Senior Associate, Communications
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 to ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.
This senior associate, communications, position is a member of the department’s institutional and strategy team, and reports to the senior manager, communications, who oversees special projects. S/he will be responsible for supporting institutional communications initiatives through planning, analysis, strategy development, execution, and marketing. This includes research and media analysis of trends in nonprofit communications, leadership, and topical areas, such as research and science; editorial planning for institutional content, reporting on content engagement and promotional efforts, and contributing to executive communications, new and emerging initiatives, and to some of Pew’s flagship products, including Trend magazine and the “After the Fact” podcast. S/he will be a key contributor to other special projects and core initiatives for the communications department, such as messaging and communications strategy development sessions, among other areas. The position is located in Washington, DC.
- Conducts timely media analysis of trends for topical areas across the Communications department, in support of programmatic areas and institutional engagement.
- Contributes to the development of marketing strategies to externally promote institutional products and collaborates across the communications department to manage and report on the impact of promotion-related initiatives.
- Consider strategies for audience engagement to deepen impact across the institution.
- Identifies opportunities for timely content via written products, video, and the podcast.
- Collaborates with team to craft effective media and digital strategies related to executive communications.
- Builds and manages effective editorial planning and pitching calendars to enhance external engagement for the institution.
- Researches best practices in nonprofit and content mediums and informs communications colleagues on relevant recommendations and updates.
- Writes engaging copy and other promotional text for institutional content, as directed. Implements marketing tasks and other engagements, as needed.
- May pitch members of the media with institutional news and/or op-eds.
- May provide event support ranging from logistical planning and execution to executive support, as needed.
- Acts as liaison with internal partners in support of Pew’s institutional products.
- Supports strategic communications planning, as assigned.
- Contributes to and participates in tasks and special projects as assigned by the Senior Manager, Communications and Senior Vice President, Communications.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- At least four years of direct experience in positions with communications responsibilities, with experience as a strategic communications and/or marketing professional preferred. Experience in public policy or advocacy campaigns is a plus.
- Must have excellent oral communications, writing, and editing skills, with ease in expressing complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for general audiences and policy experts alike.
- Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time and identifies resources for projects as needed.
- Strong analytic and innovative problem-solving skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify the means to address it. Focused on producing measurable results.
- Experience and successful track record in pitching and engaging reporters.
- Familiarity with the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, as well as basic search engine optimization practices.
- Proficient with Microsoft programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Professional experience with an agency, corporation, or nonprofit organization is preferred.
- Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes quickly.
- Positive, solution-oriented, self-starter outlook, with comfort working individually and in groups to meet goals.
- Strong commitment to accuracy and keen attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Possess a proactive attitude to solving problems with diplomatic approach to communications with colleagues.
- Incorporate creative, outside-the-box thinking.
- Able to represent the organization with professionalism and honesty, consistently acting in an ethical manner.
Minimal travel anticipated.
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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Job posted: 2021-02-11