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DC - Fiscal Risk, Research and Writing Officer

  • 1.  DC - Fiscal Risk, Research and Writing Officer

    Posted 01-29-2024 10:29 AM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 01-29-2024 10:28 AM

    Washington, DC (901 E)

    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, non-partisan approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels as well as the interplay that can occur between jurisdictions. Current initiatives focus on health, fiscal and economic policy, and safety and justice, and take into account significant trends such as evolving technologies, and the increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States population.

    Our teams explore and advance effective, evidence-based policies 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. We work in collaboration with organizations that share our commitment to rigorous research, measurable results, and public service, and we focus on developing durable policy change. 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.

    Managing Fiscal Risks

    Managing Fiscal Risks helps state policymakers evaluate and plan for risks to their states' fiscal long-term stability. Through research, technical assistance, and stakeholder engagement, the project aims to provide state policymakers with the tools and information they need to better evaluate new and emerging fiscal risks and uncertainty and their impact on state budgets. In addition to working with state policymakers, the project engages entities outside state government that play a significant role in states' long-term fiscal stability, notably the federal government and the municipal bond and insurance markets.

    Position Overview

    The officer will help states achieve fiscal stability and improve their budgeting practices by leading many of the project's research efforts, with a focus on natural disaster budgeting and other emerging risks (e.g., demographic, technological, and climate-related shifts) . Reporting to the senior manager, the officer will develop and conduct research, write and edit research publications and other materials, work closely with colleagues to ensure accuracy and relevance, and manage relationships with external researchers to support the project's efforts.

    Located in Pew's DC office, this will participate in Pew's core in-office days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will have flexibility to work from home the remainder of each week.


    • Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project's related goals.
    • In collaboration with project leadership, design and implement a research agenda to help advance project goals.
    • Execute new research, including authoring, co-authoring, editing, and guiding research reports, issue briefs, and other content (e.g., outreach materials).
    • Present findings internally and externally to policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.
    • Work closely with project and operations staff to develop and manage contracts with external experts.
    • Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of public policy discussions, regulatory changes, and other relevant changes to state-level policies, research methodologies, and practices.
    • Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.


    • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills aimed at informing and influencing internal and external audiences.
    • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including synthesizing large amounts of information quickly and summarizing findings effectively, identifying gaps in research and policy analysis, and developing ideas for research products that generate broad interest.
    • Aptitude for advancing complex projects to successful completion with measurable results.
    • Politically astute; capacity to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and institutions and maintain an evidence-based, nonpartisan perspective and approach to efforts that require support across the political spectrum.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
    • Generally, eight years of applicable experience.

    Key attributes and preferred experience

    • Naturally develops and manages productive and collaborative relationships.
    • Experience with relevant research and policy topics and knowledge of state and federal government.
    • Experience with public speaking preferred.
    • Comfortable managing and meeting multiple deadlines.


    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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