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Associate I, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Health

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The Pew Charitable Trusts | Washington, DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Published 5 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.

Project Overview
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 associate I will play a role in state fiscal health's technical assistance efforts to improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.

The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the senior manager, fiscal and economic policy. 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.

  • Research and analyze state fiscal and economic policy and practices by reviewing state legislation, reports and evaluations, and conducting in-depth interviews with state officials.
  • Work with senior staff to synthesize research on issues, such as rainy-day funds, long-term budgeting, and budget stress testing to identify trends, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and compelling examples.
  • Provide technical assistance, state-specific research, and other support as requested to states that have expressed an interest in working with Pew.
  • Participate in the selection process to identify states that Pew could work with to provide technical assistance. Work will include analyzing state data to identify potential areas for improvement and assessing obstacles.
  • Participate in the process to help identify, analyze, and develop ideas for new lines of work that will improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.
  • Effectively convey research findings to key audiences by helping to develop, execute, and author digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, and infographics.
  • Work collaboratively with communications and outreach staff to identify and develop external relationships that will inform and advance the project's goals.
  • Develop relationships with policymakers and their staff. Identify and develop strategic partnerships to advance the project's agenda and expertise.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities.
  • Bachelor's degree is required, advance degree preferred.
  • At least one year of applicable experience in the public policy arena including experience with quantitative and qualitative data. 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.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity. Demonstrated interest and skills in researching and analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information. Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, clear, compelling, analytical narratives accessible to a range of audiences. Experience with public speaking a plus.
  • Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
  • Aptitude with Excel required. Experience with statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS, etc.) is a plus.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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.


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
  • Entry level

How to Apply

Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Charitable Trusts


Washington, DC

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