• Associate I, Communications

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/26/2018 3:43 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
    This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the manager, communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the work of the health programs portfolio. The associate works primarily with the biomedical research programs, which provide financial and other resources to outstanding early-career scientists in the U.S. and Latin America; and the safe food program, which advances policies and practices to reduce foodborne diseases in the U.S. The associate supports other health programs as assigned. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, proven writing and editing abilities, as well as experience with media relations.



    • Provides communications and media relations support to various projects.

    • Drafts and distributes press releases, advisories, statements, letters to the editor, op-eds, newsletters, and other communications materials. Drafts talking points for spokespersons, including staff and project partners. Drafts and updates website content and text for email and social media outreach.
    • Arranges media interviews for spokespersons and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances. Responds to initial press inquiries and helps coordinate responses as needed with senior communications colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency. Pitches Pew publications and experts to reporters.
    • Monitors media clips daily and compiles and distributes media reports. Uses tools including Salesforce, Cision, and Nexis to develop media lists and monitor media clips, report releases and speaking engagements.
    • Encourages and supports effective use of social media by Pew spokespeople.
    • Drafts submissions to the Communications department weekly update and other items for internal reporting to the CEO and the Board of Directors; drafts and distributes regular reports on the status of communications products for project directors. Selects and submits key events for the Pew Communications planning calendar.
    • Works with communications colleagues on the production process for online and print communications.
    • Participates in communications and organizational strategic planning to ensure communications strategy is aligned with organizational goals and regularly informs teams of media outreach efforts and results.
    • Serves as a primary back-up and assists communications project teams during absences.
    • Other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of a year of experience in a nonprofit or public policy organization, including work in communications.
    • Experience in public policy or advocacy campaigns at the state or local level strongly preferred. State government, Capitol Hill, or executive branch or agency experience in health and nonprofit communications is desirable.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is a plus.
    • Understanding of media operations and news organizations and experience with media relations.
    • Experience creating and maintaining media lists.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
    • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
    • Good project management skills and attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated political skills and judgment.
    • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.

    Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences.


    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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