The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision-making and action. IVAC's work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and supply, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and center programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.
IVAC seeks to fill a Communications Specialist position to primarily assist in the day-to-day logistics and coordination of strategic communication for the Center as a whole with a focus on policy, advocacy, and communications projects in particular.
The Communications Specialist will work under the supervision of the Strategic Communications Manager (TBN) and IVAC leadership overall to support project-specific objectives and activities, including project management; knowledge management; monitoring and evaluation; and others to support project goals and deliverables. Specific responsibilities will vary from month to month depending on project needs and will not exceed 100% FTE at any point in time.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Implement project strategies and work plans as developed by project leadership and support team in communicating, coordinating, completing, and disseminating project deliverables; and tracking dissemination metrics
Develop/draft communication content for immunization, health system, and/or infectious disease-focused policy briefs, blogs, newsletters, summaries, websites, social media, and other digital media
Manage IVAC's social media accounts
Coordinate IVAC webinars and other external facing events
Manage and maintain IVAC's website
Develop external communication materials for project promotion
Participate in regular project team meetings and conference calls with partners and funder(s)
As needed, support team in developing proposals or other documentation for new or continued funding and coordinating with internal and external partners for new funding
Communicate challenges, requirements and deadlines to project team and ensure project timelines and deliverables are met
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree in a related field
Two (2) years of related experience
Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula*
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits (semester hours) may substitute for one year of experience. 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.
** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Master's Degree in related field (i.e. public health, health communication, etc.)
Some experience (full or part time) in public health, international health, international development, medicine/nursing, or a related field
Some experience in writing/communications, advocacy, project coordination
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Experience in or knowledge of vaccines and immunization, health systems, infectious diseases, and/or maternal and child health in lower- and middle-income countries
Excellent interpersonal and team skills, and demonstrated ability to interact on a professional level with stakeholders from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
Strong oral and written communication skills
Self-motivated and able to work well independently and in teams
Ability to balance competing priorities and work well under pressure with demanding and/or shifting deadlines
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Data visualization skills
Classified Title: Communications Specialist Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Mon-Fri 7.5 = 37.5hrs/wk Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Remote Department name: IH - Int'l Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) Personnel area: School of Public Health
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