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Job Req ID:  9355

Web Writer



The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Office of External Affairs encompasses three teams: 1) Communications and Marketing; 2) Development and Constituent Relations and 3) Finance and Administration.


The award-winning Communications and Marketing team provides strategic communications, external and internal communications and marketing services for the School across a variety of digital, print and physical platforms. This includes brand and identity management, digital strategies and web services, editorial and content strategies, visual communications, media and public relations, social media and integrated marketing campaigns.


The School recently completed its Centennial year and is in the final year of a University- wide fundraising campaign, Rising to the Challenge. As the #1 school of public health in the country and the oldest independent, degree-granting school of public health in the world, the Office of External Affairs offers unparalleled opportunities for creative work at the highest levels of excellence.


General Summary/Purpose


The Office of External Affairs is seeking a Web Writer to help reimagine our content as we rebuild and relaunch our flagship website,, from our current CMS, SiteExecutive, to Drupal 8. This is a 3-year position starting approximately May 2018 ending May 2021.


The JHSPH web presence consists of,, over 80 center/institute websites, and 20 other domains we manage.


The website contains over 20,000 pages, receives an average of 865,000 unique visitors per month from over 190 countries and has more than 350 content contributors.


The Web Writer will collaborate with the Digital Strategies and Web Services group, others in the Office of External Affairs, and the School and University throughout the project life cycle providing support for the planning, development and maintenance of a school-wide Drupal-based content management solution. This position will also work closely with vendors brought into the migration project.


The Web Writer is responsible for editing, developing, and reviewing content for the website. They will make content modifications and additions, and implement approved digital content and enhancements throughout the site for the duration of the redesign and migration project. This position applies technical and professional communications skills to create usable, consumable, and functional content that adheres to the School’s established voice and tone. The Office of External Affairs’ Web Writer will provide guidance and oversight of work produced.


The job requires a professional background in content development for digital communications, including the ability to write and edit copy and incorporate elements of graphic design within the context of a modern content management system. This position will also work with various stakeholders including a group of over 50 Communications Associates to collect content and plan content strategy and implementation. The Web Writer will report directly to the Director of Digital Strategy.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities


  • Review existing content and work with the project team to develop a strategy to update, enhance, migrate and/or create new content.
  • Review the current site’s information architecture, provide recommendations and assist with the implementation of any recommendations.
  • Produce copy that aligns with the School’s tone, brand and marketing initiatives.
  • Work directly with internal stakeholders to create and revise content while collaborating with outside vendors when appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Technical Writing, Information Architecture, Digital Media or related field.
  • 4 years of web-based writing experience.
  • Understands the “big picture” of a large scale CMS-based web project.
  • Experienced with SEO.
  • High level understanding of how a content management system works.
  • Basic understanding of HTML and CSS
  • Proven track record working on web sites and content management systems.
  • 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.


* JHU Equivalency Formula: 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. *


Preferred Qualifications


  • 5+ years of experience writing, editing and aligning content for websites.
  • Demonstrable success on a project of similar size and scope
  • Experience with Drupal-based projects a plus
  • Experience with academia, higher-education and public health mission oriented organizations a plus
  • Experience with Acquia products, such as Lightning


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills



Classified Title:  Web Writer

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/4/ PC

Starting Salary Range:  $49,216 - $65,000; commensurate with experience

Employee Group: Full-time

Employee Subgroup: Exempt         

Schedule: Monday-Friday - 37.5 Hours/Week

Department Name: External Affairs

Personnel Area: School of Public Health

**This is a 3 year project. The expectations are that the final candidate will commit to the duration of the project. Please apply only if this is a commitment you can see through.**

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


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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