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Job Req ID:  53137

Communications & Engagement Specialist


The JHU Office of Sustainability is seeking dynamic candidates to fill the position of Communications & Engagement Specialist. The Office’s mission is to leverage the potential of Johns Hopkins University to develop innovative environmentally and socially responsible solutions that support campus management, teaching, research, and co-curricular opportunities, while benefitting our region and the world. 


The Communications & Engagement Specialist reports to the Sustainability Director and will lead the office’s portfolio of communications and engagement initiatives and bring diverse technical and people-facing capabilities to create scalable resources and relationships that empower the broader JHU community to integrate sustainability into their everyday practices.


The ideal candidate will bring a deep knowledge of sustainability issues and communications management that allows them to translate complex topics to diverse audiences using multi-media platforms, events, and speaking engagements. This individual will develop toolkits, graphics, website content, articles, and more to engage and inform university-wide audiences, while building strategic partnerships across the institution and serving as part of a growing team. Strong writing and speaking skills and a background in managing diverse communications platforms is essential.



  • Co-lead the development of a new sustainability website with external designers and internal stakeholders, and serve as the lead staff member overseeing website content and management
  • Develop articles and other written content featuring sustainability news and information to university-wide audiences while strengthening information sharing across JHU networks
  • Support the creation of behavioral toolkits, resources, and guides that provide information to foster sustainable behavior change among student, staff, and faculty audiences
  • Support a range of resource conservation programs, such as Green Labs, Green Teams, and Green Office initiatives through written content, speaking engagements, and design materials
  • Plan and organize events as needed in conjunction with university-wide and community partners
  • Serve as the graphic design lead for the office to improve marketability of sustainability content
  • Manage office’s social media accounts and content to reach internal and external audiences
  • Oversee a team of student interns to support office’s communications and engagement initiatives, while serving as a student mentor
  • Increase visibility for existing university-wide resources and events by building relationships and creating networks between schools and divisions
  • Deliver presentations to university-wide stakeholders and serve as a speaker to promote and share resources and priorities that enhance environmental literacy
  • Provide occasional communications analytics to track and measure progress on office’s reach and engagement to diverse audiences
  • Offer flexible support to other team members on an as-needed basis to enhance office projects through communications, design, and content development
  • Serve as a content expert on sustainability communications and engagement to JHU subcommittees and working groups
  • Represent JHU at select conferences, events, and consortia as a means to share research and information and ensure adoption of sector-wide best practices



  • Bachelor’s degree required in sustainability, environmental studies or science, communications or marketing, or a related field.
  • Minimum two years of progressive experience demonstrating a mix of sustainability projects, communications management, outreach and engagement initiatives, or other related experience in sustainability required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, and additional related experience may substitute for required education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. 



  • Master’s degree preferred


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Experience creating and managing multimedia communications platforms including websites, newsletters, articles, toolkits, social media, and other content
  • In-depth knowledge of complex sustainability issues spanning multiple topics such as built environment, energy, waste, transportation, food, etc.
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to translate information in verbal and written forms
  • Outstanding project management and organizational skills, including the ability to lead a project team, prioritize tasks, and provide mentoring as needed
  • Ability to manage a complex project portfolio and efficiently prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and with individuals at various levels across the university and externally
  • Strong creative acumen and strategic design thinking capabilities
  • Proficient in Adobe Suite software and other design tools as needed
  • Experience with WordPress and communications analytics desirable
  • Experience working in higher education and supervising students a plus

Classified Title: Communications Specialist 
Working Title: Communications & Engagement Specialist Communications & Engagement Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 7.5 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10001597-Sustainability 
Personnel area: University Administration


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


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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