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The communications manager is responsible for promoting the work of one or more of Pew Research Center's research areas, assisting the communications director and senior managers with achieving departmental goals and liaising with other communications managers and associates to ensure proper institutional communications with the Center's parent organization, The Pew Charitable Trusts. The position reports to the communications senior manager (domestic programs). Key responsibilities include 1) Overseeing Pew Research Center projects in all aspects of external relations (especially media relations and events), monitoring coverage and developing communications tools; and 2) implementing communications activities related to Pew Research Center's institutional brand by drafting materials (e.g., press releases), coordinating activities with other organizations, and planning events. The communications manager has a nose for news, gets the details right, thinks strategically and will roll up his/her sleeves to get the job done. He/she is responsible for activities that promote, enhance and protect the organization's “gold-standard” brand reputation.
Communications Strategy & Leadership
- Under the guidance of the communications director and associate director, develop and oversee execution of communications plans for major research studies, to build reach, influence and impact for the Center's work. Identify target audiences, goals and dissemination strategies and tactics for major priorities while working within the overall institutional brand strategy.
- Build strong relationships with the managing directors and staff of the research teams; digital producers and designers on the beat; and other researchers and staff across the center.
- Work with other communications managers and associates to research is promoted effectively across all channels; communicate research activities with the communications team and with the Center's parent organization, The Pew Charitable Trusts, as appropriate.
Media Relations & Stakeholder Engagement
- Ensure that the Center's work reaches, informs and engages key target audiences who are stakeholders in the center's research by implementing a range of tactics including media outreach, speaking engagements, social media and email alerts, and paid marketing events and sponsorships.
- Cultivate and manage new and ongoing relationships with major media partners, and work with senior communications staff to develop and ensure effective execution of media-outreach plans. Manage timing and strategy for major media releases, balancing overall institutional needs. Prepare spokespeople for interviews and oversee media training, and serve as a resource to senior researchers in preparation for media events and speaking engagements. Triage press requests. Work with the communications director and communications associate to develop and manage media lists for releases.
- Oversee production of Pew Research Center events, roundtables and press conferences, including their management, program and panel development, speaker handling and event logistics.
- Work with communications staff to ensure oversight of key communications tools for achieving objectives.
- Liaise with external partners, including major media organizations, other research institutions, conveners and donors, to ensure effective and smooth collaboration for dissemination and research partnerships.
- Investigate new dissemination strategies and delivery channels for existing material, attend conferences, reach out to media, think tanks and other content creators, and stay informed about new technologies and trends.
Brand and Reputation Management
- Protect Pew Research Center's gold-standard brand by providing superior judgment to avoid reputational damage and help craft thoughtful, rapid response to critical coverage.
- Ensure that outgoing content and messaging by brand “ambassadors” exemplifies Pew Research Center's core values.
- Advise the Center's senior leadership on reputation management by providing counsel about reputational cost/benefit of initiatives.
- Monitor use of Pew Research Center material, including press mentions of key partners, research/polling industry and other institutions and topics relevant to the Pew Research Center brand.
- Work with communications and design staff to ensure that collateral and other material is consistent with the center's style and standards.
- Collect a robust set of qualitative and quantitative performance indicators related to the dissemination of research for inclusion in reports to the Pew Research Center's board.
- Help prepare clear, coherent and accurate reports to Pew Research Center's board.
- Prepare dissemination reports to external partners and donors, as needed.
- Knowledge of communications strategic planning and experience with a wide range of tactics.
- Exceptional verbal communication and writing skills.
- Able to work in a team, and across functions, under deadline with diplomacy and poise.
- News junkie, with a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Pew Research Center's research topics.
- Creative and strategic thinker.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to juggle multiple projects.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, PPT); knowledge of media tools such as Factiva and Salesforce.
- Bachelor's in public relations, communications, mass media, journalism or related field.
- Minimum 5 years of relevant experience. Experience in a non-profit, think tank, research, or academic environment strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of Washington, national and international press corps, and proven record of cultivating media relationships.
FLSA Status: Exempt
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