The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Manager, Communications (Media Relations/Public Relations)

    Location AU-Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/29/2018 3:57 PM)
    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.


    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; 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 manage the Pew brand, ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.
    Position Overview
    This position, reports to the director, communications, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the work of the Outback to Oceans Australia portfolio. He/she leads the development and implementation of communications strategies to effectively communicate Pew’s work and messages in Australia. He/she is part of the team of communications professionals working on Pew’s environment programs. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, proven writing and editing abilities across on- and off-line platforms, as well as experience with supporter networks, media relations and staff support. This position has one direct report. The position will be located in Brisbane where the main national Pew office is located. For particularly high level candidates, locating the position in Sydney or Melbourne could be considered.


     Communications Strategy

    • Designs and implements comprehensive communications strategies and campaigns that advance Pew’s Outback to Oceans campaign and the institution in Australia, working in collaboration with program staff; leads that strategy with the communications and project team.
    • Develops key messaging and advises project leaders on strategy.
    • Works with colleagues to develop and manage a timeline for effective release of policy briefs, reports, and other material.
    • Works with 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 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 team, such as press releases, pitch memos, editorial board memos, blogs, op-eds, and letters to the editor.

    Publications, Writing, Online & Multimedia Communications

    • Writes and edits communications materials in collaboration with Pew’s editorial team, such as newsletters, communications toolkits, fact sheets, web analyses, policy briefs, brochures, and other communications materials for public dissemination.
    • Working with digital team members, develops, produces, writes, and edits materials for the web and social media, and assists in developing and executing digital strategies that optimize usage of online tools.
    • Works in collaboration with digital, multimedia, and graphic design staff to develop materials to achieve project goals.

    Staff Management

    • Directly manages a staff of one senior associate.
    • Responsible for staff development and performance management.
    • Provides advice and support for program staff and consultants doing communications work for specific campaigns


    • Coordinates activities with colleagues based globally and with the colleagues of other organizations with whom we are working.
    • Provides communications coordination support to program staff, including handling clearance and approvals as required.
    • Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates
    • Manages working relationships with internal partners to ensure highest degree of quality of service delivery and standards.
    • Maintains regular reporting systems to keep Pew colleagues updated on project developments and potential communications challenges.
    • Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars, and the weekly communications report.  


    • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of relevant topics to effectively carry out all of the activities listed above; participates in special projects.
    • Contributes to and participates in communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.
    • Assists other communications program teams as needed.
      Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree, related graduate degree desirable, or equivalent experience.
    • At least eight years of direct experience in positions with communications responsibilities, with considerable experience as a media relations and strategic communications professional required.
    • Experience in advocacy campaigns at the state, federal and international level.
    • Minimum of two years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • Demonstrated experience and success in using social media to advance causes and information.
    • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communications skills. Proven experience drafting media materials and other public documents including press releases, videos, fact sheets, speeches and op-eds.
    • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or research findings, as well as identify, understand, and address different policy perspectives in a nonpartisan way and visually tell complicated policy and research stories.
    • Confidence in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
    • Strong software 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.
    • Able to understand the links among Pew's programs, legal, philanthropic services and government relations. Demonstrates ability to incorporate the needs of others into work process and product and to manage relationships to produce high-level results.
    • Able to build and leverage formal and informal relationships within and external to Pew to assemble networks that facilitate positive outcomes.
    • Ability to manage performance and ensure professional development of direct reports required.
    • Experience in engaging with rural and Outback Australian communities an advantage. 

    The position requires considerable travel domestically and occasionally internationally.


    Compensation and Benefits
    We offer a competitive salary and standard Australian benefits. 


    Application Process

    Please click the application link/button and follow the instructions to send a CV and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources.

    Applications to close on 30 April 2018.



    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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