Communications Assistant

Pew Research Center, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedNovember 16, 2018
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center's work is carried out by a staff of about 160.


Pew Research Center is searching for two Communications Assistants. Communications Assistants are member of the Pew Research Center's communications team who assists in media relations; handles general email and phone correspondence; updates contact databases; monitors a variety of quantitative indicators related to dissemination; and provides administrative and logistical support for events and other activities. The position reports to a Communications Senior Manager.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with media relations by monitoring and compiling daily press clips.
  • Assist with stakeholder/public relations by answering the communications phone line, checking general information email accounts and following up with communications colleagues and researchers as appropriate; responding to requests for information and permissions; maintaining stakeholder mailing lists; and assisting with the distribution of publications.
  • Update, maintain and help build communications contact lists using Salesforce and Excel.
  • Assist with editorial outreach by copy-editing and fact-checking, as needed.
  • Assist with internal communications efforts, as needed.
  • Assist with external events and meetings. Maintain and update collateral materials.
  • Assist communications team with administrative tasks, as needed.


Knowledge & Skills Requirements


Excellent writing and editing skills. Familiarity with AP Style is a plus.

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills. Ability to build and cultivate relationships with colleagues within communications and across functional teams. Confident telephone manner; comfortable making calls to and fielding calls from media organizations and the public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in media and current topics.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time, plan and identify resources for projects. Comfortable asking questions and adopting a proactive, client-oriented approach.
  • Flexibility to work as part of a team as well as independently to meet goals. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
  • Ability to maintain high quality of work under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Familiarity with Cision, Leadership Directories, Salesforce a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism or communications.
  • One to two years related experience.
  • Washington experience is a plus.


FLSA Status: Non-exempt



Application Procedure

A complete application will include the following required items:

  • A cover letter highlighting your skills and describing in detail your experience.
  • A resume.


Due to the volume of applications received, applicants will be notified only if they are selected for interviews.


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.


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