Senior Associate, Communications

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Jun 13, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
Human Resources
Full Time

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 communication

Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the Director, Communications, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the work of the environment group. He/she supports the implementation of a multi-media communications strategy in the European Union, the development of public facing campaign communications, mobilizing public engagement in projects and promoting issues and spokespeople in local and specific member state media.

The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, proven writing and editing abilities across on- and off-line platforms, as well as experience with media relations and senior staff support.


Develops and implements communications strategies that support Pew environment projects in the EU.
Contributes to the management of the Pew Communications calendar.
Other duties as assigned.

Media, Public Engagement and Communications Strategy

Participates in communications and strategic planning to ensure communications strategies are aligned with organizational goals, and regularly informs project staff of media outreach results.
Develops and cultivates relationships with a comprehensive list of journalists, editors, producers and thought leaders.
Arranges media interviews for spokespeople and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances.
Responds to media inquiries and is available for communications tasks outside working hours on a reasonable basis to support European staff.

Publications, Writing, Online & Multi-Media Communications

Writes and edits communications materials in collaboration with the campaign team and Pew’s editorial services desk, such as press releases, advisories, statements, speeches, presentations, fact sheets, web stories, brochures and other communications materials for public dissemination.
Works in collaboration with digital, multi-media, and graphic design colleagues to develop infographics, videos, and other materials that help to achieve project goals.
Coordinates closely with the Digital and Creative team on the development of digital material and social media.


Coordinates activities with EU-based colleagues and with the colleagues of other organizations with whom we are working.
Provides communications support to campaign staff, including drafting and reviewing communications materials and handling clearance and approvals as required.
Maintains regular reporting systems to keep Pew colleagues updated on project developments and potential communications challenges.


Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in communications or journalism.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a non-profit or public policy organisation, including work in communications, supporter relations or campaigning.
Good project management skills.
Attention to detail.
Superior oral and written communications skills, including ability to synthesize material, to focus on the essence of an issue and then communicate it to a broader audience in a captivating manner.
Understanding of traditional and social media with a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape.
Experience of working with a supporter network.
Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
Able to work productively with a wide array of different and culturally diverse people.
Able 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, able to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners.
Needs to have an understanding of EU politics and government.
Needs to be available for flexible schedule to work with Europe, six time zones ahead.
Fluency in German is desirable.
Experience with British, French and German media will be advantageous.


Frequent travel to attend meetings and conferences.


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

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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