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Senior Associate, Policy, Mental Health & Justice Partnerships (Hybrid)
Senior Associate, Policy, Mental Health & Justice Partnerships (Hybrid)
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, 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.
Mental Health and Justice Partnerships
On any given day in the United States, there are far more people with serious mental health needs in jails than there are in mental health facilities. Building on the momentum that exists in the field to address this issue and Pew’s history of working on criminal justice and behavioral health issues, Pew launched the mental health and justice initiative to connect stakeholders, establish models for reform, and improve the capacity of states and county governments to implement comprehensive alternatives to decrease the use of law enforcement, jails, and emergency rooms as the response for people experiencing an acute mental health crisis. This project envisions a continuum of services that ensures people with mental health and substance abuse needs are connected to treatment and engaged in recovery. This initiative will combine intensive state and national engagements to provide data-driven policy considerations, technical assistance, and design funding strategies, together with policymakers, philanthropy, and other stakeholders to implement promising practices across the county.
The senior associate, policy, mental health & justice partnerships supports Pew’s efforts to help decision-makers and influential stakeholders nationally address key policy challenges by providing them with relevant data and research and bringing to bear national expertise and examples of policy reforms that have been successful in other cities.
The ideal candidate has a strong policy background with experience in mental health or related fields. The candidate should be knowledgeable about state policy and political landscape and have the proven ability to facilitate policy conversations and discussions about research with key decision-makers. In addition, the successful candidate communicates and works effectively with diverse individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Finally, the candidate should be able to work with relevant research and policy teams throughout Pew, synthesize data and existing research, and participate in conceiving and drafting original materials for internal and external consumption.
The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, is eligible for up to 60% telework and reports to the project director, mental health and justice. 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.
- Coordinate the design and implementation of a policy framework, tools to engage policy research, conceptualize technical assistance models, and analysis on critical issues surrounding effective emergency response systems identifying policy examples from a range of jurisdictions that have successfully increased the number of people who have been able to access clinically-based care after a behavioral health emergency.
- Act as point of contact for the project on Pew research, best practices, and policies in public forums, speaking engagements, task forces, and working groups.
- Collaborate with Pew’s operating units to identify the research, national experts, and materials needed to support behavioral health emergency response programs across the country.
- Represent the project and Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations that convey research findings to key audiences.
- Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of behavioral health issues that are priorities of the project, such as policy changes including protocols, training, and other standards—to enable improvements to behavioral health-related calls to emergency call centers and dispatched response teams.
- Synthesize research to identify emerging trends, best practices, opportunities and challenges, and compelling examples that highlight behavioral health emergency responses that assess disparities in response type for disadvantaged populations and communities of color.
- Collaborate with cross-cutting teams and leadership to ensure robust, evidence-based clinical research methodologies and practices.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, an advanced degree in public policy, with a particular focus on mental health, criminal justice, or another relevant field preferred.
- A minimum of four years of applicable experience in public policy and/or experience with national and state technical assistance.
- Demonstrated time and project management skills, including the ability to think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to details.
- Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including synthesizing and summarizing large amounts of information and focusing quickly on the essence of an issue.
- Ability to express ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing style and aptitude for creating data visualizations are preferred.
- Good judgment with the capacity to make difficult choices, justify recommendations, and provide constructive feedback to colleagues and partners.
- Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders, including community-based nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and other potential partners for the program.
- Ability to work collegially within a creative, action-oriented environment that emphasizes diversity, excellence, and teamwork.
This position may require travel for meetings and conferences.
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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Job posted: 2022-07-26