Organization Overview

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 140.

The Center’s communications and dissemination efforts encompass multiple facets, including digital publication, promotion of Center research across multiple channels (web, social media, print, data, etc.), outreach to major news organizations, developing and maintaining relationships with an elite audience of thought-leaders and influencers, and overall audience research and development. Pew Research Center is a high-volume digital publisher, producing 150+ reports, 400+ analytical blog entries, and 50+ data interactives and stand-alone visualizations a year, drawing more than 30 million visitors to its website annually and driving extensive press coverage domestically and internationally.

Position Summary

Pew Research Center is currently seeking an innovative and motivated Vice President, Strategic Communications and Outreach to join our leadership team. This individual will be responsible for developing and implementing the Center’s communications strategy, with the aim of promoting and enhancing the Center’s reputation for rigorous, nonpartisan research, expanding our domestic and international audiences and positioning Pew Research Center as a leader in communicating about complex data in both narrative and non-narrative forms including data visualization, motion graphics, etc.

The VP, Strategic Communications and Outreach oversees all aspects of the Pew Research Center’s communications, including media relations, website development, digital publication, audience strategy, and managing a fully integrated dissemination plan that includes staff speaking engagements, onsite and offsite events, publications, newsletters, partnerships and sponsorships.

Reporting directly to the Pew Research Center’s President, the VP, Strategic Communications and Outreach contributes to the organization’s overall planning and development.  The Vice President directly supervises the Center’s Communications Director, Director for Digital Strategy and Senior Digital Editor, who in turn oversee a combined staff of more than 40 communication and digital professionals.

The VP, Strategic Communications and Outreach is expected to be a “big picture” thinker who can separate digital and data journalism trends from fads, who understands that our relevance is not only about being interesting as much as it is about being important, and who will be aggressive in both protecting and expanding the Center’s reputation for unrivalled research quality, relevance and clarity.

Externally, the VP, Strategic Communications and Outreach is a key ambassador for the organization and helps to build relationships with the media and major stakeholders. And because part of the Center’s mission is to be a leader and innovator in the field of communicating about data and research, the VP, Strategic Communications and Outreach is actively engaged in professional communities focused on data journalism, data visualization and communications technology.

Primary Responsibilities

Strategy, Vision and Leadership

Stakeholder Engagement

Brand/Reputation Management

Digital and Publishing Operations

Institutional Communications


Knowledge and Skills Requirements

FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Procedure

Applicant should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) with salary expectations to Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.