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Senior Research Program Coordinator – 1175

General Description:

The Berman Institute of Bioethics is seeking a Sr. Research Program Coordinator to work collaboratively on the PREVENT project: Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics, and New Technology. The Sr. Research Program Coordinator will work with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in ethics, public health, vaccine science, and maternal medicine to provide research and administrative support.

PREVENT is a grant-funded project at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics focuses on producing action-oriented guidance for how vaccine research and development (R&D) for new epidemic threats can be inclusive of and responsive to the health interests of pregnant women.

Zika virus, H1N1, and Ebola have called attention to the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can severely – and at times uniquely – affect the health interests of pregnant women and their offspring. These examples also highlight the critical need to proactively consider pregnant women and their offspring in research & development (R&D) efforts to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This is especially true for vaccine R&D, since vaccines are often a critical component in the public health response to epidemic threats.

The project has already developed its first set of guidance on Zika virus vaccines (available at: www.zikapregnancyethics.org). The work currently underway supports development of an ethics framework for vaccine R&D addressing a broader range of pathogens and epidemic threats.

To produce this guidance, the research team will be consulting and collaborating with international experts in bioethics, public health, medicine, and health law. We will also be conducting literature reviews and case studies.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct expert consultations and literature reviews related to the development of new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases and the pathophysiology of infectious diseases in pregnancy.
  • Assist in drafting select manuscripts. Edit scientific manuscripts, reports, policy briefs, and articles for publication, including reference formatting.
  • Work closely with the Project Director, Principal Investigator, and team members at Johns Hopkins and partner organizations on project planning, management and strategy development. This includes the development of work plans and timelines.
  • Identify experts within the applicable fields of study to provide consultation on the project, coordinate consultation activities, and oversee contact management. Analyze and synthesize the information gathered through the consultation.
  • Prepare progress reports for the funder.
  • Manage updates and maintenance of the project’s knowledge management platforms.
  • Manage the paperwork process for external contractors. Serve as a liaison between the project, finance team, and contractors.
  • Monitor monthly expenditures, reconcile accounts, and compile reports to ensure spending aligns with budgetary constraints. Prepare invoices and expenses for reimbursement.
  • Coordinate and organize conference calls, meetings, and retreats for the research teams, principal investigators, expert consultants, and other relevant partners. Ensure meeting space is appropriately configured, prepare agendas and presentation material, and record minutes of meetings.
  • Provide administrative support for all project activities.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, preferably in science, public health, social science, or related discipline.  Some related experience is required; 2 or more years of experience is preferred.  Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience; up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Highly organized, proactive, and able to multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines among competing time and resource demands.
  • Effective communicator with excellent written and editorial skills. Able to analyze data and convey complex concepts to a range of audiences.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), knowledge management platforms, scientific databases, and the ability to quickly learn new programs. Adept in library and online research.
  • Highly motivated individual able to work independently and within the team structure.
  • Highly resourceful with strong problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working on women’s health issues.
  • Knowledge of bioethics literature, particularly research ethics
  • Knowledge of basic science, clinical trial design, vaccines and/or virology and immunology.

How to Apply

Please complete an online application at and attach a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this opportunity, as well as a resume.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.


Sr. Director of External Affairs –  1360

General Description:    

As part of the senior leadership team for the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Senior Director of External Affairs will plan, manage, and coordinate all external outreach including fundraising, marketing and communications, and media relations strategies and plans in support of the institute in partnership with associated faculty and staff. This will rely heavily on continued expansion of the base of constituents (donors and volunteers) affiliated with the institute which this position will oversee. The Senior Director will manage a team of two direct reports with a total staff of four.

