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Senior Associate, Communications


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 stimulate civic life. 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 The Senior Associate for Communications is a member of the Pew Communications Department supporting the Pew Environment Group (PEG) and will report to the officer, Communications, Australia. He/she is responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-media communications strategy that will generate earned media for the Coral Sea campaign and other work in Australia and New Zealand. The position will be based at Pew’s office in Sydney, Australia. Responsibilities General • Develop and implement media and communications strategies that support the Coral Sea campaign. • Manage all aspects of the campaign’s external communications. • Organize campaign endorsements, both national and international. • Other duties as assigned. Coordination • Coordinate activities with U.S.-based Communications staff and with the communications officers of other environmental organizations involved in the Coral Sea campaign. • Provide communications support to campaign partners, including the review of communications materials such as press releases, op-eds and fact sheets. Handle clearances and approvals as required. • Work with colleagues in Communications to orchestrate rapid responses to negative information about the campaign, its staff or Pew. • Create regular reporting system to keep Pew colleagues updated on campaign developments and potential communications challenges. • Assist as necessary with communications activities in New Zealand. Media • Develop and maintain strong ties to national, state and regional print, television, radio and online reporters, and strategically cultivate stories on campaign issues. • Write news releases, advisories, statements, and background briefing documents for reporters and broadcast producers. • Develop story ideas and pitch them to reporters. • Coordinate campaign response to all press calls and media inquiries. • Design and implement media events, including traditional news conferences and in-person and telephone briefings. • Compile and analyze media coverage and help keep funders and clients up to date on our work. • Identify campaign relevant publications and generate features or write articles for submission. Web • Handle day-to-day management of coalition website, as well as relevant sections of, and help implement Internet-based communications strategies. • Develop new content and update existing content as needed. • Coordinate closely with U.S.-based Digital and Creative team on the development of videos and infographics. Requirements • Education: Bachelor’s degree required including skills associated with completion of an undergraduate degree program in communications, journalism or related major, such as an understanding of media operations, news organizations and new media technologies. Graduate degree in public affairs, public policy or journalism a plus. • Minimum of four years of professional communications experience helping shape the way the decision makers and the public perceive environmental and natural resource management issues. • Demonstrated experience assessing complex scientific studies and public policy proposals and translating them into compelling stories that resonate with the public. • Superior oral and written communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate. • Basic content management skills, familiarity with digital strategies and social media. • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. • Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy. • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners. Compensation We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Travel Occasional travel may be required including potential travel between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. This position is based in the Pew‘s office in Sydney. We are an equal opportunity employer.



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