Officer, Research, Home Financing

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 months ago(7/16/2020 10:52 AM)
Job ID
2020-6331
Department
Program-Government Performance
Company
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 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 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, non-partisan approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels as well as the interplay that can occur between jurisdictions. Current initiatives focus on health, fiscal and economic policy, and safety and justice, and take into account significant trends such as evolving technologies, and the increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States population.
 
Our teams explore and advance effective, evidence-based policies 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. We work in collaboration with organizations that share our commitment to rigorous research, measurable results, and public service, and we focus on developing durable policy change. 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.
 
Home Financing 
The home financing project conducts research on the financial arrangements people use to purchase homes and examines the hurdles lenders face to offering small mortgages. Today, millions of families use alternative financing arrangements such as contracts-for-deed or rent-to-own to purchase a home, but these options often cost more and offer fewer protections than mortgages. This project aims to help inform policymakers and other stakeholders about market practices, evaluate borrower experiences and the efficacy of consumer protections, and promote access to safe, affordable home loans. 
 
Specifically, the project will:
  • Produce credible, independent, and nonpartisan research to help answer questions about consumers’ experiences and opinions, the contract provisions of alternative home financing arrangements and how they vary across states, the federal and state laws that govern these arrangements, and potential solutions to documented problems;
  • Promote findings through educational outreach and national and local media;
  • Engage policy and business audiences about these issues; and
  • Provide customized technical assistance informed by research.
Position Overview 
The officer will oversee components of the home financing project research and publication plan. The officer will have a background in mortgages, public policy, consumer finance, housing, market research, or a related field, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, and extensive writing and presentations.
 
The officer will be responsible for developing and implementing research on financial arrangements for home purchases, with a particular focus on the small mortgage market. The position collaborates closely with peers overseeing other components of the home loans research plan as well as policy analysts, government and community group liaisons, communications professionals, and other team members to help achieve the project’s goals. 
 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the manager, home financing. 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.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct research including empirical analysis, compilation and evaluation of data sets, literature reviews, focus groups, and interviews.
  • Help collect relevant research and datasets on alternative financial arrangements, small mortgages, and other home financing-related issues.
  • Critically synthesize information and advise colleagues about key insights.
  • Develop strategies for monitoring relevant developments on state and federal laws and identifying key emerging trends in policy and business practices.
  • Generate ideas for publications from the project and its partners that are consistent with the initiative’s scope and goals.
  • Work with Pew’s senior researchers and external experts to ensure all research products are methodologically sound and factually accurate.
  • Significantly contribute to and lead aspects of Pew’s rigorous internal quality control process.
  • Support outreach efforts by ensuring all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses. Represent the project at events and in media interviews as directed.
  • Maintain relationships with respected researchers, market participants, and government officials and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project’s goals.
  • Cultivate expertise about alternative financial arrangements and small mortgages by monitoring publications and participating in seminars and other professional development activities.
  • Assist in ensuring all collaborations and partnership arrangements are well-coordinated and strategically focused. Oversee contributions from other team members or consultants and contribute to colleagues’ research or outreach activities as appropriate.
  • Help draft, review, and shepherd project funding agreements and contracts, contract amendments, and renewals, through the administrative and review process.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Experience in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience. Experience in public policy or the home financing market preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues effectively and clearly. Ability to write quickly and succinctly.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details, and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Capacity to use these skills proactively to move complex projects forward while working collegially toward common goals.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills applied to public policy or market research issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Able to identify clear, meaningful findings for use by policy and business audiences.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with diverse partners to advance pragmatic solutions.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.
  • Experience convening groups of policymakers, business leaders, stakeholders, researchers and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
Travel
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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