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Associate I, Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Pew Charitable Trusts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

The purpose of the Philadelphia research and policy initiative (PRPI) is to enable policymakers to identify and enact policies and practices that improve city government and the well-being of the city's residents by conducting rigorous research regarding important challenges and trends facing Philadelphia. Central to this policy work is the production of timely, well-documented reports on these issues for the benefit of policymakers, the news media and the public at large.

Working directly with stakeholders, the initiative conducts in-depth research, looking beyond the city and region for relevant information from comparable locales. Our approach includes: (1) researching important policy topics and solutions; (2) analyzing administrative, demographic and polling data to benchmark progress; (3) holding policy-oriented convenings; (4) engaging extensively with policymakers and influential stakeholders before and after convenings to increase the impact of our work and consider promising solutions; and (5) making direct policy recommendations.

Examples of the initiative's work are available at www.pewtrusts.org/philaresearch.

Position Overview

The associate I reports to the senior manager (policy), Philadelphia research and policy initiative, and is based in Pew's Philadelphia office. The associate's job is to help design, implement, and refine key policy team activities, which range from convenings linking Pew research to policy solutions to periodic conversations with policymakers and their staff members to technical assistance agreements with city agencies. Prior knowledge about one or more of the issues PRPI focuses on, familiarity with local government and policymaking, and/or experience with community-based organizations are desirable.

The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and with lived experience related to the issues PRPI works on are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Coordinate the planning, project management, stakeholder engagement, government relations compliance, and post-event reporting for PRPI-hosted convenings.
  • Lead PRPI's use of Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) platform, including ensuring timely data entry and updating; tracking of projects, program impact, and relevant legislation; and systems management. Drive continuous improvement in team's use of Salesforce.
  • Build and sustain relationships with city council members and city staff, as well as nonprofit, business sector, and civic sector stakeholders to both stay current on their priorities and increase their awareness of and input into Pew's work.
  • Build relationships with new stakeholders the team has not yet identified or engaged with to strengthen and broaden PRPI's research and policy recommendations.
  • Help ensure that PRPI's policy work considers racial disparities and is informed by broad, deep, and diverse knowledge networks.
  • Develop and maintain broad knowledge of key issues facing Philadelphia, local political and policy context, and promising practices. Identify policy engagement opportunities and key updates to share internally and externally.
  • Conceptualize, research, and draft content for outreach to external audiences, including city government, civic leadership, and other policy stakeholders.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least one year of prior full-time work experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, issues of importance to policymakers in Philadelphia.
  • Ability to think strategically, collaboratively, and creatively, and adjust to changing circumstances.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high-level of organization and to move complex projects forward while working collegially.
  • Strong communication skills, excellent listening skills, and experience effectively communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally with diverse audiences.
  • Experience with Salesforce CRM preferred.
  • Ability to thrive and grow in a work culture that emphasizes teamwork and excellence.
  • This role requires frequent contact with City Council and periodic contact with various City of Philadelphia agencies and departments. Current City of Philadelphia employees should consult with the City's Ethics Board about any relevant post-employment restrictions that may limit their ability to perform key job functions.

This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences, as well as travel to The Pew Charitable Trusts office in Washington, D.C. (consistent with COVID-19 safety protocols)

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.


Posted: 2021-09-17 Expires: 2021-10-19

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