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Sr. Communications Specialist

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
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Full Time
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Classified title: Communications Associate

Role/Level/Range: ATP-4-PD

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Employee group: Full time

Employee subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt

Schedule (hours/days): 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Personnel area (School): Academic and Business Centers

Org unit name and #: Jhpiego

Department name: Global Programs

Reports to (Job title): Reports to (Job title): Sr. Director of Communications

General summary/purpose:

Communications Associate will provide cross cutting communications support across the Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE) Project’s HIV and COVID response efforts. This includes serving as the primary communications focal person supporting RISE’s central level communications priorities and liaising with and providing support to communications teams within RISE’s country programs.

RISE is a 5-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). RISE works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining HIV epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant, and resilient health systems. RISE provides HIV and COVID response support to national and sub-national health systems through strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to improve prevention, case finding and treatment programming in supported countries.

The RISE consortium is led by Jhpiego in partnership with ICAP at Columbia University (ICAP), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), ANOVA Health Institute (ANOVA), BAO Systems, JHU Center for Public Health and Human Rights (JHU), and Mann Global Health (MGH).

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Support external communications efforts including writing, editing, and/or review of success stories, newsletter articles, blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, or other external communications products
  • Support development of project deliverables (e.g. quarterly, semi-annual, or annual reports, fact sheets, technical and programmatic briefers)
  • Liaise with communications counterparts at USAID and with project partners to coordinate development and dissemination of strategic communications materials
  • Support RISE country programs to develop and implement external communications plans, in coordination with Jhpiego’s communications, technical leadership, and program management units
  • In collaboration with project leadership and technical contributors, develop presentations for donors and other external stakeholders on the RISE project, areas of technical expertise, achievements across countries, and other priority content
  • Work with Jhpiego’s communications department to update and maintain the RISE external website sub-page
  • Manage social media engagement for the project overall, liaising with relevant Jhpiego and partner social media focal persons to ensure alignment with social media engagement guidelines, and supporting RISE country teams to plan and execute social media engagement strategies
  • Advise RISE country teams and partners on execution of the project Branding and Marking Plan
  • Serve as primary point of contact for RISE country and partner teams to review and advise on application of project branding and marking requirements
  • Support maintenance and availability of project templates (with appropriate branding)
  • Ensure alignment with USAID’s Graphic Standards Manual and Partner Co-Branding Guide, and other relevant USG guidance and regulations
  • In coordination with program leadership, Jhpiego and partner program teams, and technical contributors, support development and implementation of knowledge management (KM) products and approaches
  • Support management of project KM including contributions to maintaining the project intranet site, dissemination of project deliverables
  • Support development, review, layout, copy editing, and USAID review for conference abstracts and presentations
  • Support planning for RISE attendance, exhibitions, satellite events, etc.
  • Ensure consistent project branding and messaging across all event and conference materials
  • Support the promotion of RISE engagement at relevant conferences through social media, e-blasts, and other digital promotion strategies

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • BA with 5+ years' experience in public affairs and marketing communications
  • Prior experience with social media tools and websites
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience with USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, or other US government funding agencies preferred
  • Experience with HIV/AIDS and/or COVID response programming preferred
  • High degree of decision making and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with event design and management abilities as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to handle budgets and produce within these set parameters
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, a high level of organization and ability to balance competing priorities
  • Self-starting capabilities and comfortable with qualitative and quantitative evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work with both scientific/technical (e.g. technical program briefs) and non-technical (e.g. marketing) materials
  • Familiarity with WordPress, HTML, CSS and JavaScript preferred
  • Ability to project a professional image and communicate positively and effectively as a representative of Jhpiego, both within The Johns Hopkins University community and external organizations and donors
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Canva
  • Data visualization and or graphic design skills preferred
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20%

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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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