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DC - Budget Policy Analyst

  • 1.  DC - Budget Policy Analyst

    Posted 04-09-2019 09:57 AM

    Full Job Title: Associate I, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Health

    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
    The state fiscal health project helps states advance sound, data-driven policies and practices that build fiscally well-managed states. The project: 1) conducts independent and nonpartisan research that documents states' fiscal and economic challenges and opportunities to address them; 2) provides targeted technical assistance that helps state and local policymakers design and execute policies that improve their governments' long-term fiscal health; 3) designs and promotes fiscal management models and tools that help state and local government officials evaluate policy options; and 4) supports networks and seminars that engage and educate key stakeholders.

    Position Overview
    As part of a team, the associate I is responsible for executing research, advocacy, and communication strategies to advance the project's goals of helping improve state and local government fiscal health. The position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the manager, fiscal and economic policy, 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.


    • Conduct primary research, including compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews and interviews on topics including: 1) the states' role in monitoring and improving local government fiscal health and 2) state strategies to help local communities thrive.
    • Work with senior staff to identify data sources and, where existing data are not available, develop and implement alternative data-collection plans. Identify limitations and opportunities presented by such data. Ensure data quality and rigor and appropriateness of all analyses.
    • Synthesize research to identify trends, best practices, opportunities and challenges, and compelling examples.
    • Work in collaboration with senior staff to develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, and infographics that will effectively convey the findings of the research to key audiences, including policy makers, the media, and other stakeholders.
    • Contribute to development and execution of effective presentations of research findings for internal and external audiences as needed.
    • Work collaboratively with communication and outreach staff to identify and develop external relationships that will inform and advance the project's goals.
    • Help select states for technical assistance by tracking legislation, identifying potential areas for improvement, analyzing proposed legislation, and assessing obstacles. Provide technical assistance to state officials and policymakers in the selected states.
    • Collaborate with senior staff to organize expert and stakeholder meetings to achieve team objectives, including identifying appropriate invitees, developing agendas, and working with events staff to execute.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of broader Pew-related projects and activities.


    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
    • At least one year of applicable experience conducting research projects with both quantitative and qualitative components aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy. Experience working on government finance issues and/or in state government 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.
    • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Clear, effective writing style. Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, compelling analytical narratives accessible to a range of audiences.
    • 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.
    • Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
    • 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.
    • Skill with Microsoft Excel and/or Access required.
    • 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 which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.

    Occasional travel 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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