Senior Associate, Communications

Brussels, Belgium - with travel around Europe
competitive salary and excellent benefits package
06 Jun 2017
18 Jul 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

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 invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


The Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences, and protect and advance the Pew brand. 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 production of the highest quality work, and effectively steward Pew's resources.

Position Overview

This position, based in Pew's Brussels office, reports to the Manager, Communications based in London, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting Pew's environmental work. The Senior Associate supports work primarily on the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe campaign, including the development of public facing and specialized audience campaign communications, mobilizing public engagement in projects and promoting issues and spokespeople in international and country specific media. The position will also support other Pew EU marine activities as determined by the manager, Communications.

The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities, and proven writing and editing abilities for print and online platforms, as well as experience working with networks of supporters, media relations, and senior staff support. Fluent French and strong proficiency in Spanish (writing and speaking) is desirable.

Media Relations, Public Engagement, and Communications Strategy 

  • Develops and implements communications strategies that support the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe Campaign;
  • Manages and implements media outreach targeting policymakers and other influential leaders, with a focus on Europe with targeted country media, especially France, Spain and Brussels;
  • Develops and cultivates relationships with a comprehensive list of journalists, editors, producers and thought leaders in various EU countries, especially France, Spain and Brussels;
  • Participates in communications and strategic planning to ensure communications strategy is aligned with organizational goals and regularly informs project staff of media outreaches efforts and results;
  • Manages rapid response process for media coverage, involving relevant colleagues within the program staff and Pew Communications, as appropriate;
  • Arranges media interviews in multi-lingual platforms for spokespersons and helps with preparation for interviews and public appearances;
  • Produces talking points for spokespersons, staff, and coalition partners;
  • Coordinates media tracking, selection, and electronic distribution of clips to the appropriate project team members;
  • Responds to media inquiries and is available for communications tasks outside of working hours on a reasonable basis; coordinates responses as needed with senior communications colleagues to ensure professionalism and message consistency;
  • Provides technical assistance on media relations and campaign communications to coalition partners;
  • Creates and maintains media lists and press materials. 

Publications, Writing, Online & Multimedia Communications

  • Writes and edits communications materials personally, or in collaboration with project staff and Pew's editorial team, including press releases, advisories, statements, speeches, presentations, fact sheets, web analyses, policy briefs, brochures, and other communications materials for public dissemination;
  • Works with digital team members to develop, write, and edit materials for the web and social media, and assist in developing and executing digital strategy that optimizes usage of online tools;
  • Works in collaboration with digital, multimedia, and graphic design colleagues to develop infographics, videos, and other materials that help achieve project goals;
  • Assists programs in preparing research and advocacy reports for publication on Pew's website; serves as a liaison with program for communications' digital, graphic, multimedia, and editorial staff.


  • Ensures that internal and external audiences are kept apprised of project updates through newsletters, mailings, and other vehicles for direct communications;
  • Coordinates activities with colleagues, especially in Europe and the United States, and of other organizations with whom we are working;
  • Provides communications coordination support to program staff, including handling clearance and approvals as required;
  • Maintains regular reporting systems to keep Pew colleagues updated on project developments and potential communications challenges;
  • Contributes to the management of Pew communications calendars, and the weekly communications report.


  • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of topics relevant to the project, to most effectively carry out all of the activities listed above;
  • Contributes to and participates in communications department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and/or committees as needed;
  • Assists other communications program teams as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned;
  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience required in media relations and campaign communications, preferably with public policy or nonprofit advocacy organizations;
  • Understanding of traditional and social media with a keen sense of how to adapt to changes in the landscape;
  • Experience in creating and maintaining media lists from different countries and different languages;
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Good project management skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated political skills and judgment;
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral communications skills in both French and English, including ability to synthesize material, focus on the essence of an issue or research findings and then communicate it to a broader audience in a captivating manner;
  • Experience in working with a network of supporters;
  • European media experience, including media placement;
  • Ability to work productively in a nonpartisan way with a wide array of different and culturally diverse people;
  • Ability to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with agreed strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Sound judgment, ability to make decisions, and be responsive, clear and sensitive with colleagues and partners;
  • Fluency in French (speaking and writing) is required, as well as a strong proficiency in Spanish (speaking and writing) is desirable;
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.


Occasional travel to attend meetings and conferences. It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel in Europe.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

The Pew Charitable Trusts 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.