Manager, Broadband Research Initiative
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.
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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.
Pew’s broadband research initiative is housed within the Research and Science unit and led by a project director. The initiative provides research and analysis on broadband deployment and access. Our goals include providing the data and analysis that informs and advances conversations about how to provide reliable, high-speed broadband to communities that lack coverage; and serving as the honest broker between policy, industry, and academic stakeholders.
The initiative produces much-needed data to catalyze the policy discussion on broadband. Expanding broadband access to all corners of the country requires an accurate identification of where expansion is needed, a comprehensive understanding of what solutions work best and under which conditions, and a commitment to achieving this goal. Our initiative aims to fill the relevant data and information gaps, and facilitate a dialogue among stakeholders.
The successful candidate will manage staff and develop and implement the initiative’s research agenda and outreach activities to meet the initiative’s deliverables. This includes contributing to the overall strategic direction as part of the management team; leading a team of researchers and outside experts in producing substantive data analysis; managing staff performance and development; overseeing the initiative’s budget and contracts; and evaluating contract proposals and commissioned work. The manager will be a public spokesperson for the team’s research and contribute subject matter expertise to other projects across the organization as necessary.
The manager will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and will report to the project director. 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.
- Work with the project director and officer to develop and lead a research agenda implemented through a combination of internal original research and research contracts. Research will include, but is not limited to, national assessments, state-specific analyses, and review of private industry and other stakeholder efforts to expand the access and use of broadband, as well as an examination of federal and state broadband spending and policies. Such research may involve developing or collecting original data, creating research databases from existing sources, analysis of existing data sets, and tracking of federal and/or state statutory and regulatory changes and best practices.
- Manage team deliverables and ensure projects are on track to meet interim milestones and final deadlines, reprioritizing and reallocating resources as necessary.
- Ensure work is methodologically sound, accurate, timely, and accessible to key audiences.
- Critically review research methodologies and fact-check materials produced by staff and contractors. Manage the peer review process for initiative deliverables.
- Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of broadband policy discussions and research methodologies and practices. Engage the appropriate individuals internally and externally to stay current on legislative proposals before the Congress and the states and ensure that the research is relevant to the current policy debates and publications are released in time to help inform the debate.
- Maintain a broad knowledge of federal and state budget and tax issues and polices, and demographic and trend data that are relevant to the initiative.
- Work collaboratively within the team and with other Pew staff in leading the production of reports and the organization of convenings and meetings. Coordinate Pew’s internal review of all research deliverables and work through any issues, comments and suggestions for editing and review of those products.
- Work with the project director and officer to develop and execute the initiative’s communications and outreach strategy. Collaborate with communications, government relations, and state strategies departments to prepare materials for target audiences and identify opportunities to engage policy makers and highlight the initiative’s research. Lead the team in formulating and executing outreach plans, fact sheets, press releases, executive summaries, etc.
- Manage the team in developing and executing team-sponsored convenings of stakeholders, experts, and the public—including agenda development, securing speakers and experts, logistics, invitations, etc.
- With the project director and officer, serve as a spokesperson to the media on initiative research, providing interviews for print, television, social media, and radio as opportunities arise.
- Participate in conferences, seminars, and other outreach and professional development activities as appropriate. Build and maintain a network of state and federal economic, fiscal, and subject matter experts for the initiative.
- Manage and mentor project staff. Support researchers in developing their work plans and identifying growth opportunities while ensuring the quality of work conducted. Conduct performance reviews and appraisals and provide on-going feedback to staff.
- Identify opportunities for internal collaboration including participating with colleagues on work related to broadband policy and to the intersection of state and federal policies.
- Manage relevant contracts. Identify appropriate researchers, experts, and organizations for contracts, working closely with them to conceptualize and design research that answers key questions; evaluate proposals and execute contracts; and monitor progress to ensure products are high quality, use rigorous analysis, meet the contract's objectives, and are delivered on time and within budget.
- Monitor and track initiative budget and ensure that the initiative stays within its allocation, including working with colleagues in the initiative to identify areas for collaboration and cost-sharing.
- Work with project director on fundraising and partnership opportunities, strategic planning, and development of new research proposals.
- Contribute to and participate in activities and tasks within the Research and Science Unit and Pew-wide projects as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in a relevant field such as public policy, economics, or business preferred.
- Minimum of eight years prior experience of relevant experience in public policy. Experience in analysis related to federal and state fiscal, budget, tax, or broadband policy strongly preferred. Experience in federal and/or state government preferred.
- Minimum of 2 years of supervisory/management experience including experience managing performance, providing feedback and mentoring through career development advice and counsel.
- Familiarity with economic and fiscal data (including federal and state budget, tax, or regulatory data) related to broadband policy. Knowledge of a range of budget and economic concepts. Familiarity with statutory and regulatory processes and analysis.
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills. Excellent spreadsheet skills.
- Demonstrated ability to design and manage a research agenda and to ensure rigorous, policy-relevant, and timely results consistent with Pew’s mission and guidelines.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy; to set short-and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities and institutional procedures; and meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Specifically, design and implement systems to track research deadlines, budgets, staff performance, and contracts, to ensure the smooth functioning of the team and adherence to Pew guidelines.
- Strong political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach.
- Familiarity with strategic planning as well as working with funders, including writing proposals.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize issues and research findings clearly and effectively and translating complex concepts for a policymaking audience. Ability to write quickly and succinctly as well as to revise and edit based on input from a range of reviewers.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with internal colleagues across a range of departments and staff levels and external consultants and partners. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions. Excellent listening skills.
- Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues.
- Proven ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
- Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.