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Associate I, Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Fiscal Policy (Hybrid)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
United States, D.C., Washington
Jul 19, 2023

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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 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. 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.

State Fiscal Policy

The state fiscal policy 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 plays an important role in helping policymakers enact data-driven reforms that deliver lasting results for state budgets. Reporting to the associate manager, state fiscal policy, the associate I assists with helping states improve their fiscal and economic policy by contributing to policy scans; providing research assistance on 50-state assessments and other analyses; and assisting with technical assistance and other priorities.

Located in Pew's Washington D.C. office, this position is eligible for up to 60% telework. Candidates must be presently legally authorized to work in the country for which they are seeking employment without the need of visa sponsorship.


  • Research and analyze state fiscal and economic policies and practices by reviewing state legislation, reports and evaluations, conducting in-depth interviews with state officials, and other research methods as applicable.
  • Synthesize research on issues, such as long-term budgeting, budget stress testing, and contingency planning to identify trends, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and compelling examples.
  • Help select states for technical assistance by identifying potential areas for improvement and assessing obstacles. Provide technical assistance to state officials and policymakers in the selected states to help design, implement, and evaluate policy reforms.
  • 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 developing, executing, and co-authoring digital and print products, including research reports, factsheets, and infographics.
  • Work collaboratively with internal teams to advance the project's goals and ensure our work is in compliance.
  • Develop relationships with policymakers and their staff. Identify and develop strategic partnerships to advance the project's agenda and expertise.
  • Assist with preparing materials for distribution and presentations, including fact-checking data.
  • Contribute to and participate in broader Pew-related projects and activities.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • 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 related to state budgets in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • Experience developing and managing collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Experience juggling multiple priorities, adjusting to changing circumstances, organizing time efficiently, and remaining attentive to details.
  • Aptitude with Excel required. Experience with statistical software (e.g. Stata, EViews, etc.) is a plus.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, 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.