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Senior Communications Specialist-CEPAR

Requisition #: 421923
Location: Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category: Non-Clinical Professional
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time
Weekend Work Required: No
Date Posted: Oct. 28, 2021

Join an amazing global healthcare organization!

Excellent compensation package!

Awesome benefits, including dependent tuition reimbursement!

Requisition #: 421923

Location: 901 S. Bond Street, Suite 550, Baltimore, MD 21231


Full Time (40 hours)

Day Shift, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Position Summary:

Plan, manage, edit and write narratives for JHM to support our strategic priorities. Identify stories and produce high quality written materials for JHM electronic, print, web, video and media outlets. Stories include but are not limited to research news and translating complex business initiatives or biomedical research into language clear and comprehensible to readers unfamiliar with the subject matter; feature articles and stories about institutional initiatives and programs and/or faculty profiles. Develop and maintain 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. Assist in planning, developing collateral material, and implementing media relations and internal communications to support various events including but not limited to press conferences, symposia, town halls and leadership internal communication.


Master's or Bachelor's degree in life sciences, science writing, journalism or communications required. Advanced degree in related field preferred.

Work Experience:

A minimum of five years of experience in freelancing, writing, journalism, media relations or public affairs, is required. Will accept a Master's with three years of experience or PhD in a relevant biomedical field with one year of experience. Requires demonstrated experience in high quality writing and editing, working successfully on deadline and designing and implementing communications plans and strategies. Demonstrated experience in supervising and implementing effective and external and internal communications plans and strategies and in editing/writing high-quality retail or academic publications is required.


  • Demonstrated experience in supervising and implementing effective external and internal communications plans and strategies in editing/writing publications; experience in working with national and regional 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. Requires familiarity and comfort with biomedical terminology. Familiarity with media tracking services and databases preferred.
  • Proven skills in complex narrative writing and editing, including the ability to translate medical, technical, scientific or statistical information for lay and other audiences. Requires strong communication skills and proven ability to precisely and objectively communicate information and give and receive clear messages; ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment and effectively prioritizing and managing multiple projects at once, while setting and meeting demanding deadlines; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; sound judgment and discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; demonstrated excellence in narrative writing and editing. Ability to work effectively and independently with highest levels of faculty.

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are drug-free workplace employers.


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