Officer, Research and Content, State Fiscal Health (Editorial and Fiscal Research)

Posted On: August 14, 2018

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Media Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Company Description

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, non-partisan analysis to solve today's challenges.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.
We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.
Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.
With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.Project Description
The state fiscal health project helps state policy makers adopt policies and practices designed to improve their long-term fiscal health and economic growth.
The project has three primary objectives: (1) provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research that helps lawmakers understand states' fiscal and economic challenges and how to address them; (2) engage and educate critical constituencies that influence policy decisions; and (3) provide selected states with customized research and technical assistance.

Job Description

The officer (editorial and fiscal research) works with the research and content team to track and analyze 50-state fiscal, economic, and demographic trends for policymakers, the media, and the public. The position entails both editorial and research responsibilities primarily for Pew's Fiscal 50 tool, a regularly updated online resource that is a trusted source of nonpartisan data and analysis. The officer leads regularly updated analyses of specific fiscal and economic trends. In addition, working with the project director, the officer critically reviews and edits content created by team members and manages all editorial processes leading to publication, including overseeing contracts with data providers or experts. The officer leads the team in conceptualizing, researching, writing, and producing new content that provides further insights into states' fiscal conditions; conceives data visualizations; contributes ideas and expertise to new research concepts; helps shape strategic plans for upgrading the Fiscal 50 tool; and serves as a public spokesperson for the team's research.
This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project director, research and content, 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.

• Regularly analyze data on specific fiscal and economic trends featured in Fiscal 50, working from spreadsheets. Incorporate new insights into clear and concise written findings that explain why the trend is relevant.
• Help conceive and lead creation of additional, original analyses and graphics that tie together multiple trends, provide a big-picture examination of states' fiscal conditions or challenges, or dive deeper into a specific trend.
• Work closely with the project director to ensure that all Fiscal 50 content is written and presented in a clear, concise, and accessible manner and meets the highest standards of editorial excellence. This includes editing analyses, graphics, social media and other content; coaching others on writing skills; and strictly adhering to Pew fact-checking, editing, and copy-editing processes.
• Manage all aspects of the project's editorial calendar and production schedule, closely coordinating with other researchers and Pew's graphics, digital, and communications staff to ensure timely production and dissemination of Fiscal 50 updates. Work with operations staff to oversee and manage contracts with data providers and experts.
• Conceptualize new data visualizations and interactive functions to update the Fiscal 50 platform.
• Present findings internally and externally with policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
• Contribute content and ideas to the project's communications strategy, including drafting or editing tweets and newsletter content.
• Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of public policy discussions, state-relevant fiscal and economic research, and state budget news. Participate in conferences, webinars, and other professional development activities to keep current and develop growing expertise in areas of focus.

• Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in journalism or public policy research and writing, including demonstrated experience in analyzing state and/or federal fiscal or economic issues. Knowledge of a range of state and/or national fiscal and economic issues preferred.
• Excellent grammar and proficiency in AP style required. Editing experience is a plus.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, including demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts clearly and effectively. Effective public speaking ability, with experience conducting media interviews or public presentations a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze data, focus quickly on the essence of findings, and explain the big-picture relevance and significance of those findings. Familiarity with analyzing datasets in Microsoft Excel highly preferred.
• Aptitude for conceiving data visualizations. Experience with presenting data online is a plus.
• Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to juggle multiple competing priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, and organize time efficiently. Project management a plus.
• Ability to independently deliver high-quality products while also operating as a team player.
• Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
Domestic travel for meetings and conferences as needed.
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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