Senior Associate, Public Safety Performance Project (Partnership)

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 ensuring that Pew’s partnerships with national criminal and juvenile justice organizations are well-planned, strategic and effectively implemented while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. 
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports 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.


  • Coordinate the activities of the project's work with national partners, including developing, managing, and evaluating partnership agreements and deliverables to ensure maximum impact on the direction of jail, community supervision, and juvenile justice policy.
  • Cultivate productive relationships and communications with a wide range of organizations and constituencies working on jail, community supervision, and juvenile justice reform.
  • Coordinate with other Pew projects to achieve optimal collaboration and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with Pew operating units, including communications, government relations, and legal to maximize the effectiveness of efforts and ensure compliance with lobbying and ethics rules.
  • Identify emerging new partners the project could support or otherwise engage with, to advance evolving lines of work.
  • Act as point of contact and coordinate with policy teams to align the project’s collaboration with funded and non-funded partners with emerging policy objectives.
  • Assist with the dissemination of project research and analysis to partners.
  • Coordinate development of information, budgets and deliverables for partner contracts and serve as the project’s liaison for contracting processes.
  • Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of jails, community supervision, and juvenile justice issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree in public policy or another relevant field strongly preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing, community supervision, jails and pretrial, prisons, courts, juvenile justice, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal defense, racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, or the experiences of people impacted by the criminal justice system. 
  • Experience working with state policymakers, corrections officials, researchers and other stakeholders strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with key jail, community supervision, and juvenile justice advocacy and interest groups, their positions and leadership.
  • 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 and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Exercises a logical and resourceful approach to evaluating and addressing problems.
  • Expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing style and aptitude for creating data visualizations preferred.
  • Experience developing and moving 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. 
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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