Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and mission that will ensure that every student and postdoctoral fellow will have the ability to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital. Read more about this plan here.
This position reports to Manager, Systems and Digital Experience in the Division of Integrative Learning and Life Design and Director of Operations for the Life Design Lab and will manage all marketing and communication services for Life Design Lab, as well as strategic planning, data analysis and presentation for Life Design Lab stakeholders: including: students, employers, alumni, faculty, development and staff. The Communications Associate provides training and guidance to Life Design Educators, provides oversight and management of all Life Design Lab and career materials, consults on communications across the Homewood campus and assists in communication across all nine Johns Hopkins career centers.
NOTE: Multiple positions available
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Develop and implement effective communication strategies that promote brand awareness and stakeholder satisfaction.
Create communication and marketing strategies for new products, launches, events, and promotions.
Create strategy and multimedia content for implementation across communications channels.
Provide relevant ongoing training and messaging for staff and student workers.
Continually measure and review the performance of communications efforts; report on key metrics and trends, making adjustments where necessary.
Engage with external relations team to develop and implement stewardship strategy to include creating templates, timing, drafting and execution of donor acknowledgements; and promote philanthropic or grant funding received by school centers, divisions and individual faculty.
Coordinate with designers, photographers, printers, and other vendors as needed.
Oversee Life Design Lab’s Communications budget.
Supervise 1 to 2 student workers.
Publications & Marketing
Manage the successful execution of communications campaigns and related materials from conceptualization to completion; ensure quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of all components.
Produce engaging and informative written, visual, and multimedia content in support of communications objectives.
Oversee day-to-day management of key divisional social media channels; identify opportunities for collaboration with other offices/departments and provide guidance in the application of university guidelines.
Department liaison with external contractors who support quality Life Design Lab work: designers, photographers, videographers, printing and materials providers.
Collaborate with major school offices and departments (Parents and Family programs, Admissions, Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, etc.) on all communications-related initiatives.
Web Design and Content Management
Manage content and art on Life Design Lab and ILLD websites.
Participate in plans and decisions related to website visual design, usability, and multimedia aspects.
Guide effective SEO tactics, implement social media guidelines and oversee development and creation of social media content.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of five years’ experience in communications, marketing or related field.
Experience in a communications office preferred.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements. Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus. Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution. For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets.
The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable working with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once.
The ideal candidate is comfortable with multimedia content creation, including photography, video creation and has an understanding of editing techniques. Candidates who are personally interested in exploring new content creation mediums will be a good fit for this position.
The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brand, scale impact, and influence public opinion. Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.
Special Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills;
Strong writing and editing ability for multiple communication platforms;
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software, Word and Tableau; knowledge of various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.);
Proficiency in website CMS and exposure to HTML and CSS.
Experience using website management tools for editing and publishing content; strong interpersonal and relationship management skills.
Classified Title: Communications Associate Working Title: Communications Associate Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001443-Life Design Lab Personnel area: Integrative Learning & Life Design
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