Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) supports Johns Hopkins’
focus on research, teaching and patient care, and its role as a
national and global leader in higher education. We create and
foster enduring relationships that result in advocacy and
philanthropic support for Johns Hopkins University & Medicine;
strengthening the institution through partnerships with donors,
alumni, volunteer leaders, faculty, students, staff, and
Johns Hopkins University supports a flexible work
model which includes four different work modalities. This role has
a hybrid work arrangement with an onsite presence of 3 days per
week. The manager will confirm the team’s core onsite days where
the majority/all team members will work in the office. Employees
who travel on university business can count those days towards
their onsite days.
The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) Development and
Relations Office of 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
The Assistant Director is a senior writer responsible for
increasing awareness of the philanthropic impact, and opportunities
and helping promote giving and engagement with the Whiting School
of Engineering. As a senior writer and editor, this position will
have the primary duty of illustrating the role of philanthropy
through impact stories, solicitations, marketing collateral for
gift officers, acknowledgment letters, donor recognition programs,
and stewardship materials for students, faculty, alumni, and
friends of the institution.
This highly visible position requires integrity, strong
interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and exceptional written
and verbal communication skills.
- Development and production of impact stories for use in WSE
updates, divisional, and university publications related to
philanthropic activities and opportunities (digital and print)
- Source content by interviewing donors, faculty members,
volunteer leaders, and others as needed
- Research, write, revise, and obtain approval for
- Procure and research images
- Gain knowledge of the WSE faculty departments, institutes, and
- The Assistant Director will work closely with the members of
WSE Marketing and Communications team along with DAR Communications
team to collaborate with development and communications colleagues
across the Johns Hopkins enterprise.
- Generate channel appropriate content for newsletters,
magazines, email, social media, web copy, proposals, letters,
briefings and more.
- Know the formal and informal departmental goals, standards,
policies and procedures
- Exchange non-routine, and at times confidential information
with a high level of professionalism and tactful approach
- Partner with the Office of Annual Giving, and Hopkins Fund gift
officers to provide WSE specific content.
- Work with freelance writers, photographers, and designers as
- This individual will serve as an ambassador for WSE and for
Johns Hopkins at large, engaging various constituencies, including
donors, volunteers, alumni, and community members.
This position requires a critical thinker with strong
analytical and research skills. The successful candidate will need
to be a detail-oriented individual who can consistently meet the
deadlines and editorial standards of the Office of WSE External
Relations. 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
- Bachelor's degree
- Three years related experience. Writing samples may be
requested during the selection process.
The successful candidate must be able to draw on a minimum of
five 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;
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, deadline
driven 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.
All applicants are expected to uphold the university’s core
values which includes diversity and inclusion. All staff treat
people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent. We
demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people
regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion,
ethnicity, disability status or other characteristics. We show
respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and
promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage
behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or
critical toward people with certain backgrounds.