Manager, Research, Results First
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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The Pew Center on the States

The Pew Center on the States (PCS), an internal operating division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, identifies and advances effective policy approaches to critical issues facing states. It researches emerging topics, develops 50-state comparisons, and highlights innovative approaches among states to complex problems. When the facts are clear, PCS advocates for nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions.

PCS makes use of the basic tools required to help states explore and advance effective policies, regardless of the issue credible, timely and user-friendly research; assessments of public support for change; strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to state decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders and the public; the capacity to bring together diverse perspectives and find common ground; and the ability to identify approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.

PCS staff have expertise in research, communications and coalition building; those engaged in issue-specific projects have deep substantive expertise.

Project Overview

In the current fiscal environment, most states are facing tough budget choices and are lacking the resources needed to support traditional levels of public services. Increasingly, policy makers are seeking those combinations of programs and policies that will yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way. Results First, a project of the Pew Center on the States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is helping states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on results.

Results First is working intensively in select states in targeted policy areas to embed cost-benefit analysis into policy and budget decision-making. This work is focused on both the technical aspects of helping the states customize and implement a cost-benefit model developed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and the policy aspects of helping state leaders link this analysis to the states’ policy and budget processes.

Position Overview

The Research Manager, Results First, will oversee the design and execution of the project’s research agenda and collaborate closely with internal colleagues and external partners to advance project goals. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, will report to the Director, Results First.

It is expected that this position is for a term period through December 31, 2015, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities
  • In collaboration with the Director, Results First, oversee the development and production of 50-state reports, case studies, and issue briefs that help advance the evidence-based policy field and engage policy makers and influential stakeholders.
  • Ensure research meets the highest possible standards of data and methodological rigor; maintain adherence to quality control protocols, and continuously improve protocols to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the project’s state policy work and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) cost-benefit tool; identity opportunities to integrate research and policy.
  • Cultivate and maintain knowledge of cost-benefit analysis and related research methodologies and practices; participate in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities as needed.
  • Manage external research partners including those serving on advisory boards and expert review panels.
  • Manage the project’s research staff, fostering team cohesion and providing opportunities for skill building and professional advancement.
  • Represent the project at national and state convenings and in media interviews.
  • Collaborate closely with all Results First staff and other PCS colleagues as needed.

Requirements
  • Advanced degree in economics, public policy, or a related discipline with a significant applied research focus.
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience including managing research projects aimed at informing and advancing effective public policy.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills including design, sampling, measurement and analysis.
  • Extensive knowledge of cost-benefit analysis and evidence-based policymaking and experience analyzing the impacts, costs, and benefits of government policies and programs strongly preferred.
  • Solid knowledge of policy making, ideally at the state level.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations; able to communicate results to gain policy maker attention.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
Compensation

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including four weeks of vacation, a generous 401(k) plan, and flexible benefit options.

Travel

It is anticipated that the Research Manager will undertake some travel, including participating in multi-state convenings and attending professional conferences.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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