Associate I, Research Review and Support

The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, District of Columbia
Job Type Paid permanent


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.

The Research and Science Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
The research and science portfolio includes both programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, fiscal federalism, and Philadelphia public policy research. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization. The portfolio also includes an operational aspect working to ensure effective management systems across the program department and coordinating with key partners across the institution.

Position Overview

Pew is seeking an Associate I, Research Review and Support based in its Washington, DC, office, to serve in a crosscutting role across the different project areas within the program unit, assisting in data collection and analysis in the early phases of project research and quality control in the latter. The Associate I is deployed and supervised by senior-level research review staff, in coordination with project-area directors and managers. The position also helps with background research to determine new project areas.


• Under direction of senior research staff, assist with research efforts that support particular project teams and crosscutting efforts within program.
• Research work will include managing datasets, reviewing code, and/or using research software to process and analyze data, producing literature reviews, and composing draft tables, charts, and write-ups for our research products.
• More advanced work may include using raw datasets and code in STATA, SPSS, and R to replicate complicated statistical results and evaluating the quality of data and methodological choices made by contract researchers.
• Assist in reviewing methodologies and other strategies proposed by project teams in the early stages of research, and in checking data and calculations in the final stages before publication.


• Bachelor’s degree required. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public policy and an educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field.
• At least one year of relevant work experience required.
• Strong computer skills and experience. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as Excel, SPSS, STATA, and other statistical/econometric packages.
• Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
• Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally.
• Ability to be responsive to the direction of research managers/supervisors while working with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
• Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
• Must be detail-oriented.

Travel is not anticipated for this position.

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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