Senior Associate, Evidence Project

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(12/8/2020 2:20 PM)
Job ID
2020-6399
Department
Program-Research & Science
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, DC, 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.
 
The Evidence Project
The evidence project is a new project at Pew that aims to increase the chances that research evidence is useful and used in policy and practice and to build a global and cross-sectoral field of evidence use. The project includes three interconnected components. First, the project will create and maintain the infrastructure for a funders’ network focused on coordinating and strengthening the field of evidence use. Second, the project will organize and facilitate workshops, or “ideas labs,” that bring together funders, researchers, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to address critical gaps in knowledge about increasing evidence use and to develop priorities for research agendas or other initiatives that could address pressing public policy issues. Third, to help build momentum for practices likely to increase the use of evidence in policy and practice, the project will develop, tailor, and share toolkits that capture promising approaches for external partners.
 
Position Overview
The senior associate is responsible for supporting the work of the evidence project. Specifically, the senior associate will work with the project director and team to (1) support the organization and implementation of a new funders’ network focused on evidence use; (2) support the development and implementation of intensive workshops to develop policy-relevant research agendas or to address critical issues within the evidence use field; and (3) support the development and dissemination of key materials for the toolkits and technical assistance designed to increase research use. 
 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director, evidence 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.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the project director and team to manage a funders’ network focused on the evidence use field, including (1) organizing a network regular meeting series, including identifying speakers; (2) identifying activities for shared learning and cooperative initiatives among network members; and (3) facilitating and organizing large group meetings.
  • Contribute to project efforts to create, tailor and disseminate toolkits of promising approaches for increasing evidence use, including conceptualizing and writing content.
  • Contribute to organizing and facilitating workshops that bring together funders, researchers, decision-makers, and other thought leaders to address challenging issues in the field of evidence use.
  • Support and manage event planning, consultancies, and contracts, when necessary.
  • Participate in and support project strategic planning and impact tracking.
  • Provide additional capacity for preparing compelling, clear, and succinct summaries for external audiences and partnership proposals.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to R&S meetings, workshops, and other events when appropriate.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience in working at the research-policy-practice interface or in evidence use or policy. 
  • Experience with events management and/or meeting facilitation is highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and analytic rigor in framing problems, synthesizing information, and proposing solutions.
  • Exceptional organizational skills. Effectively manages multiple tasks and projects, meets regular deadlines with consistency, and anticipates necessary tasks and next steps. 
  • Highly collaborative and flexible. Contributes effectively within and across teams and with external partners. Able to pivot with new opportunities or challenges.
  • Superior attention to detail and produces consistently accurate work products.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts for different audiences. Experience drafting outreach or knowledge translation materials a plus.
  • Political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach. 
Travel
This position requires occasional domestic and international travel.
 
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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