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 Overview

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 position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to the Director, Communications and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting Pew’s efforts to combat overfishing and illegal fishing, encourage tuna conservation, and improve international ocean governance. He/she develops and implements communications strategies for projects to effectively communicate Pew’s work and messages. He/she is part of the team of communications professionals working on Pew’s environment programs. This position has three direct reports.


Communications Strategy

  • Designs and implements comprehensive communications strategies that advance Pew’s international ocean conservation goals; leads and directs that strategy with the communications and project teams.
  • Develops key messaging and advises project leaders on strategy.
  • Works with colleagues to develop and manage a timeline for effective release of policy briefs, reports and other material.
  • If applicable, helps manage working relationships with communications consultants to ensure highest degree of quality of service delivery and standards for the unit.

Media Relations

  • Manages the creation, development, and implementation of effective media strategies that contribute to a well-defined media presence for Pew projects.
  • Generates positive media coverage in new and creative ways; manages overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, business, and advocacy communities.
  • Actively monitors, tracks, and circulates relevant media coverage.
  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with Pew’s publications services desk, such as press releases, pitch memos, editorial board memos, op-eds, and letters to the editor.

Publications, Writing, Web & Multi-Media Communications

  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with Pew’s editorial desk, such as fact sheets, articles, policy briefs, 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 strategy that optimizes usage of online tools.
  • Works in collaboration with digital, multi-media, and graphic design staff to develop materials to achieve project goals.

Staff Management

  • Directly manages a staff of three.
  • Responsible for staff development and performance management.


  • Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through newsletters, mailings, and other vehicles for direct communications.
  • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of relevant topics of interest, to effectively carry out all of the activities listed above and participates in special projects.
  • Contributes to and participates in division and communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed.


  • 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 at the international level required. Experience in public policy or campaigns required.
  • Minimum of two years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in environment or science communications and communications planning.
  • Advocacy experience a plus.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills. Proven experience drafting media materials and other public documents including press releases, fact sheets, and op-eds.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and address different policy perspectives. Confidence in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • 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, with the ability to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams of both support and senior staff to meet project goals.
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships within and external to Pew to assemble networks that facilitate positive outcomes.
  • 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.


It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel internationally.



We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.


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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