• Senior Associate, Communications

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/22/2018 4:25 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, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the project director, communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting a new initiative focused on expanding our distribution of facts and data through a variety of communications efforts. Primary responsibilities include: writing, fact-checking, and proof-reading; organizing relevant data; and performing quantitative research and analysis of original Pew data and data from other sources, such as U.S. government data, as required. The candidate would also help distill complex information into accessible writing for a public audience, for publication on a website, on social media, or on another platform. We are looking for an experienced candidate with analysis, writing and reporting 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.


    • Fact checking, analysis and research. Coordinating with research teams internally and at the Pew Research Center to verify facts, data, and other research information
    • Distilling complex information into accessible writing for public audiences
    • Data cleaning, maintaining and reviewing internal files and databases
    • Content editing, and proofing
    • Creating and maintaining a timeline/calendar of major U.S. events
    • Some website content production, as needed


    • Bachelor’s degree required; related graduate degree desirable.
    • A minimum of four years of relevant professional experience in policy research, writing and analysis; experience in journalism, public policy writing or social science research preferred.
    • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize information, identify themes, and summarize information effectively and clearly.
    • Experience writing for the web, social and/or email preferred
    • Experience with internet research.
    • Familiarity with website content production preferred.
    • 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.
    • Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint


    Minimal to no travel expected for the position.


    Compensation and Benefits
    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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