Communications Specialist

Maryland, United States
16 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB 
Starting Salary Range: $43,101 - $59,202
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Varies 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003130-SOM Psy General Psychiatry 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

This position functions as a planning, writing and document-preparation resource for department leadership and its development team as needed for special projects.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Organize and produce presentation materials and documents related to the process.
  • Organize, assemble, and edit other documents and reports for department leadership, including slide shows, charts and other graphic design.
  • Compose or edit letters, write speeches, design presentations, and edit general media articles for the Director.
  • Assist the Development Office with editing of fund-raising proposals and event scripts.
  • Produce graphic art for event publicity and development materials.
  • Coordinate and generate written content and multimedia assets for the website.
  • Other communications projects as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field      
  • Two years related experience

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s degree. Knowledge of and interest in psychiatry preferred.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to interact with faculty and staff on research teams, in clinical programs, and with educational outreach initiative to strategize about their communication needs.
  • Attention to detail a must.
  • Good proofreading skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills to deal effectively within and outside the department.
  • Excellent written communications skills in a variety of forms, print material, website content, speeches, and publicity materials.
  • Knowledge of and aptitude for graphic design and typography.
  • Skilled in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the work of the department as well to acquire new technical skills as needed.
  • Excellent organizational skills to work effectively in an environment that requires balancing multiple assignments.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse cultures.

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.                                                                              
  • Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.                                                                                    
  • Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.                                                            
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.

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.

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