The Government Performance Portfolio within Program
Pew'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.Cross-Cutting Unit: Project Development and Support
The cross-cutting unit works across Pew's government performance (GP) portfolio. The group manages and leads internal initiatives, such as developing new project ideas, building new tools, facilitating cross-project collaboration and communication, managing consultants, and liaising with other program and operations units within Pew. The unit ensures the quality, consistency, and compliance and accountability of Pew's work across the government performance portfolio.Position Overview
The senior associate works with cross-cutting staff team to support projects across the government performance portfolio. The ideal candidate has strong strategic, analytical, and project management skills. In addition, the candidate will have strong written and verbal communications skills and a track record in federal, state, and local government policy issues.
The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the associate manager, project development and support, government performance.Responsibilities
- Work directly with the cross-cutting unit's project development and support team to assist the senior vice president, vice president, and other government performance portfolio leadership manage the development of new ideas for projects, including writing board documents, designing project plans, and coordinating with internal and external partners.
- Coordinate with project leads across the portfolio on early-stage explorations to develop and articulate a vision for the idea with concrete objectives, and ensure activities are linked to the portfolio's larger vision. Provide direct research support to project explorations-summarizing and assessing the scholarship and applied research and interviewing experts in key policy areas-as needed and appropriate.
- With the cross-cutting team and portfolio leadership, directly support the development and implementation of long-term strategic planning efforts to guide the trajectory of GP projects.
- Assist with the development of portfolio capacity to help projects navigate strategic planning lifecycles including project exploration, implementation, evaluation, and wind down.
- Contribute to ensuring quality and consistency of the portfolio's written products, board documents, and other materials.
- Support the director and the portfolio's leadership team in building and maintaining a culture of excellence, accountability, inclusion, equity, and diversity in the portfolio.
- Other activities in support of portfolio collaboration, learning, and new idea development, as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required.
- At least four years of applicable experience in the public policy arena.
- Good judgment, able to think creatively, articulate recommendations, and be responsive to and clear with colleagues and partners.
- Strong analytic and innovative problem-solving skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify the means to address it. Focused on producing measurable results.
- Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
- Excellent time and project management skills. Highly flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
This position requires occasional domestic travel to meetings and conferences. 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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