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Associate I, Research Review and Support
Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC
Date Posted 09/01/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Associate I, Research Review and Support


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

Pew's Research and Science portfolio supports and produces rigorous, relevant, and objective research and reporting which is fundamental to the success of the organization and to stakeholders and decisionmakers around the world. The portfolio works with teams across the institution to help ensure all Pew's research is methodologically sound, accurate, and high-quality and serves as a centralized hub within Pew for specialized research and technical skills. Research and Science manages Pew's scientific grant and fellows programs which support innovative biomedical research and marine science, and oversees projects that provide valuable research and information to decision-makers and the public, support a culture of evidence, and build bridges between researchers and stakeholders.

Research Review and Support

Research review and support (RRS) facilitates the research process across all Pew programs and projects. Staff help ensure the integrity and quality of all research outputs, including reports, surveys and polls, literature reviews, and data collection and analysis. This work involves taking a research concept from initial hypothesis and proposal through post-analysis data checks, fact checking, and peer review. RRS advises project teams on the best methodological or analytical approaches, datasets and, if appropriate, external vendors to achieve desired outcomes. RRS staff also provides direct research assistance, most commonly data collection and literature reviews, as required.

Finally, RRS fosters a Pew research community that leverages and builds staff expertise, tools and capacity across project teams and on a wide range of topics and disciplines. On behalf of projects, RRS coordinates with other Pew divisions and departments involved in the research process. The aim is to help ensure excellent, unimpeachable research outputs that significantly impact major policy changes at the federal, state, local, and international levels.

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 Pew's research areas - including health and human services, safety and justice, fiscal and economic policy, domestic and international environmental policy, and Pew's home town of Philadelphia - 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 directors and managers. The position also helps with background research to determine new project areas. The position reports to the Manager, Research Review and Support.


  • Use raw datasets and code in STATA, SPSS, R, and Python to replicate complicated statistical results and evaluate the quality of data and methodological choices made by researchers.
  • Provide research assistance, including managing datasets, reviewing statistical and computer code, and using research software to process and analyze data; producing literature reviews; and composing draft tables, charts, interactives, maps, and write-ups for our research products.
  • 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.
  • Under direction of senior research staff, assist with research efforts that support project teams and crosscutting efforts within program.


  • Bachelor's degree required. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public policy and an educational background in statistics/mathematics, computer science, economics, political science, international relations/development, public policy, or another social science field.
  • At least one year of relevant work experience required.
  • Strong data analytic and computer skills and experience required. Experience handling large datasets and models preferred. Experience with software such as R, Excel, SPSS, STATA, Python, Tableau, GIS, and other statistical/econometric packages.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, search, 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.

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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