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Officer, Communications

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC 20004
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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 some of today's big challenges and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., 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 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 initiatives 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 Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences, and protect and advance Pew's reputation. The department provides a comprehensive range of communications services for all programmatic and administrative units and Trusts-operated projects. Our in-house expertise includes: strategy and message development; editorial support; design and creative services; media event planning; digital and video production; and social media. The unit oversees all communications policies, guidelines, and processes in order to ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew's resources.

Position Overview
This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, reports to the director, communications. He/she develops and implements a communications strategy supporting Pew's environmental science portfolio.


Communications Strategy

  • Designs comprehensive communications strategies and campaigns that advance Pew's research, analysis and other work, in collaboration with program staff; leads and directs that strategy with the communications and project team.
  • Develops key messaging and advises project leaders on strategy.
  • Helps manage working relationships with internal partners to ensure highest degree of quality of service delivery and standards for the unit.
  • Works with external partner organizations and institutions to develop messages and materials to support project goals.

Media Relations

  • Manages the creation, development and implementation of effective media strategies and campaigns that contribute to a well-defined media presence for Pew science projects.
  • Generates positive media coverage in new and creative ways; manages overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, and other stakeholder communities.
  • Actively monitors, tracks and circulates relevant media coverage.
  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with Pew's editorial desk, such as press releases, pitch memos, editorial board memos, op-eds and letters to the editor.

Publications, Writing, Web & Multi-Media Communications

  • Writes and edits communications materials such as newsletters, communications toolkits, fact sheets, articles, policy briefs, brochures and other communications materials for public dissemination.
  • Working with digital team members, develops, writes and edits materials for the web and assists in developing and executing digital strategy that optimizes usage of online tools.
  • Works in collaboration with digital, multi-media and graphic design staff to develop materials such as videos, infographics and maps to achieve project goals.


  • Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through newsletters, mailings and other vehicles for direct communications.
  • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of relevant topics of interest, to effectively carry out all of the activities listed above and participates in special projects.
  • Contributes to and participates in communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in public affairs, public policy or science journalism a plus.
  • At least eight years of direct experience in positions with communications responsibilities, with considerable experience as a media relations and strategic communications professional required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in science communications and communications planning.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills. Proven experience drafting content for the web and media materials and other public documents including press releases, fact sheets and op-eds.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize detailed scientific and technical information and to focus quickly on the essence of research findings, as well as ability to identify ways to visually tell complicated science stories.
  • Confidence in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Strong systems skills, including use of Microsoft office products, required.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that demands excellence and emphasizes teamwork.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate the needs of others into work process and product and to manage relationships to produce high-level results.
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships within and external to Pew to assemble networks that facilitate positive outcomes.
Limited overnight travel for occasional 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.



Posted: 2020-07-23 Expires: 2020-08-23

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