The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, DC, USA
Jun 27, 2019Full time
Position Overview Pew seeks an associate I, based in its Washington, DC, office, to serve in a crosscutting role across the different project areas – including environmental policy, public health, and government performance related to fiscal issues – within the program unit, assisting in data collection and analysis in the early phases of project research and quality control in the latter. The associate I reports to the associate manager, research, and is deployed and supervised by senior-level research review staff, in coordination with project directors and managers. The position also helps with background research to determine new project areas. Responsibilities Under direction of senior research staff, assist with research efforts that support project teams and crosscutting efforts within program. Research work includes managing datasets, reviewing code, and/or using research software to process and analyze data, producing literature reviews, and composing draft tables, charts, and write-ups for our research products. More advanced work may include using raw datasets and code in STATA, SPSS, and R to replicate complicated statistical results and evaluating the quality of data and methodological choices made by contract researchers. Assist in reviewing methodologies and other strategies proposed by project teams in the early stages of research, and in checking data and calculations in the final stages before publication. Contribute to and participate in the team’s tasks, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned. Requirements Bachelor’s degree required. The ideal candidate has an interest in public policy and an educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field. At least one year of applicable experience required. Strong computer skills and experience. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as R, Excel, SPSS, STATA, Tableau, GIS, and other statistical/econometric packages. Ability to conduct literature reviews, synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, and focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally. Ability to be responsive to the direction of research managers/supervisors while working with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Must be detail-oriented. Travel Travel is not anticipated for this position. 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.