JOB: Creative communications director

Outdoor Market: jobAbout the employer:
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 improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. Since transforming to a public charity in 2004, they have gained the ability to run our own projects and have greater flexibility to fulfill their public service mission. As a result, over the past seven years the organization has grown significantly, tripling in size and expanding the scope of their work nationally as well as internationally. Pew partners with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to practical, fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.
Pew is an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds, 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. Their offices are located in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Brussels and London, and our staff spans other regions of the United States and Australia.
Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. They are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.
The job:
The communications department plays an instrumental role in positioning Pew to achieve their programmatic and institutional goals. Pew recently completed a detailed assessment of their communications needs and internal structure, and having learned from their past successes and challenges, the department is in the process of reorganizing to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. 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 manage the Pew brand, ensure the production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.
Position overview:
The Pew Charitable Trusts is seeking a director of creative communications that will be responsible for the overall vision and management of the Institution’s creative products, both in print and online. The director of creative communications is charged with determining the best ways to visually represent the Pew Charitable Trusts identity by developing design concepts that advance the organizational brand as well as producing effective print and online products.
The director of creative communications intakes requests for graphics creation/strategies/planning and then assigns all projects for the internal creative staff and manages/contracts with third-party design vendors as required. He/she must understand and be able to balance the translation of project reports, publications and campaign objectives into engaging user-centric design and interactive applications that may include Web-based data visualizations, infographics, video graphics, print templates and printed material. The director of creative communications will play the lead role in establishing and providing oversight for brand standards and guidelines for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • This position is part of the communications department and will report directly to the deputy director of digital and creative. The position is based at a Washington, D.C. office.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts or related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience leading creative engagements and teams across print and digital projects.
  • Must be proficient in both print and Web design capabilities with an understanding of integrated campaigns across multi-channel distribution platforms.
  • In depth knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography & limitations of the Web; must have the ability to storyboard or translate ideas to designers and developers.
  • Experience working with and creating motion graphic and data visualization solutions.
  • A strong working knowledge of experience design, brand development, and creative process.
  • High proficiency in Adobe CS 5 (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign).
  • Knowledge of HTML, DHTML CSS, Actionscript and data mapping a plus.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Well organized with a sharp eye for details.
  • Experience working in and an understanding of brand positioning and graphic/symbolism in International Communications preferred.

A competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan and flexible benefit options.
Minimal travel anticipated.
Pew is an equal opportunity employer.
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