Associate, Communications, Pew Health Group
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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Pew Health Group
Based on data, science, and non-partisan research, the Pew Health Group (PHG) works to reduce hidden risks to the health, safety, and well-being of American consumers. We are focused on ensuring transparency and giving people the tools they need to lead better lives and make healthier decisions. Working closely with industry, government, impartial experts, and a wide range of consumer groups, we develop and promote practical solutions to problems that impact human health, focusing on medical and food issues.

The Pew Health Group is a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT).

Position Overview
The Associate is a member of the communications staff and works with the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences, which provides funding to early-career investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The Associate will be responsible for external communications, development and outreach for the Biomedical Programs to the media. The Associate will draft other communications materials as needed. This position reports to a Manager within the central communications department but will work closely with Biomedical program staff. The position requires excellent communication skills and basic media relations experience.


Assist in annual award media outreach, targeting key audiences in the biomedical community, with a focus on national and trade publications
Develop and maintain media lists as needed of relevant reporters, editors, producers and columnists.
Coordinate media tracking and production, editing and distribution of relevant news clips.
Assist with drafting, editing and distributing organizational press releases, advisories, statements, letters to the editor, opinion pieces, fact sheets and other program materials.
Arrange media interviews for spokespersons.
Work with Web staff to prepare, add and update website content relevant to project work, and collaborate on email and social media outreach to build program affinities.
Work with Philanthropic Partnership group staff through preparation of written and presentation materials.
Assist with logistics, planning and preparation of materials for meetings and conferences.
Support Communications Managers with occasional administrative work.
Support Biomedical Programs staff with occasional special projects as needed.
Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree required in communications, science writing, journalism, public relations or related field,
One to three years of communications and media relations experience, preferably with academic, science, or nonprofit organizations.
Understanding of media operations and news organizations and basic pitching experience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Adept at scientific writing, able to translate complex science into everyday language.
Ability to work well in a cross-departmental team, as well as independently, with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines, adapt to changing priorities and work under pressure.
Good project management and organizational skills with attention to detail.
Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
Minimal overnight travel for occasional meetings and conferences.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.