Officer, Research and Content, State Fiscal Health (Fiscal Research)

  • Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Type

Full 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 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.

Project Description
The state fiscal health project helps state policy makers 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 selected states with customized research and technical assistance.

Position Overview
The officer (fiscal research) works with the research and content team to track and analyze 50-state fiscal, economic, and demographic trends and to help identify ways that states are addressing challenges to their long-term fiscal health. This includes leading regularly updated analyses of specific trends featured in Pew's Fiscal 50 tool, an online source of data and analysis for policymakers, the media, and the public. The officer manages Fiscal 50's research agenda and oversees research processes to ensure that new work is methodologically sound, relevant, and accurate. Work also includes helping to shape an upgrade of the Fiscal 50 tool. The officer also conceives, researches, writes, and produces additional content with insights into states' fiscal conditions; provides expertise and support to the project's research on fiscal management and practices that characterize fiscally well-managed states; and serves as a public spokesperson for the team's research.

This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project director, research and content, 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.


• Regularly analyze data on specific fiscal, economic, and demographic trends featured in Fiscal 50, working with a research associate. Incorporate new insights into clear and concise written findings that explain why the trend is relevant.

• Oversee Fiscal 50's research agenda, working with the project director to outline opportunities for growth, improvement, and examination of new concepts. Create and maintain a prioritized list of research work. Design and oversee strategies to achieve the team's goals.
• Manage research processes for the team, coordinating with Pew's quality control staff and outside experts as needed to ensure sound methodologies and accurate findings. Work with operations staff to oversee and manage contracts with data providers and experts.
• Execute new research, including authoring, co-authoring, and/or guiding research reports, issue briefs or other content.
• Conceptualize new data visualizations and interactive functions to update the Fiscal 50 platform.
• Present findings internally and externally with policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.
• Contribute content and ideas to the project's communications strategy, including drafting or editing tweets and newsletter content.
• Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of public policy discussions, state budget news, and state-relevant fiscal and economic research, methodologies, and practices. Participate in conferences, webinars and other professional development activities to develop and maintain expertise in areas of focus.


• Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree with research focus on public policy, economics, or related field preferred.
• Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience, including demonstrated experience designing, conducting, and managing public policy research and analysis, and writing for publication. Possesses a strong ability to learn and master new issues quickly. Knowledge of a range of state and/or national fiscal and economic issues preferred.
• Demonstrated strong quantitative analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including ability to analyze data trends and focus quickly on the essence of findings. Proficiency in Excel required; familiarity with other statistical analytical tools is a plus.
• Strong qualitative analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information quickly and summarize findings effectively, identify gaps in research and policy analysis, and develop ideas for research products that generate broad interest.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, including demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts clearly. Effective public speaking ability, with experience conducting media interviews or public presentations is a plus.
• Aptitude for conceiving data visualizations. Experience with presenting data online is a plus.
• Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to think strategically, juggle competing priorities, organize time efficiently, adjust to changing circumstances, and resolve problems creatively and logically. Prior project management experience is a plus.
• Ability to independently deliver high-quality work while also operating as a team player. Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships, both internally and externally.
• Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.


Domestic travel for meetings and conferences 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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree