Officer, Research Review and Support (Health)

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(12/7/2020 5:43 PM)
Job ID
Program-Research & Science
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 Research and Science Portfolio in Program
The research and science portfolio includes 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, and fiscal federalism. 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.
Research Review and Support
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
The officer will review and comment on written research design and research methods plans prior to management approval to do the work. The officer will provide methodological expertise in support of research related to Pew’s investments in health issues. Topical areas include antibiotic resistance, health information technology, health care products, substance use prevention and treatment, and food safety. The officer may also provide support to some of Pew’s safety and justice or environment-related research. 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior manager, research review and support.


  • Serves as primary RRS liaison to Pew’s health portfolio, which entails keeping awareness of planned research projects and facilitating project teams’ participation in Pew’s research quality review process, including external expert/peer review, data checks, and fact checks.
  • Serves as lead reviewer for most health-related research plans, research contracts, and methods plans, as assigned.
  • May also review Pew research outside the health area, including safety and justice, environment, or state fiscal health.
  • Helps project teams identify empirical evidence and design rigorous research for studies.
  • Validates research methods and provides written and oral feedback to project teams on proposed methods plans.
  • Provides support to project teams in the development of research projects, including identifying rigorous methods, data sources, and human subjects research concerns.
  • Collaborates with project teams and contracting staff to develop and manage research contracts to ensure they are methodologically sound and cost-effective.
  • Identifies opportunities for cross-team collaboration throughout the organization.
  • Reviews and comments on draft research products prepared by project teams or their contractors, as requested. Helps project teams identify potential sources of weakness in their research and anticipate potential criticism of their work before publication.
  • Serves as a senior expert on the team for research methods related to health sciences and public health.
  • Helps design and launch research agendas for new lines of work.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Doctorate or master’s degree in public health (or related discipline) preferred.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience.
  • Strong research, analytical, and quantitative skills. Expertise in health-related research, applied public health policy, and/or biostatistics is desirable.
  • Proficiency in research software such as Stata, SAS, R, and SPSS.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to build relationships and work productively with a wide array of stakeholders (both internal and external) and perspectives and approach issues with a nonpartisan, objective mindset. 
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
This position requires occasional 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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