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Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist – Marketing and Communications, Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD

Posted by on Friday, January 25, 2019 in Job Opportunities .

Johns Hopkins Health System employs more than 20,000 people annually. Upon joining Johns Hopkins Health System, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees. Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry. If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join those who are leaders and innovators in the healthcare field.


Identifies stories and writes materials for JHM electronic, social media, print, web, video and news media outlets. Stories include but are not limited to research news and faculty/student/staff awards; feature stories about institutional initiatives and programs; and faculty profiles. Develops and maintains relationships with faculty, staff and members of the local and national media to provide media relations services to advance public awareness of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission and achievements. Assists in planning, developing collateral material for, and implementing media relations events including but not limited to annual science writers symposia, press conferences and town halls. Supports the communications analytics program to track and measure media placements and impact, social media reach and web site performance.


College degree in life sciences, science writing, journalism or communications required.


Demonstrated experience implementing effective external and internal communications plans and strategies; experience in working with news media; and knowledge of academic medical center culture and organization. Depending on area of focus, demonstrated experience with scientific and technical writing may be necessary. Effective use of communication tools, including print, Web, media relations, electronic media and other e-communication tools; AP Style and ability to apply institutional style standards consistently. Familiarity with media tracking services and databases preferred.


Requires strong communication skills and proven ability to precisely and objectively communicate information; give and receive clear messages; ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment; effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects at once; meeting demanding deadlines; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; sound judgment and discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Ability to take direction.

Work Experience:

A minimum of three years of experience in journalism, media relations or public affairs, preferably for a university is required. Requires demonstrated experience working successfully on deadline and designing and implementing communications plans and strategies. Demonstrated experience in implementing effective and external and internal communications plans and strategies and in editing/writing high-quality publications is required.

Note from the BRET office:  They are open to interviewing a PhD level scientist interested in scientific communication with no formal background in journalism for this role.  If you intend to apply, please let Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A., Communications Manager, Basic Science Research, know that you completing your application by emailing her at  Let her know that you learned about this position from our office.

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