The Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) is seeking a Communications Specialist to collaborate with our Communications Associate to execute strategic plans to grow the Institute's visibility and reputation. The Communications Specialist conducts interviews and collects information to develop content for communication materials and is responsible for communicating with and disseminating information to industry, sponsors, faculty, students, and the public. The Communications Specialist supports programs to foster positive positioning and proactive brand visibility of the INBT in the US and the world, by working with internal partners, media contacts (when applicable), Johns Hopkins central communications, and the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) marketing and communications department.
The Communications Specialist will also collect, write, and upload/transmit news items and status updates from key research groups to associated and applicable websites and social networking sites. This position uses related software to update the websites and plan/execute social media content.
The Communications Specialist writes content and edits newsletters in conjunction with WSE marketing and communications department editorial schedule, and work with INBT's Academic Program Director and other staff to market education programs for prospective students. The Communications Specialist is expected to stay current with technology and media trends and suggest new related activities to the institute.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Promotional Material Preparation
Assists in writing, editing and placing promotional materials for print, broadcast, and digital media, including feature stories, columns, pitches and news releases, in coordination with INBT and WSE Communications staff.
Assists with newsletters; including developing story ideas, editing and working with WSE Communications staff. Select artwork, graphics pictures, and illustrations. Design layout.
Website Management/Social Media
Assesses, reviews, and posts all materials for news and publications on related websites.
Researches and assesses productivity of web-based activities.
Posts strategic news and information through all social sites and appropriate platforms.
Digital Material Preparation
Prepares postings of digital promotional materials (photos, stories, etc.).
Assists in the coordination of in-house digital photography, flyer creation, and other visual storytelling content.
Develops and designs marketing materials (brochures, signage, promotional merchandise) for conferences, special events, lecture series, etc. as well as school-wide efforts and recruiting events.
Coordinates and executes logistics for special events in accordance with WSE and Johns Hopkins event guidelines.
Helps execute media and/or marketing campaigns in line with INBT, WSE, and Johns Hopkins marketing and communications offices.
The Communications Specialist should ensure all communications projects and marketing efforts comply with University Branding Guidelines and JHU Use of Name Guidelines.
Special Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
Experience with Word Press, Adobe Creative Suite and Google Analytics preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
Knowledge of regional and national print, broadcast and electronic media outlets, and social networking, including web-based and online media/information sites.
Demonstrated ability to build collaborative working relationships and identify, assess, and meet diverse client needs.
Ability to organize workflow, prioritize and manage multiple projects with minimal direction, meet deadlines, think critically and creatively, and exercise sound judgment.
Submission of a cover letter and writing samples are encouraged. A writing test is part of interview process.
Bachelor's Degree in related field.
Two years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
*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.
Bachelor's Degree in related field (journalism, marketing, writing, media relations, public relations, etc.).
Three or more years related experience in science journalism and digital communications preferred.
Classified Title: Communications Specialist Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: $44,850-$61,600 Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F/37.5 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus Department name: Institute for NanoBioTechnology Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 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.
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