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DC - Senior Associate, Fiscal Federalism Initiative (PEW)

  • 1.  DC - Senior Associate, Fiscal Federalism Initiative (PEW)

    Posted 01-30-2020 10:54 AM
    Edited by Human Resources 02-11-2020 08:49 AM

    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 some of 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, D.C., 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 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 initiatives 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 Research and Science Portfolio in Program
    The research and science portfolio includes programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, and fiscal federalism. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization.

    Project Overview
    Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative is housed in the research and science portfolio and led by a director. The initiative provides research and analysis on issues where federal and state fiscal interests and funding overlap. Our goal is to provide the data and analysis that is missing from the conversation and to inform the critical decisions by policymakers at both levels of government.

    The initiative produces both short analytical pieces that are timed to inform the current debate and longer more in-depth research to illuminate issues where data are missing from the debate. The topics are focused on issues where federal and state interests intersect and cover both spending and tax policies – ranging from higher education and Medicaid to natural disasters and tax conformity, among others.

    Position Overview
    The senior associate will author and co-author research papers and issue briefs, critically review project materials, help implement the project’s communications and outreach strategy, and present research findings in appropriate venues. The position will work collaboratively with colleagues on projects and on explorations of new research opportunities.

    The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the associate manager. 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.


    • Provide core research capability for the project. Identify and carry out policy analysis of emerging revenue and expenditure policy issues and proposals.
    • Provide insightful and sophisticated analysis of large data sets, data from multiple data sets, and tax policy changes and distill the information into findings that are relevant to federal and state policymakers.
    • Coauthor/author research reports and issue briefs for the project. Critically review and fact-check materials produced by contractors and other staff.
    • Work with team management to support and execute the project's communications and outreach strategy. Collaborate with Pew’s communications department to prepare materials for the project's website and ensure that they are timely, accurate and relevant.
    • Collaborate where appropriate with relevant external experts and Pew colleagues who are and work with management on development of new research proposals.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree is required, advanced degree preferred.
    • At least four years of applicable experience related to public policy.
    • Familiarity with budget and tax policy issues. Experience in the federal and/or state government is highly preferred.
    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel; familiarity with at least one data analysis and visualization program (e.g. Tableau, Stata, R).
    • Familiarity with federal and state economic and budget data including data from the US Treasury, JCT, CBO, US Census, FFIS, BLS, NCSL, NASBO, and other sources.
    • Experience summarizing and distilling the essence of budget and tax legislation as well as regulatory proposals.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues effectively and clearly. Ability to write quickly and succinctly as well as to revise and edit based on input from a range of reviewers.
    • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
    • Proven ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
    • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
    • Ability to meet both individual and team goals in a professional and timely manner.

    This position requires occasional domestic travel to 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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