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DC - Public Finance Writer and Editor, Pew

  • 1.  DC - Public Finance Writer and Editor, Pew

    Posted 08-16-2021 12:00 PM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 08-16-2021 12:00 PM
    Formal job title: Officer, Writer, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems

    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.

    Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems

    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 produces a high volume of publications, presentations, and other documents for policymakers, the press, and the public. The officer collaborates with project staff to maximize the quality and impact of the materials, primarily through writing and editing.

    The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director, research, strengthening public sector retirement systems. 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.


    • Work with the project's senior staff to set the project's research and publications agenda and prioritize workflow.
    • Initiate, research, organize, write and/or edit original pieces, presentations and other materials, including topical reports, briefs and expert Q&As.
    • Support project leadership with opinion editorials and other short-form writing.
    • Review and edit reports, briefs, presentations, and other documents produced by project staff and partners, assisting with conceptualization and outlining as needed.
    • Serve as a liaison to outside providers as needed to facilitate smooth and timely release of materials.
    • Ensure consistency and accuracy in use of data and research, policy focus, and messaging.
    • Work with communications department staff to ensure the editorial excellence of all materials, including writing that is compelling, concise, and clear as well as free of jargon and errors in grammar and punctuation.
    • Conceptualize information graphics and data visualizations that convey powerful ideas clearly.
    • Make presentations at conferences and meetings if needed.
    • Develop and maintain an informed awareness of current issues relating to public retirement systems.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. Experience in fiscal policy issues strongly preferred.
    • At least eight years of applicable experience in writing and/or editing publications, news stories and/or presentations for general audiences. Daily journalism experience a plus.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Excellent writing and editorial skills, including ease in translating complex concepts clearly and effectively, a passion for quality writing, an expressive vocabulary, and an aptitude for data visualization.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
    • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and coordination. Experience with project management preferred.
    • Operates as a team player and supports staff to prioritize and multi-task appropriately; independently delivers high quality products in a timely manner, anticipates unmet needs and works proactively with colleagues to ensure that they are addressed.
    • Acute political awareness and a nonpartisan perspective and approach.


    This position requires travel for 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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