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Job Req ID:  107062

Communications Specialist

The Office of Communications for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) helps Johns Hopkins realize its mission of providing knowledge for the world by communicating the successes and priorities of the Johns Hopkins Institutions.

The Communications Specialist researches story ideas, interviews sources, and writes and edits compelling content for several Johns Hopkins Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) publications —including the Johns Hopkins Giving site — to increase constituents’ awareness of Johns Hopkins’ philanthropic priorities and the impact of philanthropy at Johns Hopkins and around the world. This position also writes a regular column for DAR’s internal bi-monthly e-newsletter; serves as managing editor of “Hopkins Highlights,” a quarterly e-newsletter for Hopkins volunteer leaders and major donors; and manages adapted content (“toss stories”) for the Giving site, including establishing and maintaining best practices.

The Communications Specialist participates in the beat system, gathering source material from several development offices, pitching story ideas on their behalf, and executing the production and promotion of stories for print and online media. The Communications Specialist manages the Class Notes writer (casual position) for Johns Hopkins Magazine and serves as the primary liaison to the publication’s editors. The Communications Specialist also supports a content management platform to schedule and categorize editorial content.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Writer for DAR Communications editorial unit, researching, interviewing sources and writing for the Johns Hopkins Giving site, as well as managing its adapted content (“toss stories”).
  • Participate in the “beat system,” through which staff from the office establish relationships with schools and divisions for the purposes of information gathering and story development.
  • Develop and write feature articles for use in print, online, and for repurposing on social channels.
  • Editor of “Hopkins Highlights,” quarterly volunteer e-newsletter.
  • Manage the Class Notes/In Memoriam writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine and serve as primary liaison to the publication’s editorial staff.
  • Write the employee profile for “DAR Insider” (bi-monthly internal e-newsletter).
  • Maximize the use of content management software to schedule and categorize editorial content.
  • Revise and keep current with the DAR editorial style guide.
  • Assist as needed with proofreading and editing marketing and communications materials, including e-mail marketing and newsletters, as well as performing spot proofreading.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related field.
  • Two years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or another related field is strongly preferred. At least three or more years of demonstrated writing and editing experience in a communications environment, nonprofit preferred. Knowledge of academic fundraising is desirable.

At least three years of experience researching story ideas, interviewing sources, and writing and editing content, including feature and profile stories, for print and online publications.

Demonstrate a high comfort level engaging individuals — including employees, leadership, volunteers, and donors — for story source material and write compelling stories with accuracy. This position requires a deadline-oriented individual who is ready to work both independently and in a team, and has a passion for content development and story promotion.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: Working knowledge of the website content development platform WordPress and project management software, such as Airtable. Fluency in Word and Excel, and knowledge of social media is desirable.

All applicants are expected to uphold the university’s core values which include diversity and inclusion. All staff treats people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent. We demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status or other characteristics. We show respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds.

 Classified Title: Communications Specialist 
Working Title: Communications Specialist   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB  
Starting Salary Range: Min: $44,850 - Midpoint: $61,600 - Maximum: $78,360 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001647-Development Communications 
Personnel area: University Administration 


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.


The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.


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