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The mystery of sheet music found with Edgar Allan Poe's signature. The science behind the appeal of pumpkin spice. How eating cicadas could help save the planet. Researching Billie Holiday's early life in Baltimore. Students who invented burrito tape. Some of the world's most exciting research is happening at Johns Hopkins University and we're looking for a news-minded individual who'd thrill at a chance to work with faculty researchers of all types and, of course, students, to spotlight their work and discoveries.
Johns Hopkins seeks an experienced Research and News communications Manager who can spot the best research stories and deftly distill them for a mainstream audience. The selected candidate will be a proven writer, ideally with a background in journalism. They will be eager to work with cutting-edge researchers, the campus community and the award-winning University Communications office to develop stories and multimedia that showcase this university's ground-breaking work and help to garner coverage for it in high-profile news outlets.
The Research and News Communications Manager will promote understanding and appreciation of Johns Hopkins by developing engaging stories related to the university, in particular the undergraduate campus and the scientific and scholarly research of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. The successful candidate will have creative ideas about how to best tell these stories and how to get coverage for them in a fast-changing and intensely competitive media environment.
The research and news communications manager will cultivate strong working relationships with our researchers and the campus community, as well as with reporters, editors and producers at top media outlets. They will work closely with colleagues in University Communications and other Johns Hopkins communications offices to create successful packages with video, photos, social media and infographics.
The successful candidate will also perform other duties as assigned to advance the mission of University Communications.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Identify and develop compelling stories about the work and key initiatives of the university and the activities of its students, faculty and staff, particularly our researchers and scientists.
Communicate research in a compelling, entertaining and highly engaging manner.
Shape information into engaging and effective stories, news releases, expert lists, and other content. Devise fresh ways to tell stories that attract media attention.
Respond quickly and effectively to breaking news and media queries.
Prepare experts and subjects for media engagement.
Proactively collaborate with communications colleagues to create multimedia news packages with video, audio, photos and infographics.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Facility with A.P. style.
Ability to work with web content management systems, such as Drupal or WordPress.
Ability to communicate effectively in social media.
Ability to art direct or collaborate to create multimedia content
Ability to navigate web content and/or digital asset management systems.
Familiarity with media contact databases and metrics/analytical tools
Additional education may substitute for required experience and/or education, to the extent permitted by the Johns Hopkins University equivalency formula.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends, as necessary).
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Fast-paced, efficient mode of working and high productivity.
Strong organizational, multitasking, and time-management skills.
Strong interpersonal communications skills with individuals of all levels in an organization.
Ability to shape complex information, including the results of scholarly and scientific research, into understandable and engaging content.
Strong news judgment and demonstrated skills in reporting, writing, editing and/or media outreach.
B.A. Degree in relevant discipline.
Five years of related experience in journalism, media relations, or related field. Some of that experience must include storytelling in complex topics. Promising candidates with slightly less experience but strong writing samples might be considered.
Classified Title: Sr. Media Relations Representative Working Title: Research and News Communications Manager
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range: $61,070-$83,900-$106,710 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.
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.
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 Talent Acquisition Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit accessibility.jhu.edu.
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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.
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