Job posted by: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Posted on: June 20, 2014
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 stimulate 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, D.C., Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.
Family Economic Stability Portfolio
The American Family Economic Stability portfolio is a new initiative that will assess and, where warranted, promote non-partisan, evidence-based solutions to improve the financial health of the American family and the safety and transparency of consumer financial markets. The portfolio will explore a number of related issues that focus on families' ability to save for the future, borrow and manage their funds safely and wisely, and move up the economic ladder. Included in this portfolio of work is an extensive body of research that will explore the current financial condition of diverse families and the connection between financial capital--personal savings and other assets--and economic stability and mobility.
Pew aims to restore transparency, fairness, responsibility, and free market principles to the markets for common consumer financial products, including transaction accounts and small-dollar loans. Our work on consumer banking promotes policies to revise and update regulations for checking accounts, general purpose reloadable prepaid cards and mobile payments to reflect current technology, eliminate abusive practices that have sprung up in regulatory gaps and provide consumers information and choices that promote responsible money management. The project conducts policy-relevant research and builds partnerships with industry and advocates for policies that reduce consumer risks, foster a consistent regulatory framework for financial institutions and improve market competitiveness. The initiative educates the public and policy makers by analyzing current practices and consumer disclosures and uncovering hidden costs associated with these products and services.
The successful candidate will become an integral part of the project's team, helping to lead the research and evaluation needs of the project. Responsibilities will include shaping the project's research agenda, substantive data analysis, and evaluating proposals and commissioned work. The research officer reports to the director, Consumer Banking, based in Washington, DC.
It is expected that this position is for a term period through June 30, 2017, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.
This position may involve periodic travel to research projects, conferences or meetings.
Pew is an equal opportunity employer.