This position will report jointly to the Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations for the Johns Hopkins University.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:     

  • Partner with the Director and leadership of the institute along with the Associate Vice President to establish campaign priorities that align multi-year fundraising strategies and goals with priorities of the institute.
  • Provide support and direction for the Berman Institute Advisory Board (a twenty-six-member volunteer board that meets three times annually), the board’s Executive Committee (which meets twice annually), and the board’s Development Committee (which meets regularly). Work closely with and provide support to leadership of the board including the board chair and the chairs of the Executive and Development Committees.
  • Develop an overall fundraising strategy and plan for institute to include private donors along with corporate and foundation support. Build and manage a portfolio of principal, major, and annual giving donors and prospects. Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies. Lead and manage the external affairs team including two professional staff and one administrative staff in the planning and execution of this work.
  • Work closely with Director and Associate Vice President to establish annual fundraising goals based upon the multi-­year campaign goals as well as current priorities and opportunities. This will result in an annual work plan that will include specific monetary goals, targets for proposals, and visits planned in accordance with institutional standards.
  • Personally communicate with and visit major prospects and donors; advise them on specific devices for giving, both current and deferred, to maximize gift and tax benefits. Prepare and/or direct preparation of principal and major gift proposals, solicitation letters, cultivation materials, and stewardship information for prospects and donors.
  • Coordinate fundraising activities and prospect management with institutional development staff. Leverage central services and resources to support the institute’s development office and supplement its capabilities when needed.
  • Provide training and guidance to faculty and volunteers in the dynamics of major gift fundraising. Leverage them and partner with them to grow the base of donors and philanthropic support.
  • Manage and oversee on-site and off-site regional meetings and events such as advisory board meetings, research presentations, chair dedications, cultivation and stewardship visits with faculty to major gift donors and prospects; develop agendas and coordinate the participation of faculty, administration leaders, trustees, and volunteers.
  • Act as a member of the university’s senior development leadership team along with other Senior Directors and Associate Deans from other areas of the university. Participate in regular meetings to coordinate institutional planning and related activity.
  • Oversee and implement the institution’s comprehensive marketing and communications, and media relations strategies designed to increase the exposure of the Institute and broaden the base of interested “friends” and potential donors.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Seven years related professional level experience, including at least two years of management experience required.
  • Experience in major gift philanthropy within academic medicine or higher education and preferably including experience staffing a high-level volunteer board preferred.

Special Knowledge and Skill:

  • Strong desire to associate with Johns Hopkins University and champion the mission of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.
  • Ability to establish priorities, set objectives and achieve stated goals.
  • Comfortable working in a complex, multi-divisional organizational environment.
  • Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation, and management.
  • Staff management experience in a proactive organizational environment.
  • Ability to work with broadly diverse groups of constituents to achieve fund raising goals with particular emphasis on working with volunteers.
  • Broad understanding and experience with building and implementing a comprehensive communications plan.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent presentation abilities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

How to Apply:

Please complete an online application and attach a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this opportunity, as well as a resume.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information on our mission and projects please visit www.bioethicsinstitute.org.


Events Specialist – 1178

General Description:

As a university-wide, independent, interdisciplinary institute, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (BI) identifies and addresses key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health both locally and globally.  With more than 40 faculty from five divisions, 50 staff and fellows, and many students, the BI engages in research, education/training, and policy-oriented activities.

