The Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs (SAIS) Director of Communications & Media Relations works in close collaboration with SAIS’s marketing team to identify, develop, and drive communications efforts as part of the SAIS overall strategy. The positions serves to amplify the work of SAIS domestically and abroad by bolstering relationships with governmental and non-government partners and subject-matter experts, potential, existing and former students, academic institutions, and identifying new and timely opportunities to communicate the impact of SAIS’s programs, research, education, practice, accomplishments, events and key individuals or teams.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Serve as the SAIS Dean’s strategic communications advisor to ensure he is aware of all communications and event plans, and is prepared to successfully engage and navigate commitments and events as appropriate.
Implement a strategic outreach and communications plan that is approved by the SAIS Dean and coordinated with relevant internal leadership personnel, including but not limited to the Chief of Staff, Marketing Director, Senior Deans, Assistant Dean of Global Recruitment and Enrollment, and Director, Global Careers.
Facilitate internal communications efforts to build organizational awareness and ensure consistency of messaging throughout the school.
Partner with teams across the school to develop content for external communications efforts, draft and edit communication materials including press releases, talking points, speeches, explainer videos, testimony and other documents.
On behalf of SAIS Dean and other senior SAIS leaders and/or advisors, assist in the drafting and secure placement of thought leader and opinion pieces related to issues and priorities in the realms of international relations, economic instability, security challenges, poverty, inequity and vulnerability.
Identify opportunities to position the SAIS Dean, his direct reports and key SAIS scholars/faculty as thought-leaders in the international studies space
Secure speaking and engagement opportunities, such as forums, panels, and roundtables for SAIS Dean, his direct reports and key SAIS scholars/faculty to highlight unique capabilities of SAIS.
Secure briefings with government officials in the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury to develop unique and special relationships with government regarding the Joint Strategy of the US State Department and USAID, the National Defense Strategy and the Treasury Strategic Plan, and how SAIS may serve as a subject matter expert and engage student, researcher and SMEs to assist the Executive Branch.
Coordinate all media outreach and identify opportunities for earned media related to issues and priorities important to SAIS’s success as a leader in the education of young professionals who are innovative problem-solvers in today’s interconnected world.
Serve as SAIS communications point of contact for media and senior level engagement at events.
Maintain a robust media list and cultivate relationships with expert correspondents and media personalities related to international relations, defense strategy, global finance and economics.
In coordination with key SAIS teams and leadership, develop proactive public relations campaigns and materials for distribution to educate the media and key influencers about new SAIS initiatives, programs, and successes.
Serve as primary communications point of contact for all Departments in SAIS as well as across University divisions and the central University team, at the direction of the Dean and senior leadership.
Conduct periodic (quarterly) reviews, and report to Dean, regarding Department compliance with communications restrictions and plans.
Manage media monitoring, evaluation, and analysis, including scanning print, television, radio, and the Internet for newsworthy items and current events that directly impact SAIS.
Manage relevant vendor relationships such as prnews wire.com, newswire.com and other vendors to include formulating statements of work, managing payment, requiring coordination with Legal and Finance teams.
Manage on-site (and possibly off-site) interviews, press conferences, news, video and film crews as required
Conduct media training for appropriate SAIS personnel
Lead emergency and crisis communications, working with School and University-wide crisis and risk management teams and systems, at the request and direction of the Dean and senior leadership.
Other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Strong written and verbal communications skills – both from an internal and external capacity
Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills
Excellent presentation skills
Ability to break down complex issues into easily understandable terms
Highly motivated, passionate, creative team player
Able to work in a collaborative team environment, and willing to collaborate with a large number of internal stakeholders throughout the organization
Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams
Ability to communicate with diverse personalities in a tactful, mature, flexible manner
Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize duties appropriately
Possess professional presence and demeanor
Mission-driven, guided by core values, and a pleasure to work with
Education & Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree. Equivalent combination of education, training, certification, and experience may be substituted for degree requirements
Ten or more years of experience in communications, public relations, and media relations in public policy, issues management, or public affairs
Five or more years’ staff management
Experience managing issues and driving crisis communications in fast-paced environments
Experience writing messaging materials in AP style
Experience working with cross-functional groups
Experience building outreach programs and coalitions and managing stakeholder relations at a national level
Preferred Education & Experience
Social media experience or oversight of social media functions preferred.
Prefer candidates with firsthand knowledge of international and national media outlets, both print and electronic.
Experience in higher education, government affairs or community-relations is a plus.
Internal Number: 18893-en_US
About Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Bal...timore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.