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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.
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.
As part of a team, the officer contributes to all aspects of Fiscal 50, a high-visibility online platform that brings together Pew's most relevant and timely state fiscal data and policy insights. Reporting to the manager, Fiscal 50, the officer produces insightful data analysis and written content, ranging from tweets to issue briefs; draws on wide range of public data sources and analytic tools to help the team develop additional 50-state comparative measures, data visualizations, and analytic content on fiscal, economic, and demographic trends; and helps execute the project's communications and outreach strategy.
Located in Pew's Washington D.C. office, this position is eligible for up to 60% telework.
- Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project's related goals.
- Work independently and with other researchers on the Fiscal 50 team and across Pew's other fiscal teams to research and write a range of relevant content that informs policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders and draws connections across Pew's research on promising fiscal management practices for states. Analyze and visualize 50-state economic, fiscal, and demographic data. Develop static and interactive graphics for use in a wide range of publications.
- Closely track developments in states and work being done across Pew's fiscal teams in order to identify and develop new ideas for research and opportunities for collaboration. Conduct interviews with state officials and other key stakeholders.
- Help the team develop a process for aggregating, summarizing, and publishing news and reports relevant to the states' long-term fiscal resilience, drawing connections to Pew's fiscal research and objectives.
- Maintain a broad knowledge of public policy discussions, state-relevant fiscal and economic research, and current trends. Participate in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to keep current in areas of focus and be prepared to draw connections that inspire or inform Pew research.
- Present findings internally and externally with policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders. Help execute the team's outreach and social media strategy.
- Maintain a constant commitment to accuracy in all work. Review and fact-check project materials produced by other staff or contractors.
- Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.
- Demonstrated quantitative analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including proficiency in analyzing data trends and focusing quickly on the essence of findings. Proficiency in Excel required.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including demonstrated aptitude to translate complex concepts clearly and effectively.
- Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
- Aptitude 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.
- Demonstrated to independently deliver high-quality products while also operating as a team player.
- Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
- Generally, eight years of applicable experience.
Key attributes and preferred experience
- Advanced degree with research focus on public policy, economics, or related field preferred.
- Effective public speaking ability, with experience conducting media interviews or public presentations a plus.
- Familiarity with analytical tools is a plus.
- Aptitude for conceiving data visualizations, and experience presenting data online.
This position requires occasional travel to meetings and conferences.
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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