Senior Associate, Health Impact Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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The Organization

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 improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. Based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Pew produces fact-based research and develops practical solutions to challenging issues.

The Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT). The project is designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a way to informed decisions on policies, programs and projects outside the health sector at the local, state, tribal and federal level. HIAs are used to identify the likely impacts of these decisions and help policy makers avoid unintended risks, reduce unnecessary costs and leverage opportunities to improve the health of their communities.

Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, will report to the director of the Health Impact Project. The senior associate will be responsible for conducting and drafting health impact assessments of at least one federal-level decision, and will conduct or oversee the activities of contractors in the conduct of several additional HIAs of decisions at the tribal, state or municipal level. The senior associate will be responsible for all aspects of the health impact assessment process, including conducting the required research; identifying, vetting and assembling an appropriate team of consultants; engaging stakeholders; outreach to policy makers, including state and federal agencies; and other activities as the need arises. The senior associate will also work with the director and communications officer to synthesize data on the conduct and outcomes of HIA in order to build a compelling case for their use and to present these data to policy makers, private sector stakeholders and other audiences.

The senior associate will also help design and implement research and analysis efforts for the Health Impact Project, coordinate convenings, manage special projects and support other programmatic investments. The senior associate may also undertake special projects and/or new initiatives. It is expected that this position is for a term period through February 28, 2015, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities
  • Under the direction of the director, conduct and draft a health impact assessment of a federal-level policy selected by the Health Impact Project, engage stakeholders and decision-makers at each step of the HIA process, develop and carry out effective dissemination plans for the HIA findings and recommendations.
  • Conduct research, stakeholder engagement, literature review, data analysis, GIS mapping, and statistical modeling as needed to carry out high-quality HIAs.
  • Oversee all aspects of the report review and production process, in coordination with the director and communications officer, to ensure timely dissemination of HIA findings to decision-makers and other stakeholders.
  • Identify, vet, and select appropriate contractors to conduct HIAs or to address specific research questions germane to an HIA and manage all aspects of contractor activity.
  • Collect and analyze data regarding HIA outcomes in order to build a compelling case for their use in sectors and decisions where HIAs appear likely to add value. Present the results of this research to policy makers in agencies, legislatures and Congressional staff offices, as well as media, potential allies and others in order to build awareness of the field.
  • Oversee and contribute to other research needs that may arise in the course of the activities of the Health Impact Project.
  • Assist program staff in developing and processing contracts and sub grants.
  • Contribute to content for newsletters, mailings and other communications vehicles designed to ensure that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and PHG as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.

Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in public health or a related field preferred.
  • Experience conducting health impact assessments.
  • A minimum of four years of relevant professional experience, including excellent research, analytical and writing skills; experience in participating in or leading multi-disciplinary teams and synthesizing reports based on research from several disciplines. Ability to conduct a robust, systematic review of public health literature.
  • Strong research and analytic skills in epidemiology, GIS mapping, or statistical modeling.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including
    • Experience engaging stakeholders—including policy makers, community members and others—in scientific and policy contexts.
    • Operating effectively within diverse political and policy environments and addressing conflicting policy perspectives in a way that maximizes programmatic objectives. Writing clear and cogent materials that effectively translate scientific information and policy issues for policy makers, community members, the media and other audiences.
  • Experience synthesizing and summarizing large amounts of information, focusing quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as identifying, understanding and proposing solutions that address different policy perspectives.
  • Strong systems skills including Microsoft office products required; database and online research applications preferred.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including development and timely completion of work plans for complex, long-term projects; and maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.
Travel

It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel within the U.S.

Compensation

Pew offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including four weeks of vacation annually, a generous 401(k) plan and flexible benefit options.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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