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Job Req ID:  99677

Managing Editor

The Managing Editor is responsible for supporting the Knowledge SUCCESS Project, within the Knowledge Management (KM) unit, with technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance. Reporting to the Communications Team Lead, the Managing Editor provides key contributions to the development of communications and KM technical strategic visions. The Managing Editor is responsible for the project’s main website ( and will coordinate a team of writers and editors; liaise with external authors; manage the editorial schedule; and write, copyedit, and upload content on high-traffic public-facing websites. The Managing Editor will be responsible for generating fresh and engaging content and content initiatives and will assist in shaping site messaging in alignment with our other platforms, including various social media accounts.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborator with exceptional writing and editorial skills as well as strong technical and visual knowledge of the web. They should be a digital expert who understands all aspects of the digital experience—from web writing to web design, from user experience to digital outreach and marketing —and can easily translate these concepts for non-technical colleagues. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, able to prioritize and take on challenging initiatives, organized, and comfortable working independently in a complex environment. The Managing Editor should be able to quickly develop a basic level understanding of priority issues within the family planning and reproductive health space, including COVID/Family Planning workstreams.

The Managing Editor should demonstrate a comfort with learning new technologies and coaching others to do the same, as well as a solid background in knowledge management, communications, writing, or editing. The Managing Editor should also have the ability, in collaboration with staff experts, to create M&E data collection tools related to knowledge management, and interpret and synthesize M&E findings into programmatic application across a diverse set of health areas.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Independently contribute to and shape technical work, including strategic visions for KM activities, KM workshops, trainings, and materials
  • Manage an editorial calendar and coordinate with internal and external writers to identify and define writing assignments; ensure compliance with layout and style standards; and obtain bios, photos, and other information.
  • Copy edit and proofread website content before publication to ensure adherence to Knowledge SUCCESS style guide and quality standards.
  • Upload content to Knowledge SUCCESS website (which uses the WordPress content management system and the WPBakery page builder).
  • Perform ongoing keyword and search engine optimization (SEO) of posts, including writing compelling headlines and excerpts.
  • Curate Knowledge SUCCESS content and other technical resources by managing the project’s Twitter account (@fprhknowledge).
  • Interview technical experts and write articles, case studies, and fact sheets for the Knowledge SUCCESS website and other platforms.
  • Identify new channels for innovative dissemination and promotion of project materials, experts, events, products.
  • Manage other writing and editing assignments in support of project communications, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Program Management

  • Format, edit and produce documents and presentations, in English and French, as needed.
  • Contribute to work plan, reporting, and budget development.
  • Develop and nurture partnerships at the global, regional, and country levels to help achieve project’s strategic objective.
  • Support US and field base knowledge exchange events and presentations.
  • Act as liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contract and deliverables are in place.
  • Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans, and other administrative and programmatic documents.
  • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
  • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally).
  • Liaise with internal and external partners.
  • Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies.
  • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms.
  • Support regular communication with the project’s donors, as requested.

Knowledge Management

  • Independently develop new content aligned with project content priorities and developments in strategic technical areas, including managing content partners and contributing writers. Contribute to strategic vision of content production for activities.
  • Work closely with Knowledge SUCCESS partners and technical working groups to synthesize key messages and chunk content for online readability, coordinate the technical review of content, and conduct quality assurance testing.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities such as analyzing web statistics and Google Analytics of project-supported products, conducting and analyzing surveys with product users, and conducting key informant interviews, with minimal support.
  • Document program experiences and lessons learned.
  • Complete at least two JHU training courses (1-3 day programs) related to job duties (as discussed & approved by your supervisor) each year

People Management

  • May independently manage work of student employees and other team members on specific activities, as required
  • Assist in orienting and training new staff members
  • Manage group work with support, including task coordination and management
  • This position has no assigned supervisory duties

Professional Development

  • Participate in at least two CCP or multi-organizational Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Participation in more than two CoPs must be approved by supervisor
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across CCP
  • Present on technical topics within CCP

External Relations and Outreach

  • Develop professional networks and new partnerships to foster productive linkages with other public, private, and non-profit organizations, communities of practice, and working groups
  • Represent CCP and Knowledge SUCCESS at relevant events, meetings and communities of practice in order to stay abreast of developments in the field, expand networks, and give visibility to CCP and Knowledge SUCCESS
  • Represent JHU and CCP at relevant external meetings and events. May include delivering technical presentations, networking and relationship building, and facilitation of group work during meetings
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Act as liaison for Consultant activities, insuring statement of work, contracts, and deliverables are in place
  • Prepare documents, professional presentations, and proposals
  • Contribute to proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) with support
  • Respond to routine correspondence
  • Perform job duties/responsibilities in support of CCP ’s Mission and Values, participate in the development of new strategic plan workplan activities, and participate in active business development/marketing initiatives as appropriate
  • Keep abreast of Federal, State, and Local law, as well as JHU policies as they apply to job duties and responsibilities
  • Other duties, as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in related field
  • Four years related experience
  • 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.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and web accessibility standards a plus
  • Knowledge of cross-platform digital analytics, especially Google Analytics.
  • Knowledge of graphic design applications (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite) and demonstrated design and graphics experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to be a creative web storyteller who knows how to create engaging content optimized for search.
  • Understands how digital platforms intersect and how they can be used synchronously to support and reinforce content and messaging.
  • Passionate about web trends and best practices in digital content.
  • French language skills are a plus.
  • Exposure to travel or work abroad, especially in Africa and Asia, is helpful.


Classified Title: Program Officer II  
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME  
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F- 8:30-5 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Flexible/JH at 111 Market Place
Department name: Ctr for Communication Programs CCP
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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.


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