Associate I, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (State Pension Reform)

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jun 27, 2019
Full time Legal

Job Description

Position Overview

Pew seeks to hire an associate I to focus on the project’s assistance to states, while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, reports to the manager, state policy and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

The ideal candidate has an educational and employment background in public policy, economics, finance, or related field with experience synthesizing data and research to produce effective and clear written materials useful to policy makers and/or the public. Background working in a complex environment with varying partners is key along with extensive analysis, writing, and informal/formal presentation skills. Finally, any familiarity with state or federal budget challenges or procedures and knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems would be highly valued.


  • Provide analytic support to the project’s technical assistance efforts in states and municipalities, including assistance in the development and implementation of quantitative analytical tools.
  • Summarize the results of analysis for internal consumption and discussion.
  • Prepare polished presentation materials summarizing results of analyses.
  • As directed, support state policy and research team members in providing technical assistance to state partners, to assist them in developing effective advocacy strategies.
  • Write, edit and collect information for public policy reports and briefs, including fact sheets for the website.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative and communications strategies.
  • Assist in ensuring all state assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
  • Assist in the production and dissemination of state-based publications from the project and its partners, including coordinating the development of the ideas into viable publications, and drafting copy and graphics.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging public sector retirement and benefits system issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.
  • Collect information at conferences, meetings, and other events and prepare materials for distribution and for team presentations.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least one year of applicable experience in a policy arena. Experience working with state policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders preferred.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue. A keen understanding of the importance of such research and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel required; use of or strong familiarity with SPSS, Stata, and/or SAS preferred.
  • A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving.
  • Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
  • 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.
  • Political awareness and a nonpartisan perspective and approach would be highly valued. 

Occasional domestic travel to perform work or assessments in states. 

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.