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Job Req ID:  95557

Data Visualization Specialist

General Description

The Office of Principal Gifts is part of the highly successful Johns Hopkins Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) group. The Office of Principal Gifts provides leadership and support to DAR efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals capable of gifts of $5 million or greater. Our fast-paced office plays a critical role in securing gifts that are truly transformational for Johns Hopkins. The office manages a select group of high-level prospective donors and works closely with the president, provost, and trustees.


Harnessing the power of data to understand and make decisions is increasingly complex in the field of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR). We want to expand our ability to make informed decisions based on data for our organization in support of the mission of Johns Hopkins in education, research, and patient care.


This position in the Office of Principal Gifts serves as a data visualization specialist, writer, researcher, and editor of materials for the president and other university leadership, with guidance from the Principal Gifts Senior Writer, to whom the position reports. The position also supports the implementation of high net worth stewardship programming with guidance from the Associate Vice President of Principal Gifts. They will work in association with DAR leadership and colleagues across the institution to build the president’s relationship with donors that result in principal level ($5 million+) philanthropic support.


Well-written and well-researched data visualization materials in support of principal gifts philanthropy include, but are not limited to: proposals, briefings, presentations, and infographics, for the president, provost, and other high-level officials within the university as well as high net worth donors to the institution.

Primary Responsibilities


(40%) Principal Gift Proposals and Large-scale Projects:

  • Performs data analysis and visualization, writing, editing, and research of materials for large-scale projects/proposals in the early planning stages and as the projects/proposals develop (programmatic centers, big ideas, and capital projects or facilities) under the direction of the Senior Writer; requires the utmost discretion and diplomacy in interacting with high-level administrators and faculty members throughout the institution and the ability to build strong working relationships with same.
    • Receive and interpret data from a variety of sources, such as the Client Relationship Management (CRM) system, development offices within academic divisions, and university leadership.
    • Present data in a visually appealing and easy to understand format for a variety of audiences.
    • Conduct deep and expansive research of ideas and develop specific, accurate summary documentation in a visually appealing and presentable format for divisional partners and university leadership.
    • Synthesize, edit, and present text and data collected from faculty, staff, and DAR partners into visual storytelling materials for university leadership and prospective donors such as presentations and infographics for inclusion in every stage of a project/proposal process.
    • Examine past and current data, ask thoughtful questions, and explore apparent trends to improve development decision-making processes for executive and volunteer leadership.



(30%) University Leadership Briefings

  • Develops and writes strategic briefings to prepare the president, provost, and other university leadership for principal gift level meetings and stewardship events. Assists the Senior Writer as needed with proofing and editing briefing materials before they are submitted to the Associate Vice President for final review.


Analyzes and synthesizes large amounts of information from development officers, research team members, and other sources.


Writes briefing content for presidential and leadership meetings, events, and other activities, including strategic objectives, discussion points, background, and special considerations, in consultation with relationship managers and other colleagues and relevant parties.


Enters requests for research reports into the CRM and conducts independent research to procure information not provided by development colleagues or by Development Research.


Serves as a liaison between the Office of Principal Gifts, divisional Development and Alumni Relations staff, and the Office of the President, including presidential speechwriters.

Reviews, revises, and gains necessary approvals for briefings. Meets tight deadlines and adapts to quickly changing priorities.

Follows up with the appropriate leadership or development officers to ensure all details and materials needed are readily available in an appropriate amount of time prior to donor visits.


Coordinates background research and logistics surrounding principal level strategy meetings, including individual calls for briefings and other principal level strategy meetings.


(30%) High Net Worth Stewardship and Special Projects

  • Supports the activities of all Office of Principal Gifts teams, including the Central Bloomberg Stewardship Team and Leadership Programs team, pertaining to the stewardship of high net worth donors.
    • Gathers, interprets, and visually presents data at the request of these teams.
    • Assists with the planning and implementation of high net worth stewardship programming.
    • Regularly writes, proofs, and edits documents and other content to be used for or in conjunction with programmatic components for high net worth stewardship and special projects.


Demonstrates exemplary customer service, poise, and professionalism at all times. Maintains a professional level of confidentiality and discretion.

Develops institutional relationships in order to work more effectively and be able to advise the Principal Gifts team on communicating with various offices. Develops a sophisticated understanding of the institution and partners.


Acts as liaison and facilitator between the Office of Principal Gifts and the Office of the President and Office of the Provost, as well as other departments and internal and external constituents, including trustees, donors, prospects, persons of significant and extraordinary wealth, and other VIPs.


Assists with special projects and other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree

Three years of experience in a related field, such as statistics, data visualization, communications, or marketing required.


Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula. JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications


Development and/or higher education experience including knowledge of and proficiency in fundraising processes with the ability to resolve complex problems preferred.


  • Demonstrated excellence in data visualization using tools such as Business Intelligence, Office 365, Tableau, and Excel PivotTables.
    • Expertise in planning, designing, and building visualizations.
    • Understand user-centered design in data visualization.
    • Portfolio to demonstrate work products highly preferred.  
  • Demonstrated skills in statistics, data analysis, and verbal storytelling with data.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, editing, and analytical skills.
  • Have the ability to handle multiple tasks and problem solve, be adaptable to changing priorities; be able to organize large amounts of information and write concisely and accurately within a limited time frame; possess computer literate skills.


Skills and Knowledge:


Operating personal computer to access email, electronic calendars, CRM, and other basic support software.


Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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



All applicants are expected to uphold the university’s core values which includes diversity and inclusion. All staff treat 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: Data Analyst 
Working Title: Data Visualization Specialist   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB  
Starting Salary Range:  
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001648-Principal and Leadership Gifts 
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:
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.


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


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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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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