Full Job Title: Principal Officer, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (Strategic Partnerships) Overview
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Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems Public pension reform 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 $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 states' 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 to examine their challenges and help policy makers consider data-driven policies that result in sustainable retirement systems while maintaining states' ability to recruit and retain skilled workers.
Specifically, the project will:
Position Overview Pew seeks to hire a principal officer to develop and oversee project strategy for strengthening measurement and accountability, including efforts to foster collaborative working relationships with national and local organizations, in order to better support public officials in strengthening public retirement systems over the long-term.
The principal officer is expected to contribute at multiple levels, assessing and identifying trends among key national influencers in the public pensions space, taking lead responsibility for designing and implementing partnerships strategies, collaborating with project staff as well as experts in the field, and supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project, including research, communications, and national initiatives. The ideal candidate has an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems, strong analytical skills, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, and extensive writing and presentation skills.
This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project's director 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.
Travel Regular travel (1-2 trips per month) required for conferences and meetings.
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.
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