Join a team of talented writers and editors to collaborate in telling the stories of one of the world's leading universities. Our content creators have behind-the-scenes access to top-notch scholars who drive discoveries in their respective fields. With an array of topics at our fingertips—from the discovery of distant exoplanets to the acquisition of more than 7,600 vintage 16-mm films to addressing the teacher shortage to the best way to take a pill—covering Johns Hopkins University promises endless possibilities.
University Communications is looking for an experienced Senior Writer to provide coverage for the university's flagship digital and print publications. Our writers brainstorm, report, and write news articles, features, and other content supporting the editorial and strategic priorities of our office and the university. Team members also provide broad-based editorial support as needed for university publications, websites, newsletters, and social media efforts.
The ideal candidate is a versatile, creative, and enterprising writer who can report and write comfortably and knowledgably on deadline about a wide range of topics and subjects across the university's various division. They will speak with distinguished faculty members about their latest research and discoveries, uncover compelling stories about the university's amazing alumni and students, and talk to renowned experts about the most important issues of our time—COVID-19, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, the human genome, climate change, health disparities, disinformation and the forces that threaten democracy, and so much more. They will also spend time on our campuses covering events and talking to affiliates, including undergraduate students, for a variety of stories and projects. They will also conceptualize and/or contribute to the creation of content that augments storytelling, including photography, videos, interactive graphics, and alternative forms of storytelling.
The Senior Writer must be ambitious, proactive, and a skilled writer, with the demonstrated ability to write in-depth features and profiles, craft thoughtful Q+As, and distill complex subject matter in a way that resonates with a large, diverse, and curious readership, with the university community and beyond. The pace of the work varies and will require a team member with a knack for balancing a workload including quick-turn news stories as well as longer, more in-depth pieces. Candidates must be able to tell stories worthy of a highly intelligent and engaged audience including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Identifies, researches, and writes multiple articles per week for print and digital publications produced by the Office of Communications, including the Hub and Johns Hopkins Magazine.
Covers various university beats as assigned, keeping abreast of research and other developments in designated areas; communicating regularly with faculty, staff, and students; and reporting back to colleagues.
Develops and refines story ideas and pitches them to editors.
Provides broad-based editorial support as needed for university publications, websites, newsletters, and social media efforts.
At least three years of related experience required; magazine and/or multimedia editorial experience preferred.
Excellent writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to write in various formats and to convey complex subject matter to a general audience.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative in creating new editorial content for print and digital platforms, while also maintaining a collaborative relationship with editors and other staff.
Organized, detail-oriented, and adept at juggling multiple assignments to meet deadlines.
Classified Title: Sr. Writer Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC Starting Salary Range: $52,230-$71,890-$91,550 Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday/ 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/JH at Keswick Department name: University Communications Personnel area: University Administration
Total Rewards The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/
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:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 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.
**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.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.
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