Director, Multimedia Communications

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Feb 14, 2014
Mar 16, 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, DC, 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.

The Communications Department

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:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Digital and Creative Services, the Director, Multimedia Communications will oversee all audio and video work at The Pew Charitable Trusts. This individual will lead production of multimedia content for Pew’s evolving digital presence, including social media and the flagship Web site. He or she will be responsible for setting strategy, developing new products and recommending investments in new equipment to keep Pew up to date in a rapidly evolving space. He or she will also work in partnership with senior colleagues across the organization to ensure appropriate messaging of the institution’s priorities as well as impact, engagement and quality control across multiple Web sites and platforms.

This position will be based in Washington, DC, and is responsible for the overall planning, budgeting, staff recruitment and development and evaluation of communications activities for the multimedia team. This position manages a team of six: two officers and four senior associates.

Job Requirements

*Creates a strategic direction for multimedia content distribution that will enable the work of the institution to reach policy makers, public and private-sector leaders, advocates, the media and the general public through the appropriate audio and video products.
*Responsible for general management, development, oversight and coordination of multimedia products for Web sites.
*Oversees and actively contributes to all aspects of video production, including strategic planning, script writing, shooting, lighting and editing and analytics.
*Recommends new approaches, tools and partnerships to further Pew’s outreach and policy goals.
*Manages equipment, video library and digital asset management system; develops budget recommendations.
*Advises on best use of contractors and in-house staff.
*Ensures quality control of scripts, visuals and final audio and video products; develops consistent institutional voice.
*Make recommendations on how and when to share multimedia assets with reporters, bloggers and coalition partners.
*Provide strategic advice to projects seeking to use video or audio to increase the impact of research findings or advocacy campaigns.
*Develops and produces podcasts, oversees livestreaming of events.
*Recruits, manages and mentors multimedia staff. Offers opportunities for skill development and growth, and provides regular feedback about progress toward individual goals.
*Prepare reports and presentations for the Senior Director, Communications.


*Bachelor’s degree required.
*A minimum of 10 years of increasing responsibility with multimedia or digital experience in the for-profit or nonprofit sector required.

*Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
*Must display proficiency with Final Cut Studio and Adobe creative suite products.
*Experience with satellite media tours, audio and video podcasts and live streaming strongly preferred.
*Management experience. Must be flexible, creative and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. Must demonstrate strong collaborative spirit and leadership ability.
*Must be conversant on the latest audio and video trends with the understanding of how they could apply to Pew’s strategic goals.
*Excellent oral and writing skills to effectively communicate within and outside the organization.
*Ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, be extremely well-organized, manage time effectively and identify resources for projects.
*Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities and institutional procedures. A task-oriented style, with a 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 independence and autonomy.
*Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with campaign managers, consultants and others involved in developing or implementing the communication efforts of Pew. Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people throughout the institution.
*Strong understanding of how to manage by influencing others and the ability to read nuances of meaning accurately.
*Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues.


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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