Qualified candidates for the Senior Associate role will have an understanding of urban fiscal policy and the ability to understand the municipal budget documents and decision making processes. This research team member will be engaged in Pew’s efforts to analyze the impact of policy on local government operations, business health, and the financial well-being of residents across racial and socioeconomic groups. Candidates reflecting the diverse cultures and experiences of Philadelphia residents are strongly encouraged to apply. Application period ends July 27th!

The senior associate reports to the manager, Philadelphia research and policy initiative and is based in Pew’s Philadelphia office and is eligible for up to 60% telework. Occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences as required, as well as travel to The Pew Charitable Trusts office in Washington, D.C.


  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in one or more issue area. Monitor and identify emerging urban policy issues that are relevant to Philadelphia.
  • Identify and gather data for analysis using research tools such as Excel, R, Stata, ArcMap, Tableau, SQL, SPSS, Python to compose tables, charts, maps, data visualizations and public facing reports.
  • Under direction of the initiative’s senior staff, conduct background research on issues, 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.
  • In conjunction with issue area leads, organize, and write reports, briefs, and web analyses. When appropriate, take the lead on producing issue briefs and shorter research products.
  • Support management of contracts with outside research 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.
  • 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.
    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 or education in public policy, data science, economics, computer science, statistics/mathematics, urban planning, or another social science field preferred.
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues affecting Philadelphia specifically and cities in general is preferred.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to view an issue or question in terms of both the standard and untapped data that may illustrate or shed light on it.
  • Strong research skills, including a proven facility with quantitative data. Familiarity with public and proprietary datasets. Ability to develop insights from microdata and large datasets using statistical or geospatial analysis tools (R, SPSS, Stata, SAS, or ArcMap), 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.
  • Good communication skills including written and oral presentations.
    Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally with diverse audiences.

About The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative seeks to inform discussions on important issues facing the city and the region and to provide policymakers and other decision-makers with data, analysis, and examples of promising practices that may help them address key challenges.
We regularly release reports that often offer comparisons with other major U.S. cities, and we conduct polling to determine Philadelphians’ views on policy issues, elected officials, and various aspects of life in the city.

We also combine our local capacity with our state- and national-level expertise to convene city and regional stakeholders with experts and officials from around the country to discuss effective, evidence-based solutions being implemented in other jurisdictions and the impacts of those reforms.