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DC - State Policy Analyst (Pew)

  • 1.  DC - State Policy Analyst (Pew)

    Posted 29 days ago
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 29 days ago


    Full Job Title: Senior Associate, State Partnerships, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

    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
    Government performance, one of the five program portfolios at The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective approaches to improve policy at all levels of government. The portfolio's project teams conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative approaches in addressing complex problems. Initiatives currently focus on three key areas for federal, state, and local governments: (1) health and human services; (2) management and budget; and (3) safety and justice.

    GP utilizes the basic tools required to explore and advance effective policy solutions at the federal, state, and local levels. These solutions include 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.

    The GP portfolio is led by the vice president and head of government performance, with support from a vice president and senior directors who provide oversight over select projects and functions within the portfolio.

    Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
    In the current fiscal environment, most states and local governments are facing tough budget choices and lacking the resources needed to support traditional levels of public services. Increasingly, policymakers seek combinations of programs and policies that will yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative (Results First), a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states and local governments to implement an innovative approach to evidence-based policymaking that helps them identify and invest in policies and programs that are proven to work.

    Results First promotes the use of evidence to help guide budget and policy decisions in states and counties by: conducting research on best practices in evidence-based policymaking and sharing it with partner jurisdictions and the larger field; developing practical tools for accessing and using evidence and building partners' capacity to implement them and interpret results; and helping state and county leaders understand the research and routinely incorporate evidence into their decision-making processes. Results First is working intensively in selected states and counties in targeted policy areas to embed benefit-cost analysis and related tools into policy and budget decision-making. This work is focused on both helping governments customize and implement innovative tools and linking their analyses to their policy and budget processes so that leaders can use the results to inform difficult decisions.

    Position Overview
    The senior associate, state partnerships, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, provides strategic project support with a focus on developing sustainability strategies for a cohort of high performing Results First partner states and related initiatives. The senior associate reports to the senior manager, state policy, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. The position is based in Pew's Washington, DC office 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.


    • In collaboration with the senior manager, state policy, help develop and implement strategies to sustain the work of high performing Results First partner states. Specifically, support efforts to:
      • Advance and promote select states' evidence-based policymaking work.
      • Establish a nationally recognized evidence-based policymaking support center.
      • Establish a university-based program (or programs) that provides continuing education in evidence-based policymaking for state and local government leaders.
    • Develop a deep understanding of the policy and political landscape in selected states; monitor and identify emerging issues relevant to project goals.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other Pew projects; coordinate ongoing work and identify opportunities for collaboration.
    • Contribute to and participate in related Results First tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


    • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in public policy or a related discipline (behavioral health, human services, or justice) strongly preferred.
    • At least four years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated project management skills.
    • 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 understanding of policy levers state governments use to codify policy and practice; experience with (or familiarity with research literature on) sustaining reform efforts preferred.
    • Experience with or exposure to applied research and analytical tools is preferred. Some knowledge of outcome monitoring and evaluation methodologies would also be highly valued. (For examples, follow this link to review Results First evidence-based policymaking framework pewtrusts.org/resultsfirstresourcecenter).
    • Ability to set short and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy and objectives; a task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; and remain attentive to details.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork; acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

    The position is expected to include occasional overnight domestic travel for 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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