Senior Associate, Communications

Location US-Washington DC or Philadelphia PA
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/3/2020 9:30 PM)
Job ID
The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Organization
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, DC, 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
This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC or Philadelphia office, reports to the director, communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting Pew’s work to modernize the civil court system, address mental health challenges in the criminal justice system, and provide dental care to low-income children and adults. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities, and proven writing and editing abilities for print and online platforms, as well as experience working with networks of supporters, media relations, and senior staff support. 


  • Media Relations, Public Engagement, and Communications Strategy
    • Develops and implements communications strategies that support states’ efforts to advance evidence-based policies that authorize dental therapists and create curriculums for schools to train dental therapists with a focus on national and targeted state media.
    • Develops and cultivates relationships with a comprehensive list of reporters in targeted states and potential influencers such as lawmakers, educators, and health care specialists.
    • Participates in communications and strategic planning to ensure communications strategy is aligned with organizational goals and regularly informs project staff of media outreach efforts and results.
    • Coordinates media tracking and manages rapid response process for media coverage, involving relevant colleagues within the program staff and the Communications department, as appropriate. 
    • Arranges media interviews for spokespersons and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances.
    • Produces talking points for spokespersons.
    • Responds to media inquiries and is available for communications tasks outside of working hours on a reasonable basis; coordinates responses as needed with senior communications colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency.
    • Creates and maintains media lists and press materials. 
  • Publications, Writing, Online & Multimedia Communications
    • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with project staff and Pew’s editorial team, including press releases, advisories, statements, speeches, presentations, fact sheets, web analyses, brochures, and other communications materials for public dissemination.
    • Works with digital team members to develop, write, and edit materials for the web and social media, and assist in developing and executing digital strategy that optimizes usage of online tools.
    • Works in collaboration with digital, multimedia, and graphic design colleagues to develop infographics, videos, and other materials that help achieve project goals.
    • Serves as a liaison with projects for communications’ digital, graphic, multimedia, and editorial staff.  
  • Coordination
    • Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through newsletters, mailings, and other vehicles for direct communications.
    • Coordinates activities with colleagues of other organizations with whom Pew is working.
    • Provides communications coordination support to program staff, including handling clearance and approvals as required.
    • Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars, and the weekly communications report.   
  • Other
    • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of topics relevant to the project, to most effectively carry out all of the activities listed above.
    • Contributes to and participates in communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.
    • Assists other communications program teams as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience required in media relations and campaign communications, preferably with public policy or nonprofit advocacy organizations.
  • 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.
  • Significant experience in earned media, with understanding of media operations and news organizations and experience pitching both event-based press materials (announcements, bills, agreements, etc.) and product-based press materials (statements, reports, polls, etc.). Understanding of traditional and social media with a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape. 
  • Experience creating and maintaining media lists.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral communications skills, including ability to synthesize material, focus on the essence of an issue or research findings and then communicate it to a broader audience.
  • Experience working with a network of supporters.
  • Ability to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with agreed strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure. 
  • Sound judgment, ability to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners.
It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel domestically.
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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