Senior Associate, Communications

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Nov 19, 2013
Dec 19, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time
Senior Associate, Communications (U.S. public lands campaigns)

The Organization:

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 stimulate 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, D.C., Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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.

Department Overview:

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:

The Senior Associate, Communications located in Washington, DC, is a member of the Communications department and reports to the Director, Communications. He/she is responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-media communications strategy that will generate earned media for the U.S. public lands campaigns.

* Develops and implements media and communications strategies that support the U.S. public lands campaigns.
* Manages or plays a lead role in external communications efforts of state-specific efforts, in coordination with state campaign partners.

* Coordinates activities with U.S.-based Communications staff and with the communications officers and staff of state public lands protections campaigns.
* Provides communications support to campaign partners, including the review of communications materials such as press releases, op-eds, brochures, fact sheets and social media outreach. Handles clearances and approvals as required.
* Represents Pew at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing presentations and materials for distribution, as well as making presentations.
* Works with colleagues in Communications to orchestrate rapid responses to negative information about the project, its staff or Pew.
* Creates regular reporting system to keep Pew colleagues updated on campaign developments and potential communications challenges.
* Develops and maintains strong ties to national, state and regional print, television, radio and online reporters, and strategically cultivates stories on campaign issues.
* Writes news releases, advisories, statements, and background briefing documents for reporters and broadcast producers.
* Develops story ideas and pitches them to reporters.
* Coordinates campaign response to press calls and media inquiries.
* Designs and implements media events, including traditional news conferences and in-person and telephone briefings.
* Compiles and analyzes media coverage and helps keep funders and clients up to date on our work.
* Identifies campaign relevant publications and generates features or drafts articles for submission.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Working with the digital team, develops new content and updates existing content as needed.
* Advises campaign partners on social media outreach.
* Coordinates with the Creative team on the development of videos and infographics.
* Bachelor’s degree required including skills associated with completion of an undergraduate degree program in communications, journalism or related major, such as an understanding of media operations, news organizations and new media technologies. Graduate degree in public affairs, public policy or journalism a plus.
* Minimum of five years of professional communications experience helping shape the way the decision makers and the public perceive environmental and natural resource management issues.
* Superior oral and written communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
* Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
* Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
* Able to set short and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
* Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks paid vacation and flexible benefits.

Periodic travel to meetings and conferences.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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