Senior Associate, Editorial

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C., Dist. Columbia, United States, 20002
Sep 14, 2018
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
Full Time

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 invigorate 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, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, 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.

  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 Pew's reputation.

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 ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew's resources.  

Position Overview

Reporting to the manager, editorial, the senior associate, editorial is responsible for the timely copy editing and proofreading of reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, news stories, op-ed pieces and other content published by the department in print and online, in accordance with Pew's quality standards and style guidelines.

The senior associate also helps the editorial department maintain the Pew style guide and answer staff style and grammar queries.  

  • Copy edit and proofread Pew-produced content for both print and web in the most timely and effective manner, while adhering to Pew/AP style and meeting the highest editorial standards.
  • Coordinate with relevant editorial, digital and production staff as needed.
  • Maintain a general knowledge of issues related to Pew projects and campaigns in order to help ensure the highest level of editorial accuracy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, which may include occasional writing, editorial support, and/or content editing.


  • Bachelor's degree required, with a major in journalism, English or a related subject preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible editing experience with an agency, news outlet, journal, corporation or large nonprofit institution.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Familiarity with the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, as well as basic search engine optimization practices.
  • Top-notch organizational skills with an ability to juggle multiple tasks, manage time effectively, analyze and solve production problems, work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment, set priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ease in expressing complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for general audiences and policy experts alike.
  • Strong commitment to accuracy and keen attention to detail.
  • Solid proofreading skills.
  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of basic office software, including Microsoft Office, as well as industry-standard creative software, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud. Knowledge of WorkFront project management software is a plus.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and work with administrative systems. Capacity to work collaboratively to meet Pew's goals.


Occasional day travel or overnight trips to Pew's Philadelphia office may be required.


Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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