The Department of Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU) seeks a Communications Coordinator to coordinate communications and community outreach efforts for the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research (CPCR). This role will also coordinate study participant recruitment, community outreach and engagement, and create recruitment and promotional materials as well as assist with recruitment utilizing online recruitment tools such as Facebook and Google Ads to engage with demographically diverse individuals. This individual will be responsible for the CPCR quarterly newsletter, social media accounts, website, and other communications and also for interacting with investigators, post-doctoral research fellows, and research coordinators to facilitate communications and community outreach efforts.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
- Coordinate inquiries received by email and social media.
- Assist with website design and communications.
- Coordinate and ensure publishing of quarterly newsletters and social media accounts.
- Convey research findings to broad audiences.
- Handle and keep sensitive and confidential information.
- Prepare communications to funders (e.g., progress reports).
- Create and/or deliver presentations and materials to convey CPCR mission, activities, and research developments.
- Communicate and collaborate with CPCR faculty and staff when preparing reports and social media posts.
- Conceptualize and design promotional materials for the CPCR.
- Represent the CPCR at meetings and events in the community.
- Establish rapport and engage with local, national, and online communities to reduce stigma on psychedelic assisted therapy, educate on CPCR mission and research findings, and recruit study participants for CPCR studies.
- Establish rapport and/or collaborate with other groups or organizations.
- Utilize website as a tool for recruitment and public relations.
- Conceptualize and design recruitment materials.
- Utilize a variety of recruitment tools, including but not limited to Facebook, Google, and print advertisements.
- Identify new tools and ways to improve study recruitment.
- Design advertisements to reach demographically diverse populations who are representative of the target population.
- Develop rapport with groups, organizations, and individuals that may be able to aid in recruitment.
- Build partnerships with local clinics and community centers for recruitment and outreach purposes.
- Interpret recruitment data, including advertisement reach, impressions, costs, and outcomes.
- Utilize Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel and other applications to collect data on recruitment ads and online activity.
- Report advertisement data and trends to CPCR faculty and staff.
- Triage communications and inquiries received via email, CPCR website, and social media.
- Manage sensitive and confidential information.
- Develop and maintain rapport with study participants on an as needed basis.
- Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
- 2 years of college coursework.
- Some related experience.
- Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
- Bachelor’s degree in related discipline such as marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field.
- 1 year community outreach experience.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience using various social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).
- Experience creating social media ads (e.g., Facebook, Google Ads).
- Experience working with underrepresented groups.
- Event planning, marketing, public affairs, community organizing, or recruitment.
- Ability to think creatively to reach target populations pertaining to various study protocols.
- Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks with concurrent deadlines and utilize good time management.
- Detail oriented.
- Excellent public speaking skills.
- Adaptable to a variety of environments.
- Ability to work independently and communicate effectively with others.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Experience with graphic design or creating promotional materials.
- Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended period.
- Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
- Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
- Communication skills using the written and spoken word.
- Ability to see (visually) within normal parameters.
- Ability to hear within normal range.
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 Coordinator
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/03/OE
Starting Salary Range: $17.59 – $24.18/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday thru Friday/40
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview
Department name: SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit
Personnel area: School of Medicine
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