• Senior Associate, Communications (Research and Writing)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    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

    Pew is seeking a senior associate to join the communications team that is supporting a new initiative focused on expanding our distribution of facts and data through a variety of communications efforts. This position is based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, and reports to the project director, communications. Primary responsibilities include: researching, analyzing and organizing original Pew data and data from other sources, such as U.S. government data into a database, and assessing which data may be best for external promotion as part of the new initiative. The candidate would work collaboratively across Pew, including with colleagues at the Pew Research Center, to ensure the validity and accuracy of data, consider the best ways to distill the information into accessible content for the public. The senior associate would also help write public materials for the initiative, using the data provided, and collaborate with the team on selecting topic areas and data of interest to the public. We are looking for an experienced candidate with quantitative analysis and writing skills who will meet the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality.


    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.


    • Perform research and analysis of existing datasets. Coordinate with research teams across Pew, including the Pew Research Center, to verify facts, data, and other research information. 
    • Maintain an internal database of quantitative data that is current, accurate, and adheres to methodological best practices. 
    • Assess new reports and other research materials for potential application to the new initiative, regularly keeping abreast of information for the selected topics, and advising the project director and team on potential new research areas and data points.
    • More advanced work may involve writing messages about the data and facts for public audiences as part of the new initiative. Additionally, the senior associate may collaborate with the team to develop communications tactics and approaches, including some maintenance of the project website.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; related graduate degree desirable.
    • A minimum of four years of relevant professional experience in policy research, analysis and writing; experience in social science research or public policy preferred.
    • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize information, identify themes, and summarize information effectively and clearly. 
    • Experience managing large data sets preferred.
    • Strong computer skills, especially software such as Excel, and STATA
    • Experience writing for the web preferred.
    • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information quickly. 
    • Ability to work well in a team setting.
    • Ability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships with external and internal stakeholders and approach issues with a nonpartisan, objective mindset.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams to meet project goals.
    • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy in all work products.

    Minimal to no travel expected for the position.


    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.


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