Communications Specialist

Requisition #: 312004

Range: PB

Level: 3

Salary: $41,427 - $56,903/annual

Status: Full Time

School: Bloomberg School of Public Health

Location: JH at 111 Market Place

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Administrative

Contact: Human Resources - (410) 955-2990

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General Description

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) works to inspire healthy behaviors worldwide utilizing social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and capacity building. K4Health, a 5 year USAID supported project, supports improved family planning and global health services through the creation, capture, synthesis, curation, sharing and application of knowledge.

K4Health’s primary audiences are health program managers and health care providers working in family planning and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries. The K4Health project also works with and through local nongovernmental organizations, USAID Missions, implementing partners, professional associations, donors, and international nongovernmental organizations, coalitions and advocates working at the district, national, regional and/or global levels.

As a key member of the project team, the Communications Specialist will provide technical, administrative, operations, and managerial support to the K4Health portfolio, under the guidance of the Communications Director. The Communications Specialist is responsible for day-to-day problem solving, technical input, coordination among partners, and ensuring that project implementation is moving in accordance with CCP policies and procedures. The Communications Specialist will bring enthusiasm and passion to the K4Health team in Baltimore.

This position requires strong writing and editing skills, and experience with project reporting and documentation. The ideal candidate should be a good writer and online facilitator, detail-oriented, comfortable and familiar with new media, able to prioritize and take on challenging initiatives, be organized and feel comfortable working with diverse colleagues. Other qualities include a strong work ethic, resourcefulness, and inquisitiveness.

Essential duties and responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

Communications tasks:

Assist in management of K4Health presence across social media channels. Develop content to share across social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Monitor social media presence through monthly reporting to provide progress reports, while continually finding ways to improve on those metrics. Maintain daily activity of posts/updates/tweets and existing social media accounts by interacting and engaging with followers to expand community. Implement the K4Health Social Media Calendar with online activity. Explore new social media platforms.

Create K4Health and field support related content for monthly e-newsletters, website, and possible blog posts and other dissemination channels. Look for opportunities on other organizational and public health websites to blog on behalf of K4Health. Assist with print and other dissemination publications, including:

- Prepare factsheets, policy briefs, and presentations for various meetings, debriefings, and professional conferences.

- Write and review various types of reports for the project, including semi-annual and annual reports.

- Coordinate the copy-edit and layout of project reports and other deliverables.

Technical and Backstopping Tasks:

Ensure specific work plan activities are implemented as expected and in a timely manner. Trouble-shoot during activity implementation to ensure goals are met according to CCP quality standards. Monitor progress of selected K4Health activities against the work plan and provide updates to senior staff. Review all deliverables prior to submission. Ensure deliverables are submitted to USAID in a timely fashion and follow-up on deliverable approval and subsequent dissemination. Manage the procurement of vendors, consultants, goods, and services according to CCP policy (this includes conducting competitive bidding, preparing paperwork, finalizing contracts, supervision of the work, review and approval of deliverables, and following-up on payments).

Administrative tasks:

Contribute to planning and preparation for meetings. Initiate own travel arrangements, travel reimbursements, and travel-related tasks.

Knowledge management tasks:

Participate in one CCP Community of Practice. Complete at least two JHU training courses (1-3 day programs) related to job duties (as discussed & approved by your supervisor) each year. Submit project materials for inclusion on the CCP internal knowledge management system, and identify materials on that system that are out-of-date. Maintain CCP’s shared network drives updated and complete


This position has no assigned supervisory duties, but may assist in mentorship of student interns.


Bachelor's degree in related field.

Two (2) years of relevant experience.

Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Fluency in English is required. Foreign language proficiency a bonus, especially French. Experience with social media platforms in professional setting, including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,.

Experience with leveraging social media management and analytics tools, including SproutSocial and Adobe Spark.

Excellent writing and editing skills. Experience writing and crafting content for social media, blog posts, and other synthesis products.

Ability to simplify jargon or technical information into more digestible and interesting stories.

Familiarity with technical knowledge of global health, statistics, and development.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Self-starter with a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Proven ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Strong project-management, strategic-thinking, and analytical skills.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior related digital media production experience preferred.

Knowledge of international development; familiarity with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other international donors is preferred.

Preferred experience in or willing to learn graphic design programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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