Officer, Fiscal Federalism and Broadband Research Initiative

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States, 20004
Yearly Salary
Feb 12, 2019
Research, Writer
Metro Area
Full Time



  The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.





We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.




Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.




With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.




Research and Science Portfolio
The research and science portfolio includes both programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew's programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, fiscal federalism, and Philadelphia public policy research. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization. The portfolio also includes an operational aspect working to ensure effective management systems across the program department and coordinating with key partners across the institution.




Fiscal Federalism Initiative
Pew's fiscal federalism initiative is housed in the research and science portfolio and led by a director. The initiative provides research and analysis on issues where federal and state fiscal interests and funding overlap. Our goal is to provide the data and analysis that is missing from the conversation and to inform the critical decisions by policymakers at both levels of government.




The initiative produces both short analytical pieces that are timed to inform the current debate and longer more in-depth research to illuminate issues where data are missing from the debate. The topics are focused on issues where federal and state interests intersect and cover both spending and tax policies – ranging from higher education and Medicaid to natural disasters and tax conformity, among others.




Broadband Research Initiative
Pew's broadband research initiative is housed within the research and science portfolio and led by the director of the fiscal federalism initiatives. The project provides research on broadband deployment and access. Our goals include providing the analysis that informs and advances conversations about how to provide reliable, high-speed broadband to communities that lack coverage and facilitating a dialogue among policy, industry, and academic stakeholders.




Position Overview
The successful candidate works with the director and the projects' management staff to implement the current research agenda, develop accessible data and information, and play a leadership role in the exploration of new research and lines of work. The officer authors and co-authors research papers and issue briefs, critically reviews project materials, helps implement the projects' communications and outreach strategy, presents research findings in appropriate venues, and may oversee contracts.




The position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the director and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.







  • Work with the projects' management to develop and manage multiple and diverse research projects by:
    • Identifying and exploring new issue areas and helping to develop the projects' long-term research agenda.
    • Designing research strategies and conceptualizing ways to convey data and findings visually.
    • Identifying and collaborating with experts in the field and other Pew projects when appropriate.
    • Ensuring work is methodologically sound and responds to policy questions in a timely way.
    • Working across R&S and Pew to connect with other relevant projects and expertise.
  • Work collaboratively within Pew to support internal review and quality control processes.
  • Support and execute the projects' communications and outreach strategy.
  • Participate with Pew colleagues on collaborative work related to the intersection of state and federal policies as well as broadband access.
  • Manage relevant research contracts. Identify appropriate researchers and experts for research contracts; evaluate proposals, execute contracts, monitor progress, and ensure products are high quality, use rigorous analysis, meet the contract's objectives, and are delivered on time and within budget consistent with Pew's mission and guidelines.
  • Other duties as assigned.






  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in public policy, public administration, or other relevant area preferred.
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in federal and/or state policy analysis required. Experience in federal and/or state revenue and/or spending policy strongly preferred. Experience within federal and/or state government a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues and findings clearly and effectively and translating complex concepts for a policymaking audience. Ability to write quickly and succinctly as well as to revise and edit based on input from a wide range of reviewers.
  • Strong familiarity with fiscal and economic data; familiarity with statutory language and regulatory processes a plus.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel; familiarity with at least one data analysis and visualization program a plus (e.g., Tableau, Stata, R).
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to operate as a team player, think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, meet multiple deadlines while remaining attentive to details, and support others to do the same.
  • Ability to manage research by contracted experts based at universities, nonprofits, think tanks, and other entities to ensure rigorous, policy-relevant, and timely results.
  • Strong non-partisan perspective and approach with appropriate political awareness.



Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings as needed.




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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