The communications associate is a member of the communications team whose primary focus will be promoting the center’s research on promoting the work of Pew Research Center’s Religion/Internet and Technology/Science research areas.
The communications associate will promote and disseminate findings through media relations, stakeholder engagement, event planning, publications and social-media outreach. The communications associate is skilled in working independently as well as part of a team; and can demonstrate initiative, professionalism and attention to detail. The communications associate has excellent verbal and written communication skills, and is comfortable communicating about statistics and data. The position reports to the associate director of communications and will work closely with the communications managers for the three relevant research areas.
Serves as initial point of contact for external inquiries, especially media inquiries; responds to incoming requests promptly, accurately and efficiently
Reaches out to print, broadcast and online media through press releases, media advisories, pitch calls and social media
Shares the responsibility for creating, updating and maintaining lists of media and other key stakeholders; identifies new people and organizations within our target audiences
Assists with developing social media outreach to promote the center’s research
Arranges interviews for experts, including coordinating logistics
Tracks and documents, through spreadsheets and written reports, the results of external outreach activities, in part to fulfill institutional metrics and reporting requirements
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of religion, technology and/or science issues. Knowledge of, and interest in, polling, data science and other research preferred.
Facility with numbers and statistics
Superior writing and verbal communication skills, including knowledge of AP style
Must be detail-oriented
Must have excellent judgment
Must be proactive and customer-oriented
Must be highly organized, able to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work well in team-oriented environment
Must be able to think strategically and work tactically
Bachelor’s degree required; communications, journalism, English, or international relations degree preferred
3-5 years of relevant experience in external relations, including media relations
Knowledge of Washington and international press corps and public policy community
Experience with social media and web marketing campaigns
Experience with tools related to media outreach, including Cision, Factiva and Critical Mention
Experience managing and using Salesforce or similar contact databases
Experience with Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Pew Research Center 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.