Manager, State Data, Public Safety Performance Project
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Pew Center on the States

The Pew Center on the States (PCS) is a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts that identifies and advances effective solutions to critical issues facing states. Pew is a nonprofit organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

The Pew Center on the States grew from the recognition that America’s success and prosperity depends upon the strength of the states. Our purpose is to help build high-performing states that work efficiently and effectively to deliver better results, achieve long-term fiscal health through budget discipline and make smart investments in programs that provide the strongest returns.

We take an in-depth, nonpartisan approach to track and report on what happens across the 50 states and the District of Columbia—using evidence to determine which policies work and which do not. When the facts are clear, Pew and our partners advocate for practical reforms, including policies that affect states, in areas such as elections, corrections, children’s dental health, government performance, public sector retirement systems, economic financial security and states’ health care costs.

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

Project Description

The Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of the Pew Center on the States. The project helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. In 2012, PSPP expanded its portfolio to include work in the juvenile corrections system. For more information about this project, visit

Position Overview

The Trusts is seeking to hire a project manager to supervise and conduct analyses of criminal and juvenile justice data in support of the Public Safety Performance Project’s state assistance efforts. This newly created position is located in Washington, D.C. and reports to the PSPP Research Director. It is expected that this position is for a term period through June 30, 2014, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

  • Design data collection instruments, protocols and processes for working with state and national corrections and court data.
  • Manage and conduct state-level corrections and court data collection and analysis, and synthesizing data from multiple sources.
  • Manage and conduct descriptive analyses of state corrections and court data. This includes preparing data for analysis and working with state partners to ensure the use of common definitions and accuracy in analysis and interpretation. Typical investigations include drivers of the prison population, trends in admissions and releases to prison and correctional supervision, rates of technical violations of supervision, length of stay and recidivism.
  • Work with project policy staff to identify correctional population drivers and assist in the development of potential policy options for state officials.
  • Produce simulations of policy impacts on state correctional populations. This includes developing a model for forecasting prison populations and estimating the impact of specific policy interventions.
  • Prepare reports and deliver presentations for state policy makers, practitioners and stakeholders about the drivers of the state correctional population and the impact of policy interventions.
  • Manage data collection and analysis for assessment of prospective states for intensive technical assistance.
  • Ensure that all data, reports, presentations and other materials adhere to the highest level of methodological rigor and have been verified in consultation with state officials.
  • Review documents for PSPP staff engaged in state technical assistance for content and accuracy.
  • Supervise at least one research staff member, fostering team cohesion and providing opportunities for skill building and professional advancement.
  • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between the project and external and internal partners, including the Pew Results First initiative.
  • Cultivate productive relationships and communication with a wide range of constituencies interested in state criminal and justice corrections reform and states’ fiscal health, including state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and advocates.

  • At least eight years’ experience in criminal justice research and policy analysis, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas sentencing, community corrections, prisons, courts, law enforcement, prosecution or criminal defense. Experience working with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other justice system stakeholders is strongly preferred.
  • Strong quantitative skills with experience in statistical and econometric modeling.
  • Experience using data and analysis to develop legislative or administrative policy initiatives.
  • Experience working with state adult and/or juvenile sentencing and correctional data (courts, probation, prison and parole).
  • Experience developing rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media and the public.
  • Strong presentation skills, including construction of clean and compelling graphics and dynamic and engaging delivery style.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree in public policy or other relevant field is strongly preferred. Experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Simul8 and/or STATA also preferred.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.

Approximately once or twice per month to states where the project is providing assistance.


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

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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