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DC - Statistical Analyst State Budget Reform, The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • 1.  DC - Statistical Analyst State Budget Reform, The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Posted 04-01-2019 12:55 PM
    Edited by Lauren Cummings 04-30-2019 01:16 PM


    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.

    Project Overview
    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:

    • 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 states' 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 senior associate, research, helps develop research and conducts outreach to policy makers and key stakeholders for Pew's strengthening public sector retirement systems project. The 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.


    • Research - Working collaboratively across a team of researchers, policy analysts, reporters, and communications professionals, help develop and implement research—including, but not limited to, 50-state assessments and state-specific analyses—on public sector retirement systems. Contribute constructively at every stage of the project, including:
      • Helping to coordinate research being conducted by team members and consultants;
      • Conducting primary research, including empirical analysis, quantitative writing, compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews, and interviews;
      • Working with staff and consultants to identify data sources, and where existing data are not available, developing and implementing alternative data-collection plans. Identify limitations and opportunities presented by such data. Ensure data quality and rigor and appropriateness of all analyses; and
      • Accurately analyzing and communicating 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.
    • Develop internal systems for data collection, analysis, and tracking including:
      • Coordinating the development of a collection of relevant research and datasets on public sector retirement benefits; and
      • Developing strategies for monitoring relevant developments on state pension and retiree health care systems and identifying key emerging trends.
    • Gather information from the field and build internal knowledge and expertise including:
      • Attending and reporting on conferences, trainings, and other professional development opportunities;
      • Critically synthesizing information sources, including careful consideration of the limitations and opportunities presented by each; and
      • Building team expertise through internal memos and presentations.
    • Outreach - Contribute to communication and outreach efforts by helping to facilitate internal and external partnerships; developing and executing programming and logistics for in-person and online convenings of policy makers and other key audiences; researching and writing online content; developing talking points and presentations for senior staff; and conducting other tasks as assigned.
    • Quality control - Contribute to a high level of quality and accuracy in the project's work by:
      • Maintaining a constant commitment to accuracy in all work; and
      • Participating fully in Pew's rigorous internal quality control process.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
    • At least four years of applicable experience conducting research projects with both quantitative and qualitative components aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy. Experience working on issues related to public sector retirement benefits a plus.
    • Applied expertise with Microsoft Excel and Access required.
    • Statistical analysis experience strongly preferred, including strong proficiency with SPSS, Stata, and/or SAS.
    • Demonstrated skills in researching and analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Demonstrated ability to learn and master new issues quickly. Understanding of state budget and fiscal issues preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Clear, effective writing style.
    • Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Experience managing consultants a plus.
    • Ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively; juggle multiple priorities; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; remain attentive to details; and identify resources for projects.
    • Demonstrated track record of delivering complex projects or project components on time and on budget. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
    • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture with record of working both individually and as a member of a team to meet goals.

    Occasional domestic travel for meetings and 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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