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DC - State Fiscal Policy Researcher

  • 1.  DC - State Fiscal Policy Researcher

    Posted 03-20-2020 04:12 PM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 03-20-2020 04:12 PM


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    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 approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels. Current initiatives focus on health and human services, government management and budget, family economic stability, and safety and justice.

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    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

    The associate I will play a role in state fiscal health's research and technical assistance efforts to improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.

    The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior officer, fiscal and economic policy. 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.


    • Research and analyze state fiscal and economic policy and practices by reviewing state legislation, reports and evaluations, and conducting in-depth interviews with state officials.
    • Work with senior staff to synthesize research on issues, such as rainy-day funds, long-term budgeting, place-based economic development programs, and budget stress testing to identify trends, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and compelling examples.
    • Provide technical assistance, state-specific research, and other support as requested to states that have expressed an interest in working with Pew.
    • Participate in the selection process to identify states that Pew could work with to provide technical assistance. Work will include analyzing state data to identify potential areas for improvement and assessing obstacles.
    • Participate in the process to help identify, analyze, and develop ideas for new lines of work that will improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.
    • Effectively convey research findings to key audiences by helping to develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, and infographics.
    • Track news about state fiscal and economic policy. Identify timely topics for short analysis pieces. Help research and write these analyses.
    • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities.



    • Bachelor's degree is required, advance degree preferred.
    • At least one year of applicable experience in state or local public policy. Detailed knowledge of state budget processes and state organizational structures is desirable. Candidates with a background in journalism and experience with these issues are also encouraged to apply.
    • 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.
    • Strong intellectual curiosity. Demonstrated interest and skills in researching and analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information. Ability to learn and master new issues quickly. Must love to read about policy, politics, and government.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, clear, compelling, analytical narratives accessible to a range of audiences. Experience with public speaking a plus.
    • Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals. Treats others with kindness and understanding. Shares credit and forgives faults.
    • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
    • Experience with software to help organize and analyze research (e.g. Evernote, Excel, NVivo, OneNote, Tableau) is a plus.


    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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