Officer, 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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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 officer will work with the initiative’s manager and project director to develop and implement the initiative’s research agenda exploring issues related to broadband adoption and use consistent with the strategic plan and deliverables. This includes conducting independent research as well as guiding the research of the entire team. The officer will author and co-author research papers and issue briefs; provide leadership and guidance for and critically review all initiative research products, including developing methodologies, overseeing peer review, etc.; oversee contracts; help implement the initiative’s communications and outreach strategy. The officer will be will be a public spokesperson for the team’s research and contribute subject matter expertise to other projects across the organization as necessary.
The officer will be based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office and will report to the manager. 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 manager and project director 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.
- Based on the initiative’s goals, create and maintain a prioritized list of research projects and design a research agenda with timelines and strategies to achieve the goals.
- Execute the research including authoring, co-authoring, and/or guiding major research reports and issue briefs and/or contracting with experts.
- Cultivate and maintain a broad knowledge of relevant public policy discussions and research methodologies and practices. Be aware of relevant governmental and private sector developments in the field through systematic literature reviews, original research and policy analysis of emerging issues, including staying current on legislative proposals before Congress and administrative and regulatory actions by the Executive.
- Identify and explore additional research, presentation, and partnership opportunities that will further illuminate the topic for key audiences and fit strategically into the overall portfolio.
- Ensure work is methodologically sound, accurate, timely, and accessible to key audiences.
- Critically review research methodologies and fact-check materials produced by team members and contractors. Manage the external peer review process and internal review process for initiative deliverables.
- Ensure that all products and presentations are clear, accessible, and compelling for a policymaker and public audience and maintain the academic rigor for an audience of experts.
- 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 manager 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.
- Help build and maintain a network of federal, state, local governments as well as private sector experts and stakeholders for the initiative.
- Support the team in developing and executing team-sponsored convenings of stakeholders, experts, and the public—including agenda development, conducting background research, securing speakers and experts, etc.
- With the project director and manager, serve as a spokesperson to the media on the initiative’s 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. Help build and maintain a network of state and federal economic, fiscal, and subject matter experts for the initiative.
- Identify appropriate researchers and experts for research contracts; evaluate proposals for research contracts; 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.
- Participate with Pew colleagues on work related to broadband policy and to the intersection of state and federal policies.
- Work with management on development of new research proposals, particularly with regard to this line of work.
- 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 with a significant research focus in public policy, public administration, economics, or relevant field preferred.
- Minimum of eight years of specialized or directly applicable experience in broadband issues is required. Experience in analysis related to federal and/or state revenue, spending, or legislative and regulatory policy as applied to broadband strongly preferred. Experience at federal and/or state levels a plus.
- Extensive experience designing and conducting research projects aimed at informing telecommunications policy is required.
- Strong research, analytical and quantitative skills. Familiarity with statutory and regulatory process and analysis. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel; familiarity with at least one data analysis and visualization program preferred (e.g., Tableau, Stata, R).
- Strong political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach.
- Demonstrated ability to manage research undertaken by contracted experts based at universities, nonprofits, think tanks, and other entities to ensure rigorous, policy-relevant, and timely results.
- 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 and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
- Ability to meet both individual and team goals in a professional and timely manner.
- Proven ability to operate as a team player, think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, meet multiple deadlines while remaining attentive to details, and support others to do the same.
- Ability to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork.