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.Broadband Access Initiative
Pew's broadband access initiative is housed within the Government Performance portfolio and led by a project director. The project will tackle the dual barriers of (1) inadequate physical infrastructure, which results in the absence of a high-quality internet connection; and (2) affordability, when individual households and small businesses cannot afford those connections. Our work through research, outreach, technical assistance and advocacy seeks to develop and highlight state models to improve affordable broadband access; improve federal and state broadband regulations by establishing speed goals and technological standards, improving the marketplace to include non-legacy providers; and informing and shaping new federal and state appropriations for broadband and improving accountability.Position Overview
The research officer, broadband access initiative, will be responsible for developing and implementing research on broadband access and affordability to help the team execute its project strategy and achieve its deliverables. The research officer will also help manage timelines for external contracts and work with senior staff to ensure that research products are delivered on time.
The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, will report to the project director, broadband initiative. and it is eligible for up to 60% telework. Responsibilities
- Conduct research including empirical analysis, compilation and evaluation of data sets, literature reviews, focus groups, and interviews.
- Help collect relevant research and datasets on broadband access and affordability. Critically synthesize information and advise colleagues about key insights.
- Generate ideas for publications from the project and its partners that are consistent with the initiative's scope and goals.
- Work with Pew's senior researchers and external experts to ensure all research products are methodologically sound and factually accurate. Significantly contribute to and lead aspects of Pew's rigorous internal quality control process.
- Support outreach efforts by ensuring all external communications are factually accurate and reflect the findings of our analyses. Represent the project at events as directed.
- Cultivate expertise about broadband access and affordability and related issues such as digital equity by monitoring publications and participating in seminars and other professional development activities.
- Assist in ensuring all collaborations and partnership arrangements are well-coordinated and strategically focused. Oversee contributions from other team members or consultants and contribute to colleagues' research or outreach activities as appropriate.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field preferred.
- At least eight years of applicable experience in the field gained through training and professional experience. Experience in public policy or broadband preferred.
- Demonstrated research and analytical skills applied to public policy or broadband adoption and affordability, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
- Strong quantitative analysis skills, including proficiency in R, Stata
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues effectively and clearly. Ability to write quickly and succinctly.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details, and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving. Capacity to use these skills proactively to move complex projects forward while working collegially toward common goals.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Proven track record of working collegially and effectively as a member of a team and individually to meet goals. Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally with a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high-level of organization. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
- Ability to view an issue or question in a non-partisan manner and critically evaluate data to shed light on problems and solutions.
This position requires occasional domestic travel for 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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