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Associate I, Fiscal 50, State Fiscal Health

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Washington, DC

Overview Full Job Title: Associate I, Fiscal 50, 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 todays 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, D.C., 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 institutions 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 portfolios 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.
State Fiscal Health
The state fiscal health project, of which the Fiscal 50 team is a part, 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 associate I contributes to all aspects of Fiscal 50, an online research product that offers regularly updated, 50-state data and written analyses that provide fresh insights into states fiscal challenges. The associate I manages and analyzes data for a set of fiscal, economic, and demographic indicators; contributes to written content from issue briefs to tweets; helps conceive and develop additional indicators and content; and helps execute the projects communications and outreach strategy. This position is based in Pews Washington, DC, office, and reports to the Fiscal 50 project director. 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. Responsibilities
  • Collect, organize, and analyze 50-state economic, fiscal, and demographic data. Build and maintain datasets, conceptualize data visualizations, and collaborate with graphic designers.
  • Produce written analyses for a range of digital and print content, based on data findings and enlightened by research into state trends and fiscal policies.
  • Provide weekly updates for internal use on news and relevant research that identifies emerging trends and key state fiscal developments to build team and personal expertise.
  • Contribute to the projects communications and outreach efforts by providing research, talking points, and data visualizations for use in presentations and media interviews by senior staff; assist in creation of webinars, social media content, and other means to present research findings to key audiences.
  • Maintain a constant commitment to accuracy in all work. Review and fact-check project materials produced by other staff or contractors.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.
Requirements
  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree in relevant area preferred.
  • At least one year of applicable experience conducting research into public policy or public finance issues. Familiarity with state fiscal, budget, or economic data is highly preferred.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills. High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel required. Experience with data visualization highly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated ability to produce clear, analytical narratives accessible to a range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated skills in researching and analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Demonstrated ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; and remain attentive to details.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
Travel
Occasional travel for conferences and meetings.
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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