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Officer, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (Hybrid)

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC 20001
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Officer, State Policy, Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems (Hybrid)

The Government Performance Portfolio within Program

Pew's government performance work identifies and advances effective approaches to help solve complex challenges at all levels of government in the United States.

The portfolio's work can be traced back to our founders' early efforts to improve the lives of Americans by supporting efforts that promoted health, civic engagement, and democratic ideals. Today, we conduct research on emerging topics, develop data-driven reports, and highlight innovative, non-partisan approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the interplay that can occur between jurisdictions. Current initiatives focus on health, fiscal and economic policy, safety, and justice. In addition, they consider significant trends such as evolving technologies and the increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States population.

Our teams explore and advance effective, evidence-based policies using credible, timely, and accessible research, assessing public support for change, identifying approaches that have proved successful elsewhere, and bringing together diverse perspectives to find common ground. We collaborate with organizations that share our commitment to rigorous research, measurable results, and public service, and we focus on developing durable policy change. In addition, our teams use strategic outreach and dissemination to ensure that good information is widely communicated to decision-makers, media, influential stakeholders, and the public.

Strengthening Public Sector Retirement Systems

Public pension sustainability is one of the most significant fiscal challenges facing states and municipalities today. Our latest research shows state governments have pension debts totaling more than $1 trillion. Although some plans are well-funded, in other places, if changes are not made, retirees, workers, and taxpayers will be left with rising costs and unpaid promises for years to come.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every state and municipality has unique policy preferences and budgetary challenges. Given the high stakes for governments' budgets and workers, policymakers need trusted information and guidance to help them consider possible options, understand what is known about each, then make decisions based on the best available information. This project will work with states and cities to examine their challenges and help policymakers consider data-driven policies that result in sustainable retirement systems while maintaining jurisdictions' ability to recruit and retain skilled workers.

Specifically, the project:
  • Provides highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research, including 50-state reports, to help answer critical questions about which policy actions are most effective at controlling costs, meeting governments' policy goals, and providing workers with retirement security.
  • Provide selected states with customized technical assistance informed by tailored research; and
  • Engage influential stakeholders to build the support necessary to enact reform.
Position Overview

The officer will work in selected jurisdictions where Pew provides customized technical assistance and the support needed to enact reform and perform targeted research in areas critical to both our research and technical assistance work.

The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy, public finance, or a related field, knowledge of public sector retirement and benefit systems, or long-term liabilities management at the state level. The candidate will oversee and manage technical assistance to states and cities engaged with the project and its partners. Candidates should have work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, and extensive writing and presentation skills.

The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, is eligible for up to 60% telework, and it reports to the manager, state policy, strengthening public sector retirement systems. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the program's success, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Oversee and manage intensive technical assistance to states and cities engaged with the project and its partners, including high-quality data and financial analysis, development of evidence-based policy options, and influential policymaker and stakeholder education of proposed policies and practices.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with respected policymakers and stakeholders in the field and seek out potential partnerships to advance the project's agenda and expertise.
  • Work effectively with policymakers and stakeholders to educate on proposed policies and practices, deliver external communications that are factually accurate, and reflect the findings of our analyses in a manner highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media, and policymakers.
  • Work collaboratively across a team of researchers, policy analysts, and communications professionals to ensure all state assistance components are well-coordinated and strategically focused.
  • Conceptualize and develop frameworks sharing research products to support state technical assistance and advocacy efforts.
  • Develop strategies to monitor relevant developments on the state pension and state budgets and identify key emerging trends and engagement opportunities.
  • Attend and present at conferences, trainings, and stakeholder convenings.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks within the department and broader Pew-related projects and activities.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in the public policy arena, particularly working in the state legislative arena. In addition, working knowledge of public sector retirement systems or long-term liabilities management at the state level is desirable.
  • Before commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.

Position will require occasional travel to meetings and/or conferences.

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: 2022-07-18 Expires: 2022-08-19

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