Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Internal Number: 107488-en_US
Join a talented and growing team in University Communications to help tell our community and the world about some of the important work happening at one of the worlds leading universities—including difference-making investments in the student experience; diversity, equity, and inclusion; the Baltimore community; and strengthening democracy in the U.S. and around the world.
Johns Hopkins seeks an effective, enterprising, versatile, creative, and nimble Communications Specialist to help chronicle the daily activities of the university. You will work with peers in communications and partners across the institution to learn and write about some of our most important strategic priorities and the people behind them, promoting understanding and appreciation of Johns Hopkins by developing engaging stories.
The successful candidate will have creative ideas about how to best tell these stories and help them find an audience, cultivating strong relationships across the university and working closely with colleagues in video, photography, social media, and design. They will be proactive, personable, curious, and have demonstrated experience writing effectively about the activities and strategic priorities of a major organization.
The successful candidate will also perform other duties as assigned to advance the mission of University Communications.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Identify and develop compelling stories about the work and key strategic initiatives of the university and the activities of its students, faculty, and staff.
- Write brief news stories about a wide range of university activities, with a focus on university administration and the work of the Office of Economic Development and Community. Partnerships, the Office of Government and Community Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other groups.
- Regularly contribute ideas to content planning and brainstorming discussions.
- Proactively collaborate with communications colleagues to create compelling digital packages with video, audio, photos, illustrations and/or infographics.
- Edit, proofread, and produce content for publication on the universitys news website.
- Contribute to the development of newsletters and other editorial materials as needed.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Familiarity and experience with A.P. style.
- Ability to work with web content management systems, such as Drupal or WordPress.
- Ability to communicate effectively via social media.
- Experience editing photos in Photoshop or other similar software.
- Experience with metrics performance tracking systems, particularly Google Analytics.
- Bachelor's Degree in related field.
- Two years related experience.
- Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
- Strong news judgment and demonstrated skills in reporting, writing, and/or editing.
- Strong interpersonal communications skills with individuals of all levels in an organization.
- Strong organizational, multitasking, and time-management skills.
- Fast-paced, efficient mode of working and high productivity.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends, as necessary)
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.
Classified Title: Communications Specialist
Starting Salary Range: $44,850-$61,600-$78,360 Annually (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday/ 8:30am - 5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/JH at Keswick
Department name: University Communications
Personnel area: University Administration
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.
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