Senior Associate, Communications (Health & Science)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States, 20004
Jul 26, 2019
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.


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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 associate manager, communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the health and science programs. The senior associate is an expert writer who works to draft web analyses, write and place opinion articles, and develop social media materials to support a portfolio that encompasses biomedical research, conservation science, marine research, and public health issues ranging from antibiotic resistance to food and drug safety, opioid use and health information technology. The position requires versatility and the ability to write clearly about highly complex health and science issues; excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities; proven writing and editing abilities for print and online platforms; and experience working with senior staff. The position occasionally supports institutional communications functions.


Communications Strategy, Writing, and Online Communications

  • Works with communications colleagues to develop and implement communications strategies that support the health and science programs, with a focus on ideas for written communications products and digital outreach, including opinion articles, newsletters, press releases, advisories, statements, speeches, presentations, fact sheets, web analyses, policy briefs, brochures, and other communications materials for public dissemination, including social media materials.
  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with project staff and Pew's editorial team.
  • Works with digital team members to develop, write, and edit materials for the web and social media, and assists in developing and executing digital strategy that optimizes usage of online tools.

Media Relations and Coordination

  • Assists communications colleagues as needed with media outreach, especially outreach to editorial boards and media list maintenance.
  • Provides communications coordination support to program staff, including handling clearance and approvals for written products as required.
  • Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars and the weekly communications report.


  • Provides back-up to communications colleagues throughout the health and science project as needed.
  • Contributes to and participates in communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.
  • Assists other communications program teams as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience required in health or science communications. Experience in public policy or advocacy campaigns at the state level is a plus. State government, Capitol Hill, or executive branch or agency experience in health, science and nonprofit communication is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to craft communications strategies that support nonpartisan advocacy for legislative and executive branch policy work at the state and national level.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral communications skills, including ability to synthesize material, focus on the essence of an issue or research findings and then communicate it to a broader audience in a captivating manner.
  • Significant experience in drafting print and online materials, including opinion articles, on complex topics for health and science organizations or policymakers.
  • Knowledge of media operations and news organizations, with an understanding of traditional and social media and a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape.
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure, and the versatility to quickly shift from one topic area to another.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work productively in a nonpartisan way with a wide array of different and culturally diverse people.
  • Ability 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.
  • Sound judgment, ability to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners.

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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