Associate, Fiscal Policy, State Fiscal Health

  • Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Type

Part Time




Dist. Columbia
United States


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 public interests.

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.

Project Overview
The state fiscal health project is an initiative to help states adopt policies and practices designed to improve their long-term fiscal health and economic growth.

The project has three primary objectives: (1) provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research that helps lawmakers understand states' fiscal and economic challenges and how to address them; (2) engage and educate critical constituencies that influence policy decisions; and (3) provide states with customized technical assistance and research.

Position Overview
As part of a team, the associate will be responsible for executing research, advocacy, and communication strategies to advance the project's goals of helping improve state and local government fiscal health. The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the associate manager, fiscal policy, 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.

• Conduct primary research, including compilation and analysis of data sets, literature reviews and interviews on topics including: 1) the states' role in monitoring and improving local government fiscal health and 2) state policies and practices to manage long-term debt and public infrastructure effectively.

• Work with senior staff and consultants to identify data sources, and where existing data are not available, develop and implement alternative data-collection plans. Identify limitations and opportunities presented by such data. Ensure data quality and rigor and appropriateness of all analyses.
• Synthesize research to identify trends, best practices, opportunities and challenges, and compelling examples.
• Develop content ideas that will effectively convey the findings of the research to key audiences, including policy makers, the media, and other stakeholders.
• Contribute to development and execution of effective presentations of research findings for internal and external audiences as needed.
• Work with associate manager, project director, and other team members to help advance and execute the project's strategy and tactics to improve how state and local governments manage their finances over the long run.
• Monitor state legislation, news clips, etc., for potential opportunities to engage with states.
• Provide technical assistance, state-specific research, and other support as requested to states that have expressed an interest in working with Pew.
• Contribute to and participate in tasks of broader Pew-related projects and activities.


• Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
• A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience conducting research projects with both quantitative and qualitative components aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy. Experience working on government finance issues and/or in state government a plus.
• Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
• Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills. Clear, effective writing style. Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, compelling, 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.
• Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
• Ability to think strategically, critically and creatively; juggle multiple priorities; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; remain attentive to details; and identify resources for projects.
• Skill with Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access required; use of or strong familiarity with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS) preferred.
• Demonstrated track record of delivering complex projects or project components on time and on budget. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
• Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate 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.

Occasional domestic travel to work with states or attend meetings or conferences expected.

Compensation and Benefits
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.


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree