Officer, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems
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Project DescriptionPublic 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:
Position OverviewThe 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.
TravelTravel in the United States, including to relevant national conferences, expected.
Total RewardsWe 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.
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