Officer, Editorial

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/28/2020 4:01 PM)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.

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
Reporting to the director, editorial, the officer is responsible for conceptual and line editing a variety of products published in print and online —including but not limited to reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, press releases, news stories, blog posts, letters to the editor, and opinion columns. The position may also include reviewing, together with graphic designers and policy specialists, accompanying content such as tables, graphs, charts, and illustrations. This position is located in the Washington, DC, office.


  • Carefully and thoughtfully line edit, for clarity and impact, a variety of editorial products for both print and web, working with policy experts and communications staff on the content, structure, and language.
  • Ensure that all edited products are delivered on time and adhere to Pew’s content and style guidelines.
  • Together with editorial colleagues, help policy experts and communications staff understand—and adhere to—Pew’s editorial approach and standards.
  • Work with policy experts and communications staff before editorial content is produced, to plan editorial content as part of an overall communications plan.
  • Work with Pew’s digital publishing team to improve coordination and processes as assigned.
  • Work with Pew’s institutional communications team on special projects as assigned.
  • Work with Pew’s creative team on content for illustrations, charts, maps, and graphics as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of editing experience in a deadline-driven environment required.
  • Excellent line and conceptual editing skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Significant experience working collaboratively and diplomatically in a team environment, including working directly with writers and policy experts.
  • Experience in a public policy or research organization preferred.
  • Familiarity with AP style a plus.
Minimal travel anticipated.
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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