Senior Associate, Communications

  • Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Type

Full Time




Dist. Columbia
United States


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.

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 senior associate, communications, position is located in Washington, DC and is a member of the Communications department on its institutional and strategy team. The senior associate reports to the manager, communications of special projects. He/she is responsible for marketing, promotion, and planning tasks related to Pew's podcast, “After the Fact,” which includes spearheading marketing efforts for individual episodes and the podcast overall, researching topics and audiences, and planning assistance to maintain a high standard of podcast content. He/she is also a key contributor to other special projects and core initiatives for the communications department.

• Develops marketing strategies to externally promote the institutional podcast and collaborates across the communications department to implement and manage promotion-related initiatives.

• Considers strategies for audience engagement to deepen impact for institutional podcast.
• Executes writing and marketing tasks related to specific episodes.
• Writes engaging copy related to podcast episodes, including descriptions, headlines, and other promotional text.
• Develops effective news hooks for media pitches and engagement related to the podcast and specific stories.
• Collaborates with members of the team to synthesize and internally report on key performance measures related to promotions efforts for the podcast and works collaboratively within the communications department.
• Researches best practices related to podcast marketing and informs communications colleagues on relevant recommendations and updates.
• Identifies opportunities for timely content via the podcast medium and contributes ideas for new episodes.
• Acts as liaison with internal partners in support of Pew's podcast.
• Supports strategic communications planning as assigned.
• Contributes to and participates in tasks and special projects as assigned by the manager, communications and vice president, communications.


• Bachelor's degree 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.
• Professional experience with an agency, corporation, or nonprofit organization is preferred.
• 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.
• Experience and successful track record in pitching and engaging reporters.
• Previous experience with broadcast production or audio storytelling and marketing for these formats is a plus.
• 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.
• Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects as needed.
• Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes quickly.
• Positive, solution-oriented, self-starter outlook, comfortable 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.
• Ability to incorporate creative, outside-the-box thinking.

Minimal travel anticipated.

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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree