IVAC seeks a Communications Specialist to create excellent content and manage communications projects to build the value of vaccines. Reporting to IVAC’s Communications Lead, the specialist will generate and execute communication plans and develop strategic messages with rigorous technical oversight, focusing especially on two IVAC projects to prevent two major childhood diseases, rotavirus and pneumococcal disease.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
For PSERENADE, manage the development of a data visualization tool to show how PCV vaccines are changing the burden of pneumococcal disease over time
For RAVIN, coordinate with program partners (e.g., CDC, JSI, WHO, Gavi, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to support communication efforts aimed at accelerating access to rotavirus vaccine, such as developing briefs, reports, and publications summarizing implementation lessons learned for immunization stakeholders
Formulate communications strategy to disseminate research and practice results to key audiences such as policy makers, funders, and advocates who can take action by strengthening immunization and health systems to prevent disease and save lives
Develop and oversee the review of other technical materials such as fact sheets, brochures, and slide decks
Build and manage public websites communicating about the value of vaccine
Analyze engagement metrics on digital platforms and tools, such as new user growth and shares, to evaluate impact of communication activities
Develop tweets/posts announcing recent IVAC publications, programmatic achievements, and outcomes, and sharing key data
Develop excellent content across all platforms ensuring adequate technical reviews but requiring little top-editing for grammar and tone
Bachelor's degree in related field.
Two (2) years related experience.
Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the * 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 the 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. *
Bachelor's degree in related field such as journalism or writing.
Knowledge and interest in global health, especially vaccines, diarrhea, pneumonia and/or other major global infectious childhood diseases.
Ability to process and translate complex concepts for a variety of audiences into compelling key messages.
Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion with little top-editing.
Previous experience with scientific or health-related social media.
Experience with data visualization, creating graphics, or designing simple layouts (for slides and documents, etc.).
Experience with social media and communications platforms (Twitter, Facebook).
Three (3) years of related experience in science journalism and web design/maintenance.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Highly organized and detail-oriented, ability to manage multiple projects successfully, and occasionally under tight deadlines.
Intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills.
Adobe design suite experience (e.g., InDesign, Adobe, Photoshop) preferred.
Classified Title: Communications Specialist Working Title: Communications Specialist Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: $43,530 - $59,795 / Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m - 5p.m / 37.5 Hrs/Wk Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 60000552-IH - Int'l Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at email@example.com. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.
The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.
Equal Opportunity Employer Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Bal...timore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.