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The Johns Hopkins University seeks an accomplished and effective Public Information Officer (Public Affairs Officer) with strong writing, news and communications skills to manage public information efforts for the university's office of Public Safety. The Public Information Officer reports directly to the Vice President for Public Safety and the Vice President for Communications. This position is a member of the public safety leadership team and works closely with communications professionals across the Johns Hopkins Institution.
The incumbent in this role will serve as the strategic communications lead for public safety, handling press releases, community messages, media queries, public events and social media. This role will have direct and intentional collaboration with members of the University's Office of Communications to ensure widespread, consistent and effective external communication efforts.
The Public Information Officer works to communicate with the Johns Hopkins community about public safety and to develop a nimble and effective communications strategy for both breaking news and proactive media outreach with an overarching goal of enhancing the institution's reputation and external communications presence. 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 & Responsibilities:
Leads internal and external communication efforts for the Public Safety division, institution-wide, ensuring clear, timely messaging for members of the Johns Hopkins community as well as journalists and external stakeholders using a variety of appropriate methodologies. This includes working with local, regional and national media outlets proactively and in breaking news scenarios.
Drafts press releases and other written communications materials for the Vice President of Public Safety.
Develops an internal communications strategy to ensure members of the Johns Hopkins community are informed about public safety initiatives, policies, and priorities.
Develops a media strategy to ensure institutional messaging reaches key external stakeholders in a timely and effective manner.
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 crisis communications events.
Develops effective, nimble strategy for communicating messages and effectively meeting internal stakeholder and journalist information needs during breaking news situations.
Handles media queries with speed, professionalism and accuracy, collaborating with communications staff institution-wide, a role that could include night and weekend duties.
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.
Monitors, measures, and gauges the most effective communication channels for internal communications and media messaging.
Incorporates leading-edge communication strategies, leveraging technology as a means to engage consumers of content.
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.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
B.A. Degree in relevant discipline.
At least 5-7 years of related experience in journalism, media relations or communications.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
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
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, communicating effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Ability to analyze information and evaluate results in order to choose the best solutions and solve problems.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
Master's degree in relevant discipline.
Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in public safety communications or a related field.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Mastery of A.P. style.
Ability to work with web content management systems.
Ability to communicate effectively in 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.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
Samples related to previous communications efforts may be requested during the selection process.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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.
Classified Title: Public Affairs Officer Working Title: Public Information Officer Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: VP for Public Safety Office of Personnel area: University Administration
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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