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DC - Senior Associate, Fiscal and Economic Policy (Pew)

  • 1.  DC - Senior Associate, Fiscal and Economic Policy (Pew)

    Posted 02-29-2024 08:45 AM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 8 days ago


    Washington, DC (901 E)

    The Government Performance Portfolio

    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.

    Position Overview

    The senior associate plays an important role in helping policymakers enact data-driven reforms that deliver lasting results for state budgets. Reporting to the associate manager, state fiscal health, the senior associate will provide strategic guidance and support on the project's lines of work by performing research and analysis on issues impacting state budget sustainability, and by using qualitative and quantitative skills to advance technical assistance efforts and other priorities.

    Located in Pew's Washington D.C. office, this position will participate in Pew's core in-office days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with flexibility to work from home the remainder of each week. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the country for which they are seeking employment without visa sponsorship.

    Responsibilities

    • Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project's related goals.
    • Collaborate with project leadership and contribute to explorations of new topics in state fiscal health. Identify key policy issues, develop research questions, conduct and coordinate research efforts, and prepare internal written materials and external publications.
    • Serve as a technical expert to support the project's work on long-term budget assessments, budget stress testing, and other relevant issues.
    • In collaboration with project leadership, help develop and execute engagement strategies, state-specific research, and technical assistance materials.
    • Build and maintain a deep understanding of the policy and political landscape across states; identify and monitor emerging issues relevant to project issue focus and project goals.
    • Contribute writing and editing support to projects as new research products are developed, including major reports, issue briefs, and shorter pieces of timely content.
    • Identify and cultivate relationships with subject-matter experts, key organizations, and in-state stakeholders to support the project's research agenda and to advance project goals.
    • Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations. Contribute to and participate in broader portfolio and Pew-wide projects and activities as assigned.



    Requirements

    • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce a variety of written products for a range of audiences.
    • Aptitude with Excel required. Experience with statistical software (e.g., Stata, EViews, etc.) is desirable.
    • Demonstrated project and time-management skills, including thinking strategically and creatively, juggling multiple priorities, and adjusting to changing circumstances.
    • Strong analytical skills, including synthesizing information and identifying themes.
    • Excellent oral communication skills and work professionally and collegially.
    • Aptitude to apply a non-partisan, evidence-based approach to projects and campaigns that require support across the political spectrum.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
    • Generally, four years of applicable experience.



    Key attributes and preferred experience

    • Previous experience working with state or local governments, or in an executive budget or legislative analyst office setting.
    • Skillful at setting short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategies.
    • Natural interpersonal skills and diplomacy with cultural sensitivity.



    Travel

    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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