Senior Officer, Communications (Health Initiatives)
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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The Communications Department

The Communications department plays an instrumental role in positioning Pew to achieve our programmatic and institutional goals. Pew recently completed a detailed assessment of our communications needs and internal structure, and having learned from our past successes and challenges, the department is in the process of reorganizing to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. 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 the production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.

Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the deputy director, Communications, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting the work of Pew’s health initiatives. He/she oversees the development and implementation of communications strategies for projects to effectively communicate Pew’s work and messages. The senior officer supervises a team of seven, working on projects to reduce hidden risks to the health, safety, and well-being of American consumers. The team includes three communications managers, two communications senior associates, and two communications associates.

The successful candidate must have excellent writing and editing skills, be creative, think strategically and have strong national, state, and trade media contacts. Extensive experience in strategic communications is required. Senior management experience is also required.

  • Coordinate project communications teams to create and execute comprehensive, integrated communications strategies to achieve Pew’s policy goals.
  • Responsible for development of communications strategies for campaigns, initiatives, and programs.
  • Supervise project communications staff working on health initiatives.
  • Work with the Deputy Director, Communications, and Communications staff to create proactive media opportunities for senior Pew experts, and provide guidance for effectively delivering the organization’s message.
  • Monitor national, state, and trade press coverage and adjust communications strategies as appropriate to accomplish campaign goals.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as needed.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree desirable. Ten or more years of experience in strategic communications required.
  • Strong national and state media contacts. Deep understanding of the rapidly evolving media and communications business.
  • Management experience in a multi-site, matrixed environment. Must be flexible, creative and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. Must demonstrate strong collaborative spirit and leadership ability.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills to effectively communicate within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, be extremely well-organized, manage time effectively and identify resources for projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with campaign managers, consultants, and others involved in developing or implementing communications for Pew. Excellent listening skills.
  • Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people throughout the institution.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues.
  • Exhibit a real passion for communications and proven experience in taking projects from conception to successful launch.
  • Entrepreneurial, with an understanding of policy issues at all levels of government, backed by a solid comprehension of the political environment.

Some travel within the U.S. may be required.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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