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Officer, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Health

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The Pew Charitable Trusts | Washington, DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Published 12 days ago

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.

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 approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels. Current initiatives focus on health and human services, government management and budget, family economic stability, and safety and justice.

Our teams explore and advance effective policy reforms 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. 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.

State Fiscal Health
The state fiscal health project helps states advance sound, data-driven policies and practices that build fiscally well-managed states.

The project: 1) conducts independent and nonpartisan research that documents states' fiscal and economic challenges and opportunities to address them; 2) provides targeted technical assistance that helps state and local policymakers design and execute policies that improve their governments' long-term fiscal health; 3) designs and promotes fiscal management models and tools that help state and local government officials evaluate policy options; and 4) supports networks and seminars that engage and educate key stakeholders.

Position Overview
The officer will research and analyze state fiscal policy issues including improving policies related to long-term budgeting, recession readiness, and budget stress testing. The officer will provide technical assistance to states on effective policies and best practices through objective research and analysis. The position requires self-directed work and a significant amount of creative thinking.

The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior 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.

  • Work with project leadership to develop, refine, and implement the project's strategy and tactics to improve how states 1) prepare for a recession, 2) determine the consequences that longer term trends will have on fiscal health, and 3) can implement policies that create budget sustainability now and in the future.
  • Serve as a leader on the team's research efforts, working in collaboration with other team members to develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, infographics, and presentations.
  • Play a key role in communicating the team's evidence-based research findings through presentations, webinars, testimonies, and other speaking engagements.
  • Serve as a team leader in providing state-specific technical assistance as needed, including identifying and spearheading opportunities for engagement.
  • Help lead the team's development of original content through interviews, data analysis, writing, and editing.
  • Serve as a high-level expert on state budget issues before key audiences and the media, including serving as a spokesperson for the team's work as needed.
  • Identify and cultivate strategic relationships with policymakers, stakeholders, and vendors to advance the project's agenda and expertise.
  • Work with communications and outreach staff to convey the findings of the research to key audiences through in-person and online convenings and innovative online content.
  • Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of public policy discussions and research methodologies and practices. Participate in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to keep current in areas of focus.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of broader Pew-related projects and activities.
  • Bachelor's degree is required, advance degree preferred.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through a combination of professional education, training and professional experience, including demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills and previous experience implementing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy.
  • Previous experience working with state or local governments, or in an executive budget or legislative analyst office setting, is desirable.
  • 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.
  • Experience synthesizing and summarizing large amounts of information, focusing quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as identifying, understanding and integrating different policy perspectives.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce a variety of written products for a range of audiences—including technical experts, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Able to effectively collaborate with stakeholders in government, academia, and non-profits.
  • 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.
  • Aptitude with Excel required. Experience with statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS, etc.) is a plus.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated project and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.

This position requires occasional overnight 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.


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

How to Apply

Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Charitable Trusts


Washington, DC

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