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Pew Charitable Trusts
December 7, 2021
Washington, Dist. Columbia
Contact Name
Yessenia Cruz-Abreu


Description: The position oversees communications for safety and justice projects (public safety performance, mental health and justice partnerships, and civil legal system modernization), which through research, technical assistance, partnerships, and advocacy, help policymakers identify emergent trends and adopt evidence-based reforms to improve outcomes in the legal system.


Communications Strategy:

Provide senior leadership to project communications teams and strategic communications counsel to key staff to create and execute comprehensive, integrated communications strategies that advance Pew’s research, analysis, and policy objectives.
Oversee communications for federal, state, and local initiatives with the goal of influencing critical government decisions and informing the public.
Develop communications strategies for new and growing projects in collaboration with the Senior Director, Communications, and program leadership.
Direct development of contracts and consultants when needed, to ensure highest degree of service delivery quality and standards for the unit.
Guide the integration of consistent messaging and prioritization of outreach within and across multiple initiatives, and stakeholders at the federal and/or state and local level.
Media Relations:

Cultivate and develop strategic media relationships. Translate complicated policy issues into messages that resonate with media and policymakers.
Direct the creation, development, and implementation of effective media strategies that contribute to a well-defined public presence for Pew projects and initiatives.
Generate positive media coverage in new and creative ways; effectively curtail negative press; manage overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, and advocacy communities.
Monitor media coverage and adjust communications strategies as appropriate to accomplish Pew’s goals.
Work with the Senior Director, Communications, and communications staff to create proactive media opportunities for senior leadership and experts, providing guidance for effectively delivering the organization’s message.
Creative Collaboration:

Direct collaboration of communications project teams with Pew’s digital, multimedia, strategy, creative, and editorial teams, ensuring message fidelity and the highest quality execution to achieve program goals.
Work with communications peers from across the institution to identify and leverage best practices.
Communications Leadership:

Serve as part of the senior leadership team of communications staff supporting the program division, assisting the Senior Director, Communications with management and development of a high-performing, cohesive, and smoothly functioning staff.
Provide strategic and tactical counsel in difficult situations that may arise to protect organizational reputation and ability to achieve program goals.
Support senior program leadership with internal and external communications needs, ranging from reporting to the executive office and the board, to public speaking and media interviews.
Directly manage a staff of five people.
Perform other duties or special projects as needed.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; graduate degree in public affairs, public policy, or journalism a plus.
A minimum of twelve years of experience in successful policy-oriented campaigns, advocacy, and strategic communications at the state and federal level required. State government, Capitol Hill, or executive branch or agency experience in related policy areas and nonprofit communications experience is preferred.
Minimum of five years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel. Management experience in a multi-site, matrixed environment also required. Must be flexible, creative, and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. Must demonstrate strong collaborative spirit and leadership ability.
Strong national/state media contacts. Deep understanding of the rapidly evolving media and communications landscape and demonstrated experience in gaining the attention of reporters and editors.
Strong messaging and content creation skills.
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.
Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with program and project staff, consultants, and others involved in developing or implementing communications for Pew. Excellent listening skills.
Ability 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.
Proven experience in taking projects from conception to successful launch.
Entrepreneurial, with an understanding of related policy issues.

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