Principal Associate, Writer, Housing Policy Initiative
Knewin, Washington, District of Columbia, us, 20022
The Government Performance Portfolio within ProgramPew’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.Housing Policy InitiativeThe Pew Charitable Trusts housing policy initiative works to improve the affordability of housing and access to safe home financing. Pew works with diverse, bipartisan policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers at the state and federal level to increase access to safe, affordable home financing and to significantly reduce the shortage of housing in the United States. For more information about this project, visit https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/housing-policy-initiative.Position OverviewAs Pew builds a strong evidence base for improving access to housing and safe home financing, the principal associate will take the lead on writing up and translating research for publication and wide dissemination to policymakers, stakeholders, and the media. Topics will include zoning reforms, alternative home financing arrangements, small mortgage lending, how land-use regulations and building codes affect housing affordability, and the impact of housing availability on homelessness levels. The position collaborates closely with staff overseeing Pew’s housing research, policy analysis, policy development, government and community outreach liaisons, and communications professionals.Located in Pew's DC office, this position reports to the manager, housing policy initiative and 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.ResponsibilitiesFoster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, accessible and in line with Pew and the project’s related goals.Develop an understanding of housing availability and home financing issues at the local, state, and federal levels, with specific attention to mortgage access, alternative financing, and the effects of land-use regulations, building codes, and state and local zoning reforms on housing costs.Lead and co-author of publications on how housing availability and affordability affect homelessness levels and of policy recommendations to reduce homelessness.Draft comment letters to federal regulators on improving access to mortgage loans and safe and affordable financing for manufactured housing.Help conceptualize information graphics and data visualizations that convey ideas clearly.Carefully track and evaluate media coverage of housing developments and work with communications staff to develop strategies and messages that advance Pew’s policy agenda.Represent the project at conferences, seminars, policy discussions, and other events as needed.RequirementsBachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.Generally, six years of applicable experience in writing for broad or targeted audiences, such as in journalism or writing for a company, government, or nonprofit organization.Excellent writing and editorial skills, including ease in translating complex concepts clearly for diverse audiences, a passion for quality writing, an expressive vocabulary, and an aptitude for data visualization.A high degree of interest in housing policy, especially increasing access to and the affordability of housing in high-need areas, reducing homelessness levels, and making home financing safer and more affordable.Aptitude to apply a non-partisan, evidence-based approach to projects and campaigns that require support across the political spectrum.High detail orientation, particularly with facts and figures. Accustomed to monitoring and double-checking work and information for accuracy and quality.Key attributes and preferred experienceSkilled at developing and maintaining productive and collaborative relationships with a wide array of staff and stakeholders with differing perspectives.Comfort with working with a high degree of independence on complex projects within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented, and collegial environment.Takes a non-partisan perspective and approach.TravelThis position may require occasional domestic travel to meetings and conferences.Total RewardsWe 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.