Associate, Communications (State Campaigns)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Dec 11, 2013
Jan 10, 2014
Human Resources
Full Time

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:

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, reports to a Director, Communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the work of the Government Performance Group. He/she helps to promote issues and spokespersons in the media and with local, state and federal government officials. 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.
*Performs daily monitoring of media clips and compiles and distribute media reports.
*Contributes to the management of the Pew Communications calendar.
*Compiles and distributes submissions to the Communications department weekly update.
*Uses tools within the Salesforce and Vocus systems to develop media lists and monitor media clips, upcoming report releases and future speaking engagements.
*Serves as a primary back-up and assists project teams during absences.
*Assists in drafting, editing and distributing organizational press releases, advisories, statements, letters to the editor, op-eds and other communications materials.
*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.
*Arranges media interviews for spokespersons and help with preparation for interviews and public appearances.
*Drafts talking points for spokespersons, including staff and project partners.
*Works with members of the digital team to draft and update Web site content relevant to project work, and text for email and social media outreach, as required.
*Responds to initial press inquiries and helps coordinate responses as needed with senior communications colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency.
*Other duties as assigned.
*Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in a nonprofit or public policy organization, including work in communications.
*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 thata emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.


Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including three weeks of vacation, a generous 401(k) plan and flexible benefit options.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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