Job Description

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.

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

Position Overview
This position, based in Pew's Brisbane office, reports to the Manager, Communications based in Melbourne, and is a member of the Pew communications staff supporting Pew's environmental work. The Senior Associate supports work primarily on the Outback to Oceans 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. 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.

Salary Range: $84,000-$94,000 AUD depending on experience.

Media Relations, Public Engagement, and Communications Strategy

  • Implements media and communications strategies that support Pew’s short and long-term campaign objectives in Australia.
  • Provides accurate and timely advice and support to Pew’s campaign team leaders.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with national, state and regional print, television, radio and online reporters, and strategically cultivates stories on campaign issues.
  • Writes media releases, alerts, and background briefing documents for reporters and broadcast producers.
  • Develops story ideas and pitches them to reporters, including identification of media opportunities and generating feature articles for relevant publications, websites and other platforms.
  • Coordinates campaign response to all media calls and enquiries.
  • Designs and implements media events, including traditional news conferences and in-person and telephone briefings.
  • Compiles and analyses media coverag
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