Communications Specialist

Maryland, United States
25 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Communications Specialist 
​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F/8:30-5:00 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001493-Materials Science & Engineering 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering

General Description

The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) at Johns Hopkins University is seeking an experienced communication specialist that will split their time between the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Institute for NanoBioTechnology. This position will support departmental and institute activities as they involve communication through a variety of mediums such as digital and print media, newsletters, annual reports, magazine articles, and videos. They are responsible for disseminating information with affiliated faculty, students, and the public.

Materials Science and Engineering Department duties include, but are not limited to:      

  • Maintain departmental website. Keep information up-to-date; use back end software (i.e. WordPress).
  • Collect, write, and upload news items and status updates from research groups to the website. Create page graphics, design layout and flow as required.
  • Maintain website links to University-wide resources for information, safety, training, purchasing, and administration.
  • Stay current with technology and media trends, and suggest new, related activities to department faculty and staff.
  • Write, edit, and distribute a twice-yearly newsletter to department chairs, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Maintain email lists and databases of students, alumni, and related professionals.
  • Maintain shared information and calendar information on the department SharePoint site.
  • Perform assessments on the effectiveness of media-related activities.
  • Serve as point-of-contact to non-JHU community members. Provide timely answers to inquiries regarding the department and it’s functions.
  • Ensure all communication projects and marketing efforts comply with University Branding Guidelines and JHU Use of Name Guidelines.
  • Serve as technical assistant in the development of media projects associated with education, classroom, outreach, and grant research-related activities
  • Serve as point-of-contact for all WSE communications office projects. Write and edit science and other related news content for JHU news outlets, including The Hub, JHU Engineering Magazine, and Johns Hopkins Magazine.
  • Disseminate department news via Facebook, Twitter, website, and other social media.
  • Prepare Advisory Board Report. Gather information, proofread, edit, and draft report for Chair’s review.
  • Proofread/edit reports such as Abet and department self-study report.
  • Design printed materials (e.g. flyers, booklets, etc.) to advertise or publicize department events (e.g. named lectures, Inaugural Professorial lectures, etc.).
  • Work with the Development Office and Communication Office to coordinate annual Alumni Reception.

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Support INBT science writer in website maintenance, update video screens around the building, take and edit photographs, produce graphics, and support other media platforms.
  • Assist in producing marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, programs, annual NanoBio Report magazine, and work with outside vendors for design and print coordination for print publications.
  • Ensure all communications projects and marketing efforts comply with University Branding Guidelines and JHU Use of Name Guidelines.
  • Write and edit science news stories, announcements, and other related content as needed for the INBT website and JHU news outlets.
  • Develop and post content to social media accounts. Assist in building strategic plans to build and engage audiences on social media about INBT research, activities, and events.
  • Assist in coordinating the annual Nano-Bio Symposium event.
  • Perform above duties for the Physical Science-Oncology Center, a center within the INBT.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field.
  • Two years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in journalism, marketing, writing, or public relations. 
  • Three or more years related experience  in science journalism and web design/maintenance preferred

Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent time-management skills, along with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • First-hand knowledge of regional and national print, broadcast and electronic media outlets, and social networking, including web-based and online media/information sites.
  • Experience using Google Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress.
  • Writing samples are strongly  encourage

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

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