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Job Req ID:  14893

Communications Associate

General Summary/Purpose

The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision-making and action. IVAC’s work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.

IVAC seeks to fill a Communications Associate position to support programmatic and communications activities for projects focused on translating and disseminating evidence and developing advocacy messages and resources for routine immunization. The Communications Associate will be a member of the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications (PAC) team and will provide scientific communications and advocacy support to three projects disseminate evidence and accelerate global access to routine immunization:

  • Value of Immunization Compendium of Evidence (VoICE) and Pneumonia and Diarrhea Advocacy (StopPneumonia) – approximately 50%
  • Sustaining Access to Vaccination in India (SAVI) – approximately 30%
  • Targeted Assessment Study Coordination (TASC) – approximately 20%

Specific responsibilities will vary from month to month depending on project needs and will not exceed 100% FTE at any point in time.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Position overall objectives and specific responsibilities

  • Conduct targeted literature reviews and synthesize available literature
  • Develop and review technical materials, including fact sheets, brochures, slide decks, and other resources
  • Develop content for infectious disease, immunization, and health system-focused blogs and other digital media
  • Represent projects on advocacy partner coalition teleconferences and with external partners, as
  • Plan and support implementation of advocacy events
  • Manage public-facing websites and support website management for other projects as needed
  • Generate new website, social media, and other content both independently and through cross-sharing from partners
  • Implement project strategies and work plans as developed by project lead
  • Support project lead in tracking metrics and completing grant reporting
  • Participate in writing, editing and disseminating IVAC’s annual Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report
  • Develop materials and curricula for technical capacity building efforts
  • Review manuscripts of recently completed immunization related studies and abstract key ideas and results
  • Participate in the creation of media materials and launch planning events
  • Content creation for a variety of vaccine and vaccine preventable disease related topics for posting on web-based tools, twitter and through the IVAC general media list.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in related field.

Four (4) years related experience.


Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the * 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 the 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

Master’s degree in related field preferred

Communications, advocacy or journalism experience

  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent technical communications skills and ability to write for a range of audiences
  • Ability to communicate scientific information in easily understandable concepts and pieces
  • Ability to understand and synthesize scientific literature, distill large amounts of information, and generate key messages
  • Ability to appropriately communicate with external partners
  • Knowledge of vaccines, pneumonia, diarrhea and other major global infectious diseases, and understanding of basic epidemiologic and statistical concepts.
  • Experience with social media and website content generation and management
  • Experience leading/managing projects and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently and in teams
  • Ability to work well under pressure with demanding and/or shifting deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Wordpress, and citation manager software
  • Experience in vaccines and immunization, health systems, infectious diseases, or a related area
  • Experience developing training curricula
  • Experience with design software/programs (i.e. Canva, Adobe InDesign, others)




Classified Title: Communications Associate 
Working Title: Scientific Communications Associate
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $58,695 - $80,625/ commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 5:00p / 37.5 hours per week
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 60000552-IH - Int'l Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University


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