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Company: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Director, Executive Editor, Stateline
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
August 19, 2014
Job ID: 1600471


Pew Overview:

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 stimulate 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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


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.


Project Overview

Based in Washington, D.C., Stateline is a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Launched in 1998, it is a web-based source of analysis and intelligence from state capitals on a variety of issues. It produces 20 originally reported articles on key state policy issues in four subject areas: health care, fiscal and economic policy, demographics, and the business of government. It also offers email newsletters with original content and links to other sources identifying emerging issues and trends in the 50 states. Stateline also produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series, and intensive, ongoing coverage of major trends—e.g., how states are responding to ongoing fiscal pressures, or how states are handling health policy issues. Stateline’s readership includes thousands of state officials, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, students of state government and ordinary citizens. The content appears at, and is also distributed via news outlets including USA Today, Huffington Post, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, among others.


Position Overview

This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, will oversee Stateline and will be responsible for maintaining the high quality and volume of Stateline’s online products, representing the project internally and externally, and producing original content. The individual also will explore ways in which Stateline’s work can achieve greater distribution, reach and impact, including but not limited to developing content partnerships with other media outlets, and facilitating collaboration between Stateline and other Pew projects.


  • Oversee a staff of 3 editors, 10 reporters and occasional freelancers. Determine and oversee strategic direction of the editorial staff.
  • Set overall editorial tone and direction for Stateline, with an expectation of producing accurate, high-quality stories, graphics, special reports, and interactives that are of interest to Pew’s audience.
  • Identify and assess potential opportunities for content partnerships.
  • Represent Stateline with the media and promote the work of Stateline to constituent groups through speeches, panel discussions, and other relevant activities. Work with Pew Communications staff to strengthen and expand Stateline’s profile and credibility among its target audiences.
  • Work closely with Pew leaders and staff in the Pew Philanthropic Group to identify and cultivate potential funders for Stateline’s work.
  • Oversee and manage Stateline’s day-to-day operations and quality control. Help edit complex stories and series to completion.
  • Support the editor and managing editor in their roles as Stateline’s primary liaisons to Pew staff in web, graphic design, and publications, to ensure strong coordination, collaboration, and accuracy in the production and posting of Stateline’s content on the Pew website and through robust use of social media.
  • Encourage and facilitate collaboration between Stateline staff and Pew researchers to share information and ideas about policy developments and trends in and across the states.

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

  • Significant and demonstrated expertise in public policy matters and at least 10 years of experience in researching, reporting, writing, editing and idea development for publication in an outlet with a reputation for fairness, accuracy and text readable by an audience with a variety of interests, as well as at least four years of aiding other with those disciplines in a supervisory capacity.
  • Minimum of two years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience working within the world of online journalism. Significant experience managing cross platform, multi-media journalism teams.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial and strategic thinking; track record of conceiving and building innovative media strategies, products, and content partnerships. Experience with fundraising and business planning strongly preferred.
  • A large, existing network of news industry contacts and a willingness to tap them to help create content partnerships and explore options.
  • Flexibility and the ability to think creatively, effectively prioritize, and identify resources for projects. Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent judgment in practical matters and critical decisions, choosing wisely after contemplating various courses of action.
  • Strong public speaking skills. Confidence in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Ability to understand organizational structure and culture and work through administrative systems.
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Nonpartisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
  • An ability to understand and integrate data into articles when appropriate.


Travel for occasional meetings and conferences.


Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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