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DC - State Economics Policy Researcher

  • 1.  DC - State Economics Policy Researcher

    Posted 08-26-2019 09:02 AM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 08-26-2019 09:02 AM

    Full Job Title: Officer, 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.

    The Government Performance Portfolio within Program
    Pew's government performance work identifies and advances effective approaches to help solve complex challenges at all levels of government in the United States.

    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.

    Our teams explore and advance effective policy reforms using credible, timely, and accessible research, assessing public support for change, identifying approaches that have proved successful elsewhere, and bringing together diverse perspectives to find common ground. In addition, our teams use strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public.

    State Fiscal Health
    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 officer researches and analyzes state fiscal policy issues including long-term revenue and spending trends, emerging issues in state tax policy, strategies to build balanced budgets, best practices to manage volatility, and policies to effectively manage long-term liabilities. The officer helps provide interested state and local officials with technical assistance on effective policies and practices. This position requires self-directed work and a significant amount of creative thinking. The ideal candidate has exceptionally strong people, communication, and organizational skills.

    This position reports to the project director, fiscal and economic policy, state fiscal health, and is based in Pew's Washington, DC office. The officer works closely with all members of the fiscal policy team as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations and other areas. 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.


    Under the direction and guidance of the project director:
    • Work with project leadership to develop, refine, and implement the project's strategy and tactics to improve how states build balanced budgets, invest in infrastructure, manage long-term debt, and achieve fiscal stability over the long-term.
    • Serve as a leader on the team's state fiscal policy research, working in collaboration with other team members to develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, infographics, and presentations. Coordinate and manage research and writing efforts that may include multiple staff members from across the project.
    • Help lead the team's development of original content through interviews, data analysis, writing and editing. Assist in generating research products, technical assistance memoranda, testimony, and state-specific presentations that are easily understood by a wide range of stakeholders.
    • Identify and cultivate strategic relationships with policymakers, stakeholders, organizations, and vendors to advance the project's objectives and expertise.
    • Serve as an expert on state budget issues before key audiences and the media, including serving as a spokesperson for the team's work as needed.
    • Work collaboratively with the other projects within the state fiscal health TOP, the government performance portfolio, and across the institution to advance robust, rigorous research addressing state and local fiscal policy issues.
    • Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of issues related to state and local fiscal policy, and research methodologies and practices. Participate in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to keep current in areas of focus.
    • Contribute to and participate in broader Trusts-related projects and activities as needed.


    • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
    • At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience, including demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills and previous experience implementing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy.
    • Experience synthesizing and summarizing large amounts of information, focusing quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as identifying, understanding and integrating different policy perspectives.
    • Experience writing clear and cogent materials that synthesize complex policy issues for internal audiences, policymakers, the media and the public with a non-partisan perspective and approach.
    • Experience collaborating with stakeholders in government, academia, and non-profits.
    • 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.
    • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required; database and online research applications preferred.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
    • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.

    Occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences may be required.

    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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