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Senior Associate, Public Safety Performance Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Job Location: Washington


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today's big challenges and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding. Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation. The Government Performance Portfolio within ProgramPew'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, and safety and justice, and take into account 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 work in collaboration 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. Public Safety Performance Project The public safety performance project was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps policymakers advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in criminal and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control costs. For more information about this project, visit Position Overview The senior associate will assist states interested in reducing the size of their community supervision system and improving the effectiveness of probation and parole, while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to a manager, public safety performance project. 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.


  • Reporting to a manager, PSPP and in consultation with colleagues across PSPP and Pew, the position will help:
  • Provide high-quality data analysis of state-level corrections and court data collection and synthesize data from multiple sources. This includes preparing data for analysis and working with state partners to ensure the use of common definitions and accuracy in analysis and interpretation. Typical investigations include: drivers of the prison population and community supervision systems; trends in admissions to prison and releases from prison; and, major trends impacting the size of the correctional supervision populations such as rates of technical violations of supervision, length of stay, recidivism, and successful completions.
  • Assist with the design of data collection instruments, protocols and processes for working with state and national corrections and court data.
  • Develop a framework for other forms of data collection when the needed information is not in a database. For example, creating a file review process, survey development, and more.
  • Produce simulations of policy impacts on correctional populations. This includes collaborating with colleagues and contracted partners to develop a model for forecasting prison/facility populations, community supervision populations, and estimating the impact of specific policy interventions on those populations.
  • Prepare reports and deliver presentations for state policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders about the drivers of the state community supervision population and the impact of policy interventions.
  • Participate in meetings with state and federal leaders from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches and being able to communicate analyses in an effective and precise manner.
  • Support coordination of a state effort that includes collaboration with other PSPP external partners, national and state-based stakeholder organizations, and consultants.
  • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging research and polices surrounding community supervision, its scale and consequences, as well as sentencing and corrections issues through monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of applicable experience in criminal or juvenile justice research, and data and policy analysis, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: probation/parole, courts, law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, or criminal defense. Experience working with policymakers, criminal or juvenile justice officials, probation/parole agencies, behavioral health, and criminologists strongly preferred.
  • Strong quantitative skills with experience in statistical and economic modeling. Experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Simul8 and/or STATA also preferred.
  • Strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely and in a compelling way, both written and orally. A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
  • Strong project management skills that include: outstanding organizational and time management skills, the ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously, attention to details, and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines while moving projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Superior ability to work with people and in a team environment.
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
TravelThis position requires occasional domestic travel to meetings and 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.


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