview 
The officer supports Pew’s efforts to help decision makers and influential stakeholders in the Philadelphia region address key policy challenges by providing them with relevant data and research and bringing to bear national expertise and examples of policy reforms that have been successful in other cities. This initiative draws on Pew’s Philadelphia-based research and expertise, as well as the robust national networks of experts that exist within Pew’s Washington, D.C.-based state and local government programs.
The ideal candidate has a strong policy background, with particular expertise in public health or related fields. The candidate should be knowledgeable about the local policy and political landscape, and have the proven ability to facilitate policy conversations and discussions of research with key decision makers. In addition, the successful candidate has the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Finally, the candidate should be able to work with relevant research and policy teams throughout Pew, including those based in Washington, D.C., to synthesize data and existing research, and to participate in conceiving and drafting original materials for both internal and external consumption.
The officer reports to the senior manager, Philadelphia research and policy initiative, with interim reporting to the director, Philadelphia policy. 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. 


  • Support the conceptualization, design, and implementation of tools to engage policy research and analysis on key issues affecting the city of Philadelphia, with a specific focus on policy solutions that address the city’s opioids crisis and other public health issues affecting Philadelphia.
  • Contribute to the development of strategies for and the facilitation of an ongoing series of public and invitation-only convenings that engage policymakers and bring attention to Pew’s work on key policy issues facing Philadelphia.
  • Serve as an expert on Pew research, best practices, and policies in public forums, speaking engagements, task forces, and working groups.
  • Collaborate with Pew’s government performance teams to identify the research, national experts, and materials needed to support the project’s goals.
  • Develop and deliver digital and print products and presentations that will effectively convey research findings to key audiences, including policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor and identify emerging urban policy issues that are relevant to Philadelphia and to the priorities of the initiative such as changes in public policy, government funding, demographic trends and research, and best practices.
  • Synthesize research to identify trends, best practices, opportunities and challenges, and compelling examples.
  • Working with Pew’s legal and government relations teams, ensure that the project is in strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws. Collaborate with leadership to ensure strong, evidence-based research methodologies, and practices.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Philadelphia program and Pew-related projects and activities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in public policy, with particular focus on public health or other relevant field strongly preferred.
  • At least eight years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including the ability to think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to details. 
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. 
  • Ability to write clearly and cogently for internal and public audiences. 
  • A strong drive for achieving measurable results. 
  • Seasoned judgment with the capacity to make difficult choices, justify recommendations and provide constructive feedback to colleagues and partners. 
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including community-based nonprofit organizations, policy makers and other potential partners for the program.
  • Ability to work collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
Overnight travel for meetings and conferences as required, as well as travel to The Pew Charitable Trusts office in Washington, D.C.
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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