Associate I, Communications, Research and State Policy Projects

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States, 20004
Jun 25, 2019
Entry Level
Metro Area
Full Time


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.


Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.

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
This position, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, reports to the manager, communications. The associate works primarily on Pew's research and state policy projects. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, proven writing and editing abilities and experience with media relations.


  • Provides communications and media relations support to various projects.
  • Drafts and distributes press releases, advisories, statements, letters to the editor, op-eds, newsletters, and other communications materials. Drafts talking points for spokespersons, website content, and text for email and social media outreach.
  • Arranges media interviews for spokespersons and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances. Responds to initial press inquiries and helps coordinate responses as needed with senior communications colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency. Pitches Pew publications and experts to reporters.
  • Monitors media clips daily and compiles and distributes media reports. Uses tools including Salesforce, Cision, and Nexis to develop media lists and monitor media clips, report releases, and speaking engagements.
  • Drafts submissions to the Communications department weekly update and other items for internal reporting to the CEO and the Board of Directors; drafts and distributes regular reports on the status of communications products for project directors. Selects and submits key events for the Pew Communications planning calendar.
  • Works with communications colleagues on the production process for online and print communications.
  • 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.
  • Serves as a primary back-up and assists communications project teams during absences.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor's degree required and a minimum of a year of experience in a nonprofit or public policy organization, including work in communications.
  • 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.
  • 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 that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.

Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences.


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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