Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine seek an accomplished and effective communications leader to develop and execute the communications strategy of the institutions' Office of Public Safety. The Strategic Communications Director, Public Safety reports directly to the Vice President for Public Safety and JHU & JHM Vice Presidents for Communications. This position is a member of the Public Safety leadership team and works closely with communications professionals across Johns Hopkins.
The ideal candidate in this role will be able to operate on both strategic and tactical levels to promote the work and reputation of the Office of Public Safety; communicate vital information to our community and neighbors; and lead the office's engagement with traditional and social media. This role will have direct and intentional collaboration with members of the institution's communications offices to ensure widespread, consistent, and effective internal and external communication efforts. This position requires strong and demonstrated written and conversational communications skills and the ability to influence outcomes. The incumbent will be highly effective at building credibility and relationships at all levels of the institution and externally.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Leads the development and execution of internal and external communication strategies for Johns Hopkins Public Safety, institution-wide, ensuring clear, timely messaging for members of the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine communities as well as journalists and external stakeholders using a variety of modalities and methods.
Works with local, regional, and national media outlets proactively and in breaking news scenarios.
Facilitates outreach to local, regional and national media outlets through press releases, press conferences, events, social media, and other communications mediums
Develops and executes strategies for proactive media outreach to build relationships with journalists
Handles institutional spokesperson role during Public Safety events if required, including some crisis communications events
Advises the Vice President of Public Safety in his efforts to foster positive interactions with the community.
Drafts speeches, talking points, messages, and other communications materials for the Vice President of Public Safety
Guides and supports the Vice President of Public Safety with internal and external communications and media strategy and for matters related to public safety issues response, programming, public events, etc.
Ensures that members of the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine communities are informed about public safety initiatives, policies, and priorities.
Monitors, measures, and gauges the most effective communication channels for internal communications and media messaging in collaboration with communications experts throughout the institution.
Continually seeks information on trends and techniques in internal and external communication, as well as best practices.
Manages the online presence of the Public Safety organization, including website content and social media accounts.
Other duties as needed.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Mastery of A.P. style.
Ability to work with web content management systems.
Ability to communicate effectively on social media.
Ability to collaborate in the production or acquisition of multimedia content to accompany stories.
Ability to work in complex web systems such as news media databases or digital asset management systems.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of people in a variety of organizational situations.
Ability to work in a complex decentralized institution.
Must be able to work effectively and independently in an environment with multiple priorities.
Must be able to adapt to varying challenges, while always maintaining a focus on professionalism and customer service.
Ability to regularly work evenings, early mornings, and weekends and be available to address emergency situations on a 24/7 basis as needed.
Knowledge of information dissemination techniques, including alternative ways to inform via written, verbal, and visual media.
Expert news judgment, writing and editing skills.
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, high-productivity environment.
Ability to analyze information and evaluate results in order to choose the best solutions and solve problems.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline required.
7 years of experience in journalism, media relations, communications, or other related experience required.
Additional education (graduate degree) may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Master's degree in relevant discipline.
Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in public safety communications or a related field.
Classified Title: Director Strategic Communications Working Title: Strategic Communications Director, Public Safety Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PG Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus Department name: VP for Public Safety Office of Personnel area: University Administration
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.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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