Officer, Communications

Officer, Communications

The PEW Charitable Trusts

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 public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, 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:
The Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences, and protect and advance the Pew brand. 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 manage the Pew brand, ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.

Position Overview:
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Reporting to the Vice President, Communications, the Officer is responsible for serving as a liaison between Communications and Pew’s philanthropic partnership group. The Officer will support the development of fundraising materials (including writing and editing), provide strategic advice for the development of new communications products for use in donor stewardship and prospect research, and advise on event planning. The position requires the ability to work closely and quickly with a variety of stakeholders in the Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities

Communications Strategy

  • Designs and implements comprehensive communications strategies that advance awareness of opportunities to co-invest with Pew; leads that strategy with the communications and philanthropic partnerships teams.
  • Works with colleagues to develop and manage a timeline for effective release of fundraising materials.
  • Works with colleagues to develop messages and materials to engage foundations, individual philanthropists, and wealth advisors.

Media Relations

  • Generates positive media coverage of Pew’s mission and philanthropic partnerships.
  • Actively monitors, tracks and circulates relevant media coverage.
  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with Pew’s editorial team, such as pitch memos, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
  • Publications, Writing, Online & Multimedia Communications.
  • Writes and edits communications materials in collaboration with Pew’s editorial team, such as web analyses, brochures, and other communications materials for public dissemination.
  • Working with digital team members, develops, writes, and edits materials for the web and assists in developing and executing digital strategies that optimize usage of online tools.
  • Works in collaboration with digital, multimedia, and graphic design staff to develop materials to achieve fundraising goals.

Coordination

  • Coordinates activities with colleagues based globally and with other organizations with whom we are working as required.
  • Manages working relationships with internal partners to ensure highest degree of quality of service delivery and standards.
  • Maintains regular reporting systems to keep Pew colleagues updated on project developments and potential communications challenges.
  • Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars, and the weekly communications report.

Other

  • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of relevant topics to effectively carry out all of the activities listed above; participates in special projects.
  • 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.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, related graduate degree desirable.
  • At least eight years of direct experience in positions with communications responsibilities, with considerable experience as a media relations and strategic communications professional required. Fundraising communications experience is a plus.
  • Experience in advocacy communications and communications planning.
  • Demonstrated experience using social media to advance causes and information.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communications skills. Proven experience drafting media materials and other public documents including press releases, fact sheets, speeches and op-eds.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue or research findings, as well as identify, understand, and address different policy perspectives in a nonpartisan way and visually tell complicated policy and research stories.
  • Confidence in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Strong systems skills, including use of Microsoft office products, required.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that demands excellence and emphasizes teamwork.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Flexible and able to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.
  • Ability to understand the links among Pew’s programs, legal, philanthropic services and government relations. Demonstrates ability to incorporate the needs of others into work process and product and to manage relationships to produce high-level results.
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships within and external to Pew to assemble networks that facilitate positive outcomes.

Compensation:
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete 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 help you maintain a good balance.

Travel:
Occasional travel may be required.

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