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DC - Senior Officer, Partnerships, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • 1.  DC - Senior Officer, Partnerships, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Posted 19 days ago

    Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

    State and Local Government Performance
    State and local government performance, one of the seven program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective policy approaches that improve state and local government policy. SLGP researches emerging topics, develops data-driven reports and highlights innovative approaches to complex problems. SLGP initiatives currently focus on five areas: (1) positioning policymakers to make decisions that are in the best interest of state and local government's long-term fiscal health; (2) making state and local government pension plans healthy and sustainable; (3) improving state and local government's public safety performance; (4) modernizing the civil legal system; and (5) increasing access to effective oral health care.

    SLGP makes use of the basic tools required to help explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue: credible, timely, and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify and apply approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.

    SLGP is led by a vice president and two senior directors who provide oversight over select projects within the portfolio.

    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
    Pew seeks to hire a senior officer to 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 senior officer is expected to contribute at multiple levels, taking lead responsibility for designing and implementing partnership 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. 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. 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.

    Responsibilities

    • In collaboration with the project's director, develop strategies to collaborate and partner with national and local organizations.
    • Help draft, review, and shepherd contracts and other agreements through the administrative and review process, as well as manage external contractors who provide research and actuarial expertise in support of Pew's technical assistance efforts.
    • Facilitate working group meetings and outreach to executive, legislative, independent agencies, and other stakeholder members.
    • Help conduct state assessments and make recommendations of states to receive assistance from the project.
    • With guidance from the project's director, assist in ensuring all collaborative and partnership arrangements are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
    • Assist in the production and dissemination of state-based publications from the project and its partners, including generating ideas for publications (that may include original research), managing development of the ideas into viable publications, and drafting copy and graphics.
    • Develop relationships with respected policy makers and stakeholders in the field and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project's agenda and expertise.
    • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging public-sector retirement and benefits system issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities.
    • Work collaboratively across a team of researchers, policy analysts, and communications professionals and help develop and implement research on public sector retirement benefits, with a particular focus on state-specific analyses. Contribute constructively at every stage of the project, including:
      • Develop strategies for monitoring relevant developments on state pension and retiree health care systems and identifying key emerging trends;
      • Critically synthesize information sources, including careful consideration of the limitations and opportunities presented by each;
      • Help coordinate research being conducted by team members and consultants;
      • Conduct primary research, including empirical analysis, compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews, and interviews;
      • Accurately analyze and communicate 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;
      • Attend and present at conferences, trainings, and stakeholder convenings;
      • Contribute to communication and outreach efforts by ensuring all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses, maintaining a constant commitment to accuracy in all work, participating fully in Pew's rigorous internal quality control process, and helping to facilitate internal and external partnerships; and
      • Ensure all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field strongly preferred.
    • At least 10 years of specialized work experience in the public policy arena. A working knowledge of public-sector retirement and benefit systems is highly desirable.
    • 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.
    • Strong quantitative skills.
    • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
    • Demonstrated research and 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.
    • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, foster consensus, and collaborate with diverse partners to advance pragmatic solutions.
    • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and support efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome.

    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.

    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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