The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking a Communications Specialist to conduct interviews and collect information to develop content for communication materials. The Communications Specialist is responsible for communicating with and disseminating information to industry, sponsors, faculty, students, and the public. The Communications Specialist is responsible for supporting programs to foster positive positioning and proactive brand visibility of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the US and the world, by working with internal partners, media contacts (when applicable) and central and WSE marketing and communications.
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 backend software to update the related websites. The Communications Specialist will write content and edit a newsletter in conjunction with WSE marketing and communications department editorial schedule and will work with the admissions office and academic program coordinators to develop communications for prospective students. The Communications Specialist is expected to stay current with technology and media trends and suggest new related activities to the institute/departments.
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 WSE Communications staff.
Assists on various newsletters including developing story ideas, editing and working with WSE Communications staff. Selects artwork, graphics pictures, and illustrations and designs layout.
Website Management/social media
Assesses, reviews, and posts all materials for news and publications on the 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.
Develops and design marketing materials (brochures, signage, promotional merchandise) for conferences, special events, lecture series for department and institute as well as school-wide efforts and recruiting events.
Coordinates and executes all logistics for special events in accordance with WSE event guidelines.
Helps execute media and/or marketing campaigns in line with WSE marketing and communications office.
Ensures all communications projects and marketing efforts comply with University Branding Guidelines and JHU Use of Name Guidelines.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to translate complex concepts into engaging messaging for key audiences.
Demonstrated ability to write engaging content clearly and concisely.
Proficiency in 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.
*Writing samples are encouraged, and a writing test will be 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.
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Marketing, Writing, Media Relations, Public Relations preferred.
Three or more years related experience in science journalism and digital communications.
Experience with web content management
Experience with social media and communications platforms
Experience with Word Press, Adobe Creative Suite and Google Analytics
Classified Title: Communications Specialist Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: Min $45,700 - Max $80,000 Annually ($65,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F/8.30-5.00 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus Department name: Department of Mechanical Engineering Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering
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