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Johns Hopkins University Associate Director, Development Communications in Baltimore, Maryland

The Office of Communications for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) helps Johns Hopkins realize its mission of providing knowledge for the world by communicating the successes and priorities of the Johns Hopkins Institutions.

The Associate Director is a senior writer, responsible for increasing awareness of philanthropic impact and opportunities and helping promote giving and engagement with Johns Hopkins. This individual will serve as a strategic partner and service provider in a decentralized university and development environment.

This highly visible position requires integrity, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Primary duties and responsibilities :

  • Development and production of impact stories for use in DAR, divisional, and university publications (digital and print)

  • Interviewing donors, faculty members, volunteer leaders, and others as needed

  • Research, writing, revising, and obtaining approval for publication

  • Image research and procurement

  • Participation in the office “beat system”

  • Development and production of promotional materials related to philanthropic priorities

  • Working with freelance writers, photographers, and designers as needed

The Associate Director will work closely with the members of the DAR Communications team and collaborate with development and communications colleagues across the Johns Hopkins enterprise. This individual will serve as an ambassador for DAR and for Johns Hopkins at large, engaging through his/her work multiple constituencies, including donors, volunteers, alumni, and members of the community.

This position requires a critical thinker and a detail-oriented individual who can consistently meet the deadlines and editorial standards of the Office of and Communications. The successful candidate will represent our office and our division in meetings with colleagues, faculty, donors, staff, patients, students, and others on various Johns Hopkins campuses.


The successful candidate must be able to draw on a minimum of four years of writing experience in fundraising communications, print/online journalism, marketing communications, or public relations; demonstrated progression to more responsible roles over time is desirable. The candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, marketing, or communications; a master’s degree is preferred. Knowledge of academic fundraising is desirable.

The successful candidate for this position will be a versatile, creative, team-oriented, and highly productive individual who can organize workflow, set priorities, and thrive in a fluid and decentralized environment. The professional must be comfortable working independently and cooperatively with others and managing multiple projects at once with minimal supervision.

The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office, major social media platforms, and website content management systems.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 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: Communications Associate

Working Title: Associate Director, Development Communications

Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus

Department name: 10001647-Development Communications

Personnel area: University Administration

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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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Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.