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Job Title: Senior Health Policy Researcher
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Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Posted: 11/11/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Washington,  DC   
Position Description: Overview

Full Job Title: Officer, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative 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 today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, 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 philanthropic 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 investments 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 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 approaches in addressing complex problems at the federal, state, and local levels. Current initiatives focus on health and human services, government management and budget, family economic stability, and safety and justice.

Our teams explore and advance effective policy reforms 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. 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.

Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative The substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The project does this by providing direct technical assistance to states on how to improve access to evidence-based, high- quality treatment for people with substance use disorders and implement other strategies to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Additionally, the project highlights and disseminates innovative community-based strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Finally, the project conducts advocacy in Washington, DC, to achieve its programmatic objectives.

To inform this work, the project conducts and publishes research and other information on evidence-based and emerging practices and maintains relationships with external experts and other stakeholders. The team comes from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with policy, advocacy, and research experience. Position Overview The officer, based in Pew's Washington, DC office and reporting to the manager, policy and analysis, conducts research and analysis and provides technical assistance in states to support the policy and programmatic objectives of the substance use prevention and treatment initiative. The work includes leading the development of Pew-branded publications; serving as the subject matter expert and lead for state engagements; generating analyses to support state and federal policy efforts; creating resources for policy makers; and developing issue area expertise on priority topics in the substance use field. The ideal candidate has expertise on local, state, or federal programs and policies related to substance use disorder prevention and treatment. The officer develops and executes research plans, prepares fact sheets, issue briefs and journal articles, and represents the project at conferences and public meetings. The officer works closely with the policy and analysis team, as well as communications, government relations, and state technical assistance staff. 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.


• In collaboration with the manager for policy and analysis, design and execute research and analysis on issues related to substance use prevention and treatment. • Develop written products, including fact sheets, issue briefs, and reports. • Maintain a broad knowledge of substance use policy and keep abreast of evolving research on substance use prevention, treatment and harm reduction interventions; develop deep expertise and serve as a resource to project staff on priority topics. • Conduct systematic reviews of publications in peer-reviewed journals and the gray literature. • Assist in the identification of novel policy options in substance use prevention, treatment, or harm reduction. • Interact with and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the substance use research and policy community. • Attend and represent the initiative at conferences, convenings and serve as spokesperson to media. • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.

Qualifications: Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in public health, public policy, social work, economics, law or similar field is preferred. • At least eight years of applicable research and policy work in the public health or behavioral health fields. • Prior to 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. • Demonstrated proficiency analyzing and presenting complex information, including the ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policymakers, the media, and the public. • Demonstrated experience conducting health policy research and analysis, including using qualitative methods is required. Use of or familiarity with surveys and quantitative methods preferred but not required. • Demonstrated experience developing and writing research and policy products that synthesize large amounts of information with identified themes is required. • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives. • Demonstrated time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details. • Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and partners. • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork. Travel Moderate overnight travel as required for state engagements, 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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Closing Date: 2/11/2020
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Contact Name: Kathleen Larkin,  Senior Health Policy Researcher
Contact Location: 2005 Market Street
Suite 1700
Philadelphia   PA  19103
Contact Location: 2005 Market Street
  Suite 1700
  Philadelphia   PA  19103
Contact Phone: 215-575-9050 
Contact Fax: 215-575-5759
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