Student Communications Specialist

Requisition Number:



Baltimore, MD


Position Title:              Communications Specialist
Department of International Health
Supervisor:                  Rose Weeks 
Schedule:                    10-15 hours a week
Employment Period:    July 1, 2017 to May 15, 2018 (start date is flexible)

This position would support two centers within the Department of International Health. Both centers are looking for a highly motivated individual to support communications functions.

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health supports tribal communities to lead in designing public health programs to raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people around the world. We are an independent center within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with satellite offices on reservations of the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache, Navajo Nation, and Santo Domingo Pueblo, where our American Indian workforce serves on their tribal lands. With 35 years of collaboration with southwestern tribes, our programming now reaches more than 50 tribal nations in over 25 states. These partnerships have achieved landmark public health breakthroughs credited with saving the lives of over 60 million children around the world.

Our Center seeks a highly motivated individual to support communications functions including email newsletter, social media, website management, and presentations. Reporting to the Director of Communications at the Center for American Indian Health, this individual would be responsible for communicating about the center’s programs, training courses, and milestones to diverse audiences including tribal communities, foundations, research partners, and scholars.

ROTA Council
The Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council is managed out of the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications group of the International Vaccine Access Center. ROTA Council members communicate evidence to policy makers and other key decision makers about the burden of rotavirus disease and the impact of vaccines. Part of this work relies on effective communications to partners and others who influence decision makers—including through e-newsletters, social media, and through the newly-relaunched website

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:


  • Contribute to the production of high-impact original content including website content, newsletters, and marketing materials such as brochures, fact sheets and presentations.
  • Produce Center for American Indian Health bimonthly e-newsletter: Write newsletter based on established template, and ensure multiple levels of proofreading with excellent end result
  • Contribute to development of ROTA Council bimonthly Progress Updates including compiling research summaries, reviewing media tracking reports
  • Write and edit website copy: Write news pieces, help ensure website pages are up-to-date
  • Develop social media strategy; plan and schedule social media updates
  • Monitor news media coverage of American Indian health issues to share relevant updates with our community via social media and highlight opportunities for news outreach
  • Share news produced through ROTA Council with global health community through e-newsletter and social media
  • Tracks events and conferences to support communications planning
  • Report on monthly website & newsletter analytics to team  


  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about how best to communicate to diverse audiences
  • Ability to summarize and distill large amounts of information to identify key messages
  • Ability to summarize information into concise and compelling stories
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and organized fashion
  • Experience managing professional social media accounts (e.g. Facebook pages, Twitter handles) including ability to build engaged community and produce widely shared content
  • Extremely detail oriented and proficient with self-editing, producing copy requiring minimal top editing
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills – preferred but not required
  • Proficient with visual design – preferred but not required
  • Ability to use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator or online software such as– preferred but not required
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently and collaboratively

Contact Information

To apply for this position, send an email inquiry to rweeks AT and state your interest in the position and your qualifications. Please include writing samples other than academic writing samples (e.g., blogs, news stories, e-newsletters produced, brochures, professional Facebook page links, photography, etc.) If your resume is up-to-date, you may want to attach it.