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Director of Communications & Marketing

Director of Communications & Marketing


The Johns Hopkins University is one of the world's leading research universities. The mission of the University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the number one school of public health in the U.S. and the oldest and largest, public health school in the world.

Since its founding in 1916, the Bloomberg School has advanced research, education, and practice to create solutions to public health problems around the world. In honor of its Centennial anniversary, in September 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a transformational $300 million gift to improve health in the United States, establishing Through education, research, and practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative works to tackle critical, 21st century challenges to public health in the United States, aiming to improve health and save lives nationwide. It has five focus areas: addiction and overdose; environmental challenges; obesity and the food system; risks to adolescent health; and violence. (

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking a Director of Communications to play a critical role in furthering the important mission of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Communications will shape and advance the Initiative's communications strategy, message, and brand across local, state, national and global communications. The Communications Director will work closely with Bloomberg Philanthropies and external firms in developing the Initiative's message and disseminating it. The position reports to the Director and Associate Director and will work closely with faculty, staff, students, the School's central communications and marketing team and other media departments to ensure a comprehensive and coherent strategy through which the Initiative's message is disseminated.

The work of the Communications Director will promote the work, prominence, and leaders of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative through earned media, thought leadership opportunities, website content, social media, live and virtual events, other digital platforms. This includes but is not limited to media relations, content development including press releases, blog posts, social media posts, the website, e-newsletters and the American Health Podcast.

The Communications Director will be responsible for assisting in the development of a marketing strategy for the Bloomberg Fellows program and will develop, oversee, and conduct public presentations designed to promote the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. The Communications Director will be responsible for ensuring accurate representation of the Initiative on the internet, including social media platforms. The Communications Director will be responsible for budget development, implementation and fiscal approval of communications and media-related projects.


• Providing vision, leadership, and counsel for the Initiative's communications, including articulating, and overseeing an integrated communications plan.
• Creating and overseeing the creation of original content across a variety of platforms, across current and emerging channels.
• Formulating and managing a comprehensive media relations strategy and program at the local, state and national levels encompassing print, television and social media outlets.
• Overseeing budget, implementation and fiscal approval of communications and media-related projects
• Developing and managing agreements and contracts with external communications firms
• Engaging with key media outlets, both proactively and reactively, to generate high quality, high impact media coverage.
• Managing communications for events, live and virtual, including the annual Bloomberg American Health Summit.
• Proactively identifying strategic communication opportunities with internal and external partners.
• Developing benchmark criteria to track and evaluate the effectiveness of the communications strategies on a regular basis.

• Developing and implementing a stakeholder communications strategy to share the Initiative's work with key stakeholders including but not limited funders, school leadership, industry partners, and policymakers.


The Bloomberg American Health Initiative Communications Director must have:

• Master's degree in communication, marketing or related field.
• Minimum of 8 years related experience required developing and implementing complex and comprehensive communication or advocacy strategies.
• 10 years related experience preferred. Experience in public health is preferred. Journalism experience is a plus.
• Holistic understanding of all aspects of communications, positioning and messaging, including industry best practices in both traditional and emerging media platforms and experience with state-of-the-art communications technology.
• Significant experience working with national media outlets and digital media channels.
• Demonstrated leadership experience designing and executing a strategic communications plan in a complex organization with varied priorities and stakeholders.
• Outstanding management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a decentralized environment.
• Excellent and nuanced writing ability and range.
• Strong interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation, and public speaking skills.

Classified Title: Director Communications & Marketing
Role/Level/Range: L/04/LE
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F/7.5 hours
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health
Department name: 10001021-BAHI Operations
Personnel area: School of Public Health

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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