Working at Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center is a great place to work, learn and grow. Our culture is open, collegial, collaborative, supportive and down-to-earth. Our staff is made up of smart, talented, mission-driven people who care deeply about the work they do.

We are led by political scientist Michael Dimock and have a staff of more than 180 people. Our experts combine the observational and storytelling skills of journalists with the analytical rigor of social scientists. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including social science researchers, data scientists, survey methodologists, journalists, graphic artists, web developers, communications professionals, and administrative support and operations staff.

In our work we value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency, and innovation.  An extension of these values is our vision of a positive, welcoming workplace built on respect, collaboration, openness, accountability, and community building – one where everyone can thrive and contribute to the mission.

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Job opening: Vice President, Communications 

Pew Research Center is partnering with Carrington & Carrington, Ltd., Diversity Executive Search to find its next Vice President, Communications to join our five-person executive team. This individual will be responsible for refining, implementing, and evolving the Center’s outreach strategy over time, with the aim of promoting and enhancing the Center’s reputation for rigorous, nonpartisan research, expanding and diversifying our audiences, and positioning Pew Research Center as a leader in communicating complex data in both narrative and non-narrative forms across multiple platforms. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the VP, Communications oversees all aspects of the Pew Research Center’s communications, including media relations, website development, digital publication, reputation/brand management, audience strategy, and manages a fully integrated dissemination plan that includes publications, newsletters, extensive social media, staff speaking engagements, onsite and virtual events, and partnerships. Download the full position description for more details and instructions on how to apply.

Job opening: Vice President, Research

Pew Research Center is partnering with Russell Reynolds Associates to fill the critical position of Vice President of Research. The Vice President will play several inter-related roles. Reporting to the EVP and serving on the five-member executive team, the VP will curate the Center’s research agenda and oversee all research work including project performance, staff development, and thought leadership. The VP will work closely with the VP for methods and innovation to ensure a best -in-class research product during a time of constant change on the methodological front. At the same time, the VP will partner with the incoming VP for communications to re-evaluate their products and audience in light of the ever-shifting digital media landscape and the evolving opportunities to put data directly into the hands of the interested public. Review the full position description for more details and instructions on how to apply. 

As a preeminent research organization with national and global reach, the Center provides a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth. Supporting our staff’s continuous learning and development is critical to maintaining the excellence of our research and advancing the mission of the Center, and we strive to create an environment where people can contribute their best work./

Because Pew Research Center aims to inform policymakers and the public by holding a mirror to society, it is important to us to reflect our society’s many voices, backgrounds and perspectives. Being inclusive, diverse and equitable is foundational to the Center’s mission and is integral to how we, at the Center, achieve excellence. View staff demographics.

Total Rewards

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards packagethat includes:

  • Affordable, comprehensive health care and employer-paid disability and life insurance.
  • Generous paid annual leave plan.
  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
  • A 37.5-hour workweek.
  • All staff are eligible to telework up to 60% of each week. 

How to apply

All open positions are posted on our careers site.  To search for job openings, you can search by department, position type, or just hit “Search” which will show you all current openings. If you are interested in more than one opportunity, apply to each position separately and include a separate cover letter for each opening.

Cover letters are required for a complete application.  In your cover letter, please tell us about why this particular job is interesting to you.  Highlight your skills and describe in detail your experience that is most relevant to the position.

If you are chosen to move forward, a member of our HR team will reach out to you to schedule a phone interview.  There are typically 2-3 rounds of interviews and they can include video calls, in-person meetings, and skills assessments.

All jobs are all based in our office in Washington, DC.  We are unable to accommodate full-time remote work.  Relocation assistance is available for some positions.  Due to the high volume of applicants, if you are not selected you will not be notified until the position has been closed.

We place a priority on providing a safe and supportive environment for our staff. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to ensure that safety by requiring full vaccination against the virus.

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