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DC - Financial Budget Policy Analyst

  • 1.  DC - Financial Budget Policy Analyst

    Posted 16 days ago
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 9 days ago

    Full Job Title: Associate I, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (State Pension Reform)


    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
    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 an Associate I, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (State Pension Reform) to focus on the project's assistance to states, while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the manager, state 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.

    The ideal candidate has an educational and employment background in public policy, economics, finance, or related field with experience synthesizing data and research to produce effective and clear written materials useful to policy makers and/or the public. Background working in a complex environment with varying partners is key along with extensive analysis, writing, and informal/formal presentation skills. Finally, any familiarity with state or federal budget challenges or procedures and knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems would be highly valued.


    • Provide analytic support to the project's technical assistance efforts in states and municipalities, including assistance in the development and implementation of quantitative analytical tools.
    • Summarize the results of analysis for internal consumption and discussion.
    • Prepare polished presentation materials summarizing results of analyses.
    • As directed, support state policy and research team members in providing technical assistance to state partners, to assist them in developing effective advocacy strategies.
    • Write, edit and collect information for public policy reports and briefs, including fact sheets for the website.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative and communications strategies.
    • Assist in ensuring all state assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
    • Assist in the production and dissemination of state-based publications from the project and its partners, including coordinating the development of the ideas into viable publications, and drafting copy and graphics.
    • 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.
    • Collect information at conferences, meetings, and other events and prepare materials for distribution and for team presentations.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.



    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
    • At least one year of applicable experience in a policy arena. Experience working with state policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders preferred.
    • 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.
    • 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. A keen understanding of the importance of such research and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel required; use of or strong familiarity with SPSS, Stata, and/or SAS preferred.
    • 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 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.
    • Political awareness and a nonpartisan perspective and approach would be highly valued.


    Occasional domestic travel to perform work or assessments in states.


    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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