Johns Hopkins University seeks a Communications Director for its Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence (GovEx). GovEx works with city leaders and stakeholders across the globe to increase the use of data and performance management best practices. GovEx leads initiatives to improve operations and promote equitable city service delivery that is reliable, quality, efficiently supplied and affordable by promoting data driven solutions and fostering collaboration that delivers impact at scale and improves resident outcomes.
Working closely with the Executive Director of GovEx, the Communications Director will develop and direct a new communications unit to elevate the work of the Center with internal and external stakeholders. The Communications Director will also work in close collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has been a pioneer in supporting creativity with city halls for the past decade.
GovEx is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism and recognizes the public sector's role in perpetuating these legacies over time and addressing them today. We are looking for a leader committed to dismantling structural and entrenched racism and addressing these issues, both as they build a new organization and advance this work in communities.
This position reports to the Executive Director.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Active participation in the development of the GovEx vision and strategy for driving the use of data and performance management in city governments in the U.S. and abroad.
Development of a communications unit including staff management, recruitment and retention of high-quality talent.
Creation of a long-term, integrated communications strategy that hones and elevates the center's external voice as a preeminent and recognized authority on matters of data, performance management, analytics, and research and gains independent validation for the center's work.
Develop messaging and marketing materials that can distill complex research into plain language that can be consumed by multiple stakeholders.
Elevation of Center staff and program participants as subject matter experts, positioning them to make impactful contributions to civic discourse.
Management of an editorial calendar spotlighting the work of programs and Center experts.
Management of a media strategy to position GovEx experts, data analysis, and content to national and trade media outlets.
Directing the production of content for public dissemination, including videos, infographics, case studies, and news-style stories featuring trends for public sector practitioners and the broader public.
Management of GovEx web presence aimed at building interest and commitment of local government officials to use data, performance management, research, analytics, and best practices in their efforts.
Overseeing the management of events for city practitioners to make connections, exchange ideas, learn new skills and document impact stories.
Close coordination with Bloomberg Philanthropies' communications team and external partners.
Close coordination with GovEx fellow Directors to build out a world-class practice and the GovEx brand.
Special Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated ability to proactively craft substantive and cohesive messages based on an institution's strategic goals and mission and history, communicate messages successfully with key audiences, and adapt and adjust messages as appropriate over time.
Ability to inspire excitement about the power of communications and translate complex communications concepts for programmatic staff and partners.
Ability to write and edit quickly and clearly for both general and academic audiences, across the full range of communications products.
Experience managing a large team of communications professionals as well as coordinating with external communications partners (e.g., PR firms, content creators).
Success in elevating the profile of institutions, organizational leaders, and subject matter experts.
Eagerness and ability to engage diverse constituencies, build professional relationships, and command the respect of colleagues and University leadership.
A record of professional achievements in public policy, public administration, or a related field is preferred.
Proven ability to develop, manage, and thrive in relationships with public sector executives and senior staffers.
Seasoned personnel skills to manage a team of mid-level professionals.
Ability to work in and lead teams in a result-driven workplace.
Familiarity with government, nonprofit, and philanthropic stakeholders.
Bachelor's Degree in related field.
Five years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
At least 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in developing and executing multi-faceted communications efforts.
A successful record of envisioning, developing, and implementing an effective and comprehensive long-term communications strategy with multiple partners.
Understanding of how city hall works and how communications can serve as a tool to advance programmatic goals.
Experience building the infrastructure for successful communications efforts in the context of programs with multiple partners and operating in multiple locations, from the collection of stories in the field to their prioritization and refinement among program partners to their dissemination to external audiences.
Classified Title: Sr. Communications & Marketing Manager Working Title: Communications Director - GovEx Role/Level/Range: L/04/LD Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7.5 hours Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus Department name: Ctrs for Govt Excellence & Public Innova Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
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:
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