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DC - Senior Public Policy Financial Analyst

  • 1.  DC - Senior Public Policy Financial Analyst

    Posted 08-26-2019 09:01 AM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 08-26-2019 09:01 AM

    Officer, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems

    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 today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town 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 philanthropic 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 investments 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
    Government performance, one of the five program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective approaches to improve policy at all levels of government. The portfolio's project teams conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative approaches in addressing complex problems. Initiatives currently focus on three key areas for federal, state, and local governments: (1) health and human services; (2) management and budget; and (3) safety and justice.

    GP utilizes the basic tools required to explore and advance effective policy solutions at the federal, state, and local levels. These solutions include credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify and apply approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.

    The GP portfolio is led by the vice president and head of government performance, with support from a vice president and senior directors who provide oversight over select projects and functions within the portfolio.

    Project Description
    Public pension sustainability is one of the most significant fiscal challenges facing states and municipalities today. In fact, our research shows that as of 2016, state governments had pension debts totaling more than $1.4 trillion. Although some plans are well-funded, in other places, if changes are not made, retirees, workers, and taxpayers will be left with rising costs and unpaid promises for years to come. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every state and municipality has a unique set of policy preferences and budgetary challenges. Given the high stakes for governments' budgets and workers, policy makers need trusted information and guidance to help them consider possible options, understand what is known about each, then make decisions based on the best available information. This project will work with states and cities to examine their challenges and help policy makers consider data-driven policies that result in sustainable retirement systems while maintaining jurisdictions' ability to recruit and retain skilled workers.

    Specifically, the project will:

    • Provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research, including 50-state reports, to help answer critical questions about which policy actions are most effective at controlling costs, meeting governments' policy goals, and providing workers with retirement security;
    • Provide selected states with customized technical assistance informed by tailored research; and
    • Engage influential stakeholders to build the support necessary to enact reform.

    Position Overview
    The officer will work in selected states where Pew provides customized technical assistance and the support needed to enact reform. The officer contributes at multiple levels, overseeing and implementing research projects, with a particular emphasis on state-specific analysis, and supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project, including technical assistance, analysis, communications, and national initiatives. This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project director, research, and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

    The ideal candidate has an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing and presentation skills.


    • Work collaboratively across a team of researchers, policy analysts, and communications professionals. Help develop and implement research on public sector retirement benefits, with a particular focus on state-specific analyses. Contribute constructively at every stage of the project, including:
      • Conceptualize and develop frameworks for research products that will support state technical assistance and advocacy efforts;
      • Develop strategies for monitoring relevant developments on state pension and retiree health care systems and identifying key emerging trends;
      • Critically synthesize information sources, including careful consideration of the limitations and opportunities presented by each;
      • Help coordinate research being conducted by team members and consultants;
      • Help coordinate the development of a collection of relevant research and datasets on public sector retirement benefits;
      • Conduct primary research, including empirical analysis, compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews, and interviews;
      • Accurately analyze and communicate results through reports and other research products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media, and policy makers, often in collaboration with Pew Communications staff and external writers and other consultants;
      • Attend and present at conferences, trainings, and stakeholder convenings;
      • Contribute to communication and outreach efforts by ensuring all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses, maintaining a constant commitment to accuracy in all work, participating fully in GP's rigorous internal quality control process; and helping to facilitate internal and external partnerships and;
      • Ensure all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses.
    • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging public sector retirement and benefits system issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities.
    • 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.
    • Help draft, review, and shepherd project funding agreements and contracts, contract amendments, and renewals, through the administrative and review process.
    • Manage and conduct state-specific analysis offered as part of technical assistance efforts in selected states in conjunction with project staff and external consultants. Specifically play a role in designing methodologies and research protocols, overseeing internal staff and consultants, preparing assessments, ensuring they are accurate and shared in forms that are effective for the intended audiences.


    • Bachelor's degree is required. Advanced degree 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 in the public policy arena. A working knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems is desirable.
    • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details, and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented, and collegial environment.
    • Demonstrated 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.
    • Experience working with actuaries preferred.
    • 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 nonpartisan perspective and approach.
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.

    Travel in the United States, including to relevant national conferences, expected.

    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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