Associate I, Fiscal Federalism Initiative

  • 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 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
Pew's fiscal federalism initiative is housed in the research and science unit 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 is 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.

Position Overview
The successful candidate will: provide research on spending, budget, tax, economic, and other policies; contribute to and co-author briefs and other research products; critically review initiative materials; work with outside contractors; help implement the initiative's communications and outreach strategy; present research findings in appropriate venues; and work collaboratively with colleagues across Pew on current projects and explorations of new research opportunities.

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

• Provide core research capability for the initiative. Carry out analysis of current and emerging spending, tax and other policies related to a variety of spending, budgeting, and tax topics. Build and/or maintain economic and fiscal models under the guidance of more senior analysts.

• Contribute to and co-author research reports and issue briefs for the initiative. Critically review and fact-check materials produced by other staff and contractors.
• Develop and maintain timelines and schedules to ensure the timely release of publications.
• Play a key role in organizing team sponsored convenings of stakeholders, experts, and the public – including securing speakers and experts, agenda development, logistics, invitations, etc.
• Work with the director and managers to support and execute the initiative's communications and outreach strategy. Including reviewing outreach emails and social media and preparing materials for the initiative's website to ensure that they are timely, accurate, and relevant.
• Review and provide regular summaries of relevant new legislative proposals before the Congress that may affect states; track both federal and state legislative developments and work by others in the field.
• Participate with Pew colleagues who are state fiscal experts on collaborative work and work with management on development of new research proposals.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor's degree required.
• Minimum of one year of professional work experience focused on public policy.
• Familiarity with government expenditure and/or revenue and other policies. Experience in the federal and/or state government is highly preferred.
• Familiarity with federal and state economic and budget data including data from the Congressional Budget Office, US Census, Federal Funds Information for States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Conference of State Legislatures, and other sources.
• Experience summarizing and distilling the essence of policy proposals and legislation.
• 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).
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues effectively and clearly. Ability to write accurately, quickly and succinctly.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
• Proven ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
• Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.

It is anticipated that the associate I will undertake a nominal amount of travel for conferences and meetings to promote the initiative's work.

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

4-year degree