• Officer, Creative (Photo Editor)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/3/2018 3:00 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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

    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 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
    ‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬The Officer, Creative (Photo Editor) position is located in Washington, DC reports to the Director, Communications and is an integral part of the creative team. The photo editor is responsible for selecting photographic content for all of Pew’s communications channels and products, including Pew’s flagship quarterly magazine, Trust; the website, pewtrusts.org; and an array of print, digital, social, and multimedia content. The photo editor will work closely across teams to identify, develop, and implement visually compelling digital and print content to strengthen audience engagement.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬



    • Maintain and advance Pew’s visual aesthetic and standards for photography across all digital and print media.
    • Collaborate with various teams within Communications to identify effective and compelling photography to communicate programmatic content, strengthen engagement with programmatic messages, and help enhance cross-channel content strategies.
    • Oversee all phases of photo research, selection, and editing, including comprehensive research of stock photography, management of photo licenses, and developing and supervising external photographers by creating assignments and shot lists and coordinating with project communications teams prior to shoots.
    • Negotiate all contracts, photo fees, and usage rights. Coordinate with Pew’s legal and operations departments to execute all licenses and freelance contracts, ensuring that policies and procedures are followed efficiently and effectively. Manage stock photography accounts.
    • Build and maintain relationships with freelance photographers and agencies. Manage implementation of budgets provided from internal teams for photography and ensure effective use of resources.
    • Develop concepts for photography in Pew’s flagship magazine, Trust, and other print publications, such as Trend magazine, reports, brochures, books, and other collateral on an ongoing basis.
    • Oversee Pew’s internal digital asset management (DAM) system. Related responsibilities include asset tagging, identifying and recommending asset collections to internal teams, as well as other general and ongoing governance responsibilities.
    • Stay abreast of visual design and photography trends in all major digital channels as well as print.
    • Perform tasks and special projects as assigned by supervisor and senior management team.


    • Bachelor's degree required, advance degree preferred. 
    • Minimum of eight years of experience as a photo editor at a non-profit organization, commercial or non-profit media outlet, creative agency or another type of editorial publication/company.
    • Strong concepting skills, strategic and tactical digital and print editorial experience, honed by previous experience in either the for-profit or nonprofit arena.
    • Proven ability to conceive, recommend, and select photographs on a daily basis in a deadline-driven environment.
    • Extensive experience editing with Photoshop and knowledge of digital asset management systems.
    • Ability to retouch, color-correct, and optimize digital photographs a plus.
    • Strong project-management and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time, and identify resources for projects.
    • Experience managing a high volume of work under competing deadlines and with a collaborative, diplomatic, and client-oriented approach.
    • Knowledge of rights and license issues to inform ongoing work to ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
    • Understanding of organizational structures and ability to work effectively through systems.
    • Strong understanding of and demonstrated experience developing visual content for web and social channels.
    • DAM experience preferred.

    Limited travel expected for managing occasional photo shoots, as necessary.

    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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