The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Project Director, Communications

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/11/2018 9:57 AM)
    Job ID
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    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, 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.


    Communications Department
    The Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences, and protect and advance the Pew brand. 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, including digital engagement strategies; editorial support; design and creative services; media relations; and digital, video, and audio production. The unit oversees all communications policies, guidelines, and processes in order to manage the Pew brand, ensure production of the highest quality work, and effectively steward Pew’s resources.


    Position Overview
    Reporting to the vice president, communications, the project director will lead a new effort at Pew to expand our distribution of facts and data through a variety of communications efforts, including digital and social media channels, advertising, and multimedia. We are looking for an entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record in developing and executing multi-faceted communications strategies; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across teams and departments; a creative and innovative mindset; and a successful track record of engaging teams and senior management.


    Specifically, the project director will develop strategic communications plans, develop ideas, craft editorial and engagement plans, and write and/or edit web content, articles, scripts and other material. He/she will also serve as the day-to-day liaison to other Pew staff, including colleagues at the Pew Research Center, involved in project development and execution. This position has four direct reports.

    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.



    • Works with the senior vice president and vice president to develop communications strategies, plans, and tactics.
    • Implements short- and long-term communication plans by working collaboratively across the department and the organization more broadly to achieve desired objectives.
    • Collaborates with internal staff and external partners, including vendors, to identify and implement plans across a variety of channels, including a website, social media, and a podcast.
    • Develops and executes a content strategy by generating ideas and collaborating across teams to execute.
    • Leads strategic thinking and contributes to cross-cutting initiatives.
    • Writes and/or edits materials including web content, scripts, campaign and/or institutional messages, and other documents.
    • Oversees daily content publishing operations across channels.
    • In collaboration with Pew’s Communications team, manages digital communications for the initiative, and regularly assesses potential improvements and leads ongoing implementation.
    • Helps define when and how to use advertising to achieve campaign goals; oversees advertising initiatives and ensures effective use of tactics and resources to achieve objectives.
    • Helps build a team focused on the initiative, developing specific performance goals for each team member and ensuring the team works effectively with colleagues across the organization. Ensures quality work from the team that meets/exceeds expectations.
    • Participates in and contributes to meetings, workshops, and other events. Leads relevant meetings internally and externally.
    • Manages grants and contracts to ensure the highest level of fiscal stewardship.

    Staff Management

    • Directly manages a staff of 1 officer and 3 senior associates.
    • Responsible for staff development and performance management.


    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience with progressive responsibility for developing communications strategy as well as campaign execution.
    • Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • Digital/creative agency, non-profit, and/or public policy experience.
    • Demonstrable expertise in the principles of strategic planning, including audience and message segmentation, editorial and content planning, and robust measurement and analytical approaches.
    • Strategic and hands-on understanding of the principles of paid media planning strongly preferred.
    • Flexible, creative, entrepreneurial, and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. Must demonstrate strong collaborative spirit and leadership ability.
    • Excellent oral and writing skills to effectively communicate within and outside the organization.
    • Ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, be extremely well-organized, manage time effectively, and identify resources for projects.
    • A task-oriented style, with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with campaign managers, consultants, and others involved in developing or implementing the communication efforts of Pew. Excellent listening skills. Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people throughout the institution.
    • Seasoned judgment; able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues.

    As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete 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 help you maintain a good balance.


    Minimal travel anticipated.


    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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