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Job Req ID:  5551

Communications Specialist


Classified Title:  Communications Specialist

Role/Level/Range: ATP/3/PB

Starting Salary Range: $42,256 - $58,040 commensurate with experience

Employee Group:  Full-time

Employee Subgroup: Exempt

Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Location:  Wolfe St Bldg.

Department Name: International Health

Personnel Area: School of Public Health


General Summary/Purpose:


As a new university-wide interdisciplinary initiative, the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW) facilitates collaborative opportunities for multidisciplinary research. It also shares new knowledge and innovation generated by Johns Hopkins researchers to address global health equity issues.


Throughout the year, the AHW will plan, organize, and host a variety of program activities, services and tools designed to engage diverse communities across the university. These activities are core to the Alliance’s mission and include a grants program, student scholars program, a variety of educational and networking events (such as symposia, seminar series, workshops, committee meetings and donor events), dissemination of innovative research and a library of educational resources (such as factsheets, infographics, videos and webinars).


This position works closely with the AHW Communications Lead and is responsible for supporting the planning and execution of AHW events; and supporting implementation of communications strategies (including content development, messaging, branding, marketing) for the above-mentioned program activities.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities


Key responsibilities include: writing, editing, and researching activities, event planning, media relations, website and social media content, and general support as needed. Support the implementation of a comprehensive strategic communications plan for the Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW).


Support the promotion and delivery of AHW events, programs and products through a variety of approaches including web, print, and in-person for both internal and external audiences.




Assist with/Support planning, logistics, delivery and evaluation of AHW events. Coordinate timelines to ensure all events are executed efficiently and effectively with a focus on details. Consistently handle multiple events and priorities including logistics of booking venues, negotiating vendors (caterers, printers, A/V groups, printers. etc.) and other resources such parking and public safety. Perform site visits, oversee event operations including set up, hosting and clean-up/close out of events.

Work with the Communications leader to optimize visibility of events including multimedia coverage and pre-event promotion. Prepare and disseminate event promotion content. Coordinate processes for guest registration and AHW team event briefings.


Prepare event summary materials and follow-up for all event activities. Prepare evaluation reports incorporating the analysis of event effectiveness and then assist with efforts to improve and adjust strategy, methods, and practices.


Content Creation & Strategy:


Execute day-to-day AHW communications with various internal and external audiences.

  • Develop written and visual content tailored for specific audiences to be shared via AHW’s website, social media channels and university-wide announcements
  • Draft and edit op-eds, letters to the editor, news releases, talking points, presentations and other materials
  • Edit and format documents by AHW faculty and staff to ensure relevance and accessibility to non-experts such as potential donors, journalists, implementing partners, policy makers and researchers from other disciplines


Support maintenance of AHW editorial content calendar.  Coordinate timing, preparation needs for content development and ensure alignment with AHW annual calendar of events, grant deadlines, other significant milestones.


Support reinforcement of the AHW brand (identity, reputation and visibility).  Ensure visual consistency and appropriate tone of materials disseminated.


Support development and implementation of a AHW social media strategy. Curate relevant information to share with AHW stakeholders, monitor public mentions of AHW and related researchers. Track and analyze social media effectiveness.


Stay abreast of relevant global health news, developments and events and keep AHW faculty and staff up to date as needed.  Update and maintain a calendar of AHW-related opportunities such as award submission dates, significant dates in the global health arena such as conferences, thematic days, and other related events.




Establish and maintain audience profiles and contact details of relevant individuals from JHU divisions, departments, centers and institutes


Prepare content for AHW university-wide announcements and coordinate dissemination via platforms such as AHW news blog, AHW social media accounts, and newsletters and quarterly magazines of schools, departments and centers.


Media Relations:


Support development of a media relations strategy.


Establish and maintain a media list. Coordinate and respond to media requests for subject matter experts in AHW areas.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience coordinating communications or events in a professional setting.
  • Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. *


Preferred Qualifications


  • Five (5) years progressively responsible related experience, in communications, marketing, journalism or planning and coordinating events in higher education with communications support preferred.
  • Experience with higher education institutions and working with global health organizations
  • Experience working with journalists and media organizations.  Expertise on the Johns Hopkins infrastructure and collaborative opportunities across divisions
  • Professional proficiency with InDesign, Illustrator, photo editing software and website content managers.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities


  • Strong professional writing, research, and editing skills.  Experience making complex topics accessible for non-expert audiences
  • Professional experience repackaging written content for targeted audiences across various mediums
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into digestible written and visual content for web and social media.
  • Ability to interact and work effectively with a diverse range of internal clients including leadership, faculty, scientists, researchers, staff and students, and committee members
  • Must enjoy and demonstrate a strong ability to work independently as well as a member of a team in creating new content while maintaining collaborative relationships.
  • Comfortable in a position requiring multi-tasking. Must function effectively and professionally in a fast-paced environment. Must have the ability to focus on details and follow through to completion within time constraints.
  • Capacity to manage several activities simultaneously relying on strong organizational skills, self-motivation and excellent communication skills. Proven ability to prioritize workload.
  • Ability to move easily throughout the campus and to off-site event locations to pick up/deliver materials and set up/take down for events.
  • Evening work with some travel for selected events is possible.






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