Senior Associate, Public Safety Performance Project (Advocacy-Legislative)

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/8/2021 4:14 PM)
Job ID
Program-Government Performance
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, 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 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.
Public Safety Performance Project 
The public safety performance project was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps policy makers advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in criminal and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control costs. For more information about this project, visit
Position Overview
The senior associate will focus on assistance to states interested in improving justice-related systems, including, but not limited to, jails, crisis response, community supervision, and juvenile justice systems, while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project by working closely with project leadership, government relations and communications staff, and other Pew colleagues. 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, will report to a manager, public safety performance 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. 


  • Provide intensive assistance regarding justice-related systems, including, but not limited to, jail populations, crisis response, community supervision, and juvenile justice to states engaged with PSPP and its partners, including high-quality data analysis, development of evidence-based policy options, and effective policy maker and stakeholder education of proposed policies and practices, with a particular focus on strategy for legislative or administrative adoption
  • Monitor and engage PSPP and its partners and stakeholders in state criminal and juvenile justice policy discussions following adoption of reforms.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative and administrative adoption strategies, including the coordination of project staff and external partners.
  • Assist in ensuring all technical assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
  • Assist in the production and dissemination of state-based publications from the project and its partners, including generating ideas for publications (that may include original research), managing development of the ideas into viable publications, and drafting copy and graphics.
  • Develop relationships with respected policymakers in the field and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project’s agenda and expertise.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging justice reform issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.
  • Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree in public policy or another relevant field preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience in the public policy, issue and legislative strategy, or campaign fields, with working knowledge of jail populations, community supervision, and juvenile justice issues, as well as understanding of racial and ethnic disparities in justice systems. 
  • Experience in high levels of state executive or legislative branches of government.
  • Experience working with complex policy and political issues, demonstrated strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. 
  • A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public. 
  • Experience convening groups of policymakers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and other constituencies and supporting their efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome. 
  • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly, concisely, and in a compelling way, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing and presentation style. 
  • Develops and moves complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion. 
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
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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