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Senior Associate, Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Pew Charitable Trusts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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The Philadelphia Program

Through the Philadelphia Program, Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region's most vulnerable residents, informing discussion on important issues facing the city, and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia's appeal to visitors and residents alike.

Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

The purpose of the Philadelphia research and policy initiative 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; and (4) engaging extensively with policymakers and influential stakeholders before and after convenings to increase the impact of our work and consider promising solutions.

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

Position Overview

The senior associate reports to the manager, Philadelphia research and policy initiative and is based in Pew's Philadelphia office. The senior associate's job is to help conceptualize, design and complete research and analysis on key issues affecting the city of Philadelphia. A research background, expertise on issues that are important to Philadelphia and/or strong writing skills 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.


  • Under direction of the initiative's senior staff, conduct general background research, including literature reviews and media scans. Perform first-level analysis of data, and compile and maintain datasets from various sources that may be used in research projects
  • Help senior staff organize and write reports, briefs, and web analyses. When appropriate, take the lead on producing shorter pieces.
  • Monitor and identify emerging urban policy issues that are relevant to Philadelphia.
  • Proactively identify new or unexplored datasets that may reveal fresh angles or insights. Help catalog, index, and preserve the initiative's data holdings, with the goal of keeping them accessible and current for ongoing tracking of issues.
  • Working with the initiative's staff, draft internal documentation of projects. Support management of contracts with outside providers or consultants, as needed.
  • Help organize events that facilitate discussion of issues facing the city, sometimes working with outside partners, in order to engage policymakers and bring attention to Pew's work. Assist in efforts to maintain contact with policymakers to ascertain their priorities and to increase their awareness of and input into Pew's work.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities to keep current on a broad range of urban policy issues.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of applicable experience in urban or public health policy, the public sector, university research, private research services, or data management and analysis preferred.
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues affecting Philadelphia specifically and cities in general is preferred.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills are required; ability to creativity view an issue or question in terms of the hard data that may illustrate or shed light on it is a plus.
  • Familiarity with public and proprietary datasets preferred.
  • Strong research skills, including a proven facility with quantitative data. Ability to work with statistical or geospatial analysis tools (R, SPSS, Stata, SAS, or ArcMap), and online research applications is a plus.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high-level of organization. Capacity to use these skills proactively to move complex projects forward while working collegially toward project goals.
  • Strong communication skills including written and oral presentations.
  • Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally with diverse audiences.

This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences, as well as travel to The Pew Charitable Trusts office in Washington, D.C.

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: 2021-09-03 Expires: 2021-10-05

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