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Communications Associate

Job ID: 11402
Job Views: 1640
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20001
Job Category: Public Relations | Marketing
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 05.22.2024

Job Description

Washington, DC (Pew Research Center)

Position Summary
The communications associate supports communications managers in promoting research by the Center's research teams to the news media, the engaged public and key stakeholders.

The communications associate supports all aspects of external relations, playing a major supporting role in promotion and dissemination of findings through media relations, stakeholder engagement, event planning, and social media outreach, all while demonstrating innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit. The communications associate has a hunger for traditional communications/public relations work, but also has their finger on the pulse of what's new and coming next in the communications and marketing landscape. The ideal candidate is skilled in project management while also demonstrating strategic thinking. The position is a member of the communications team who will work closely with other communication strategists, schedulers and various team leaders.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Serves as initial point of contact for external inquiries, especially media; responds to incoming requests promptly, accurately and efficiently. Coordinates logistics for interviews and presentations for experts and other staff as appropriate.
  • Following the guidance of communications leadership, uses creative means to reach out to stakeholders.
  • Creates, updates and maintains lists of media and other key contacts, expanding and diversifying our potential target audiences.
  • Assists in developing outreach plans for priority publications, events and platforms and may support implementation.
  • In conjunction with Research team and under guidance of managers, writes and plans content for team social accounts.
  • Puts together topical newsletters and other content packages for both research teams.
  • Under the guidance of communications managers, executes the Center's strategies for various heritage months.
  • Stays up-to-date with current events and key conversations relevant to the associated research areas.
  • Tracks and documents the results of outreach activities to demonstrate and summarize audience impact for institutional reporting purposes. Identifies themes and opportunities for follow-on visibility and proactive moments.
  • Supports managers in outreach for product releases.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • Demonstrated interest in research topics, news, and current events.
  • Must demonstrate both a hunger for traditional media/public relations skills and the ability to keep up with new trends in communications and marketing.
  • Superior writing, editing, and organizational skills including knowledge of AP style.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal and relationship management skills and client-service orientation.
  • Experience or interest in crafting social media content, building newsletters or project managing other digital products.
  • Ability to balance multiple time-sensitive priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in team-oriented environment.
  • Attention to detail and precision in communicating about data/numbers.
  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to think strategically and execute tactically.
  • Must be entrepreneurial, taking initiative and being proactive.

  • Bachelor's degree required; communications, journalism, English, or related degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in external relations, including media relations or marketing.
  • Knowledge of Washington and press corps and public policy community.
  • Experience with promoting content through social media and other digital channels.
  • Proficiency with media outreach/tracking tools like Meltwater, Cision or Leadership Directories.
  • Experience managing and using Salesforce or similar contact databases.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

FLSA Status: Exempt

This position typically starts at $70,000 per year.


Pew Research Center staff may work virtually from remote locations up to three days in a standard work week. Staff are required to be present in the Center's Washington, D.C. office on two core days weekly (Tues. and Wed.).

Application procedure

Click on the Apply button, and complete required fields. Both cover letter and resume are required.

When requested, please upload a copy of your resume/cv, as well as a copy of your cover letter in the section labeled Resume/Cover Letter. If the documents have successfully uploaded, you should see 2 attached files beneath the "Drop files here" box. Please make sure you have uploaded a resume AND a cover letter before moving on to the next page.

Total Rewards

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center's employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes:
  • Affordable, comprehensive health care that includes medical, dental (including adult orthodontia) and vision benefits.
  • Generous paid annual leave plan, including a winter break between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Employer-paid disability, life insurance and paid family leave plans
  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
  • A 37.5-hour workweek.
  • Health savings or flexible spending account options with employer funding component.
  • Flexibility to telework up to 60% for most staff


Pew Research Center make s employment decisions 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. We champion inclusion, diversity and equity , and w e encourage applications from candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

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