Coordinator, State Fiscal Health

Posted by: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Washington, DC, US

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 public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.

Project Descriptions:

The state fiscal health project is a three-year initiative to help state policymakers adopt policies and practices designed to improve their long-term fiscal health and economic growth.

The project has three primary objectives: (1) provide highly credible, independent, and nonpartisan research that helps lawmakers understand states’ fiscal and economic challenges and how to address them; (2) engage and educate critical constituencies that influence policy decisions; and (3) provide selected states with customized research and technical assistance.

Position Overview:

The Coordinator, located in Washington, D.C., will support the state fiscal health project, approximately 40 staff. As part of this team, the Coordinator will be responsible for conducting background research, assisting with communications, providing government relations support, legislative monitoring, administrative support, and utilizing the projects’ constituent relationship management tool. It is expected that this position is for a term period through March 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

  • Perform administrative duties, including but not limited to: processing business expense reports, check requests, and invoices; calendar management; and general office support as needed.
  • Actively enter and manage records in the institution’s constituent relationship management tool, Salesforce, for the project’s multiple outreach and research objectives, and oversee the administration of content.
  • Draft letters and memos for routine correspondence. Maintain and improve hard copy and electronic filing systems for the projects, file and retrieve documents promptly, and anticipate informational needs of the staff in order to provide background information and assemble materials for meetings.
  • Assist with the coordination of internal and external event planning, as needed.
  • Work with director of state and local policy to track relevant fiscal and economic legislative and policy developments across states.
  • Prepare relevant background information on policymakers, staff, and elected officials as requested.
  • Provide support in the dissemination of research and publications from the projects’ and/or its partners.
  • Monitor news outlets and social media engagements on topics relevant to the projects, providing occasional summaries to project teams.
  • Work with senior staff to assure that the projects are in strict compliance with all federal, state, and local lobbying and ethics laws.


  • Associate’s degree required; bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience or relevant internships in the public policy arena.
  • Strong initiative. Ability to anticipate needs and be proactive. Self-disciplined to meet deadlines and strong work ethic. Demonstrated experience in scheduling meetings and making complex travel arrangements.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint-based collaboration spaces, Outlook, Salesforce, and PeopleSoft preferred.
  • Understanding of state fiscal or economic development policy preferred. Experience working or internships on these issues in a state legislative office, or a related agency is highly preferred.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities; adjust to changing circumstances; organize time efficiently; remain attentive to details; and identify resources for projects.
  • Experience with Salesforce or other constituent relationship management tool a plus.
  • Experience with social media platforms preferred.
  • Keen attention to detail. Monitors and double checks work and information for accuracy and quality.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.


It is not anticipated that this position will include travel.

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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