Throughout the year, the BI plans, organizes, and hosts a variety of events that are designed to reach a range of communities and stakeholders.  These activities are core to the Institute’s mission and include symposia, seminar series, multi-day conferences, and endowed lectures and events, all of which involve national and international experts in a variety of fields.  The Institute also hosts research retreats, board meetings, fundraising events, community lunches, and various other special events.  The Events Specialist liaises with Institute leadership, faculty, and development and program staff to strategically plan and implement the above mentioned activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently conceptualize, implement, manage, and evaluate complex events and programs. Provide non-standard, non-routine event expertise for a wide range of events including endowed/gift supported lectureships and events, university-wide seminars, symposia and multi-day conferences, board meetings, research retreats, fundraising events, panel discussions, community events, and internal special events.
  • Develop and utilize knowledge about the Institute to design and manage events.
  • Lead coordination/planning, developing and implementing event timelines to ensure all events are executed efficiently and effectively with a focus on details. Consistently handle multiple events and priorities.
  • Research and recommend appropriate venues that may include hotels, museums, and campus buildings, performing site visits when required, and oversee rentals, décor, parking and public safety, and other venue matters.
  • Initiate request for proposals as well as select and negotiate vendors (printers, caterers, A/V groups, suppliers, mailing houses, photographers, florists and restaurants, etc.). On an ongoing basis, review vendors and services for competitive/current pricing as well as proactively research and contract with new vendors. Work with internal JHU services on various campuses (security, parking, facilities, catering, custodial services, etc.)
  • Work with the Institute’s Communications team to optimize visibility of events.
  • Coordinate closely with the Institute’s Development team on donor and development related events including but not limited to board meetings, donor tours and luncheons.
  • Establish relationships, liaise, and work effectively with external and internal constituencies, including leadership, faculty, staff, students, board members, donors, dignitaries, speakers, participants, and others. Lead and cultivate collaboration with a broad range of JHU departments/centers or external organizations as needed to implement effective events of various scale and complexity.
  • Research and implement best practices, maintaining up-to-date knowledge of event principles and appropriate event planning concepts, including knowledge of protocols to ensure that Institute and donor/participant expectations are met.
  • Provide necessary follow-up for all event activities. Prepare reports incorporating the analysis of event effectiveness and lead efforts to improve and adjust strategy, methods, and practices.
  • Supervise student and/or volunteer workers while in the event setting. Oversee and lead all aspects of scheduling, training, task assignment, and/or job direction as needed.
  • For internal events, purchase event supplements, hands-on setup/preparation, address issues that arise, and oversee group clean-up/close out of the event. Ensure A/V equipment, tables, chairs, and other event related equipment is configured appropriately for the space and function.  Oversee the replacement and/or repair of event items as needed.
  • Conceptualize, plan, and host Institute-wide training meetings focused on event planning and work with research/administrative coordinators on effective communication with vendors.
  • Lead the preparation of budget projections and forecasts on an annual basis for event centered accounts. Create and manage budgets and initiate internal approval documents for major Institute events, including monitoring of expenditures and preparation of reports. Work closely with Institute finance team regarding purchasing and accounts receivables.
  • Staff seminar committee, organizing meetings, working with faculty to set agendas, and ensuring follow through occurs with various offices. Serve as Institute’s point of contact for seminar guest lecturers, ensure that accurate scheduling and program adherence occurs, process and execute all necessary paperwork, oversee set up of presentations, collect communication pieces (bio, photo, release signatures, etc.), and oversee air/rail travel, transportation, and hotel accommodations.
  • Staff assigned projects, providing support as needed. Collaborate with the project team to create the project timeline with objectives and deadlines.  Create spreadsheets to track milestones and data.  Correspond with senior leadership, faculty, and staff to obtain and present information related to the project.  Organize information in electronic and physical files for easy access.
  • Develop policy and procedure manuals for individual events and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required. Two years of related experience required.  Three years progressively responsible related experience, preferably in office management, project management and/or planning and managing large-scale and complex events in higher education providing high level administrative oversight, coordination, and support preferred. Additional related experience may be substituted for required education and additional education may be substituted for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience; up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

 Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated excellence in written, verbal and inter-personal communication and the ability to skillfully and diplomatically relate with diverse groups including VIP guests, donors, board members, faculty, staff, students, Hopkins community members, and the general public.
  • Must enjoy and possess strengths in organizing and problem-solving, and demonstrate a strong ability to work both independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Comfortable in a position requiring multi-tasking, must function effectively and professionally in a fast-paced environment while managing stressful situations calmly and gracefully, and must have the ability to focus on details and follow through to completion within time constraints.
  • Must be able to determine priorities, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality, comfortably taking initiative and exercising independent judgment to resolve issues as they arise.
  • Possess excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point), internet research, and the ability to learn and implement new software.
  • Ability to move easily throughout the campus and to off-site event locations to pick up/deliver materials and set up/take down for events.
  • Evening work with some travel for selected events is possible.

 How to Apply:

Please complete an online application and attach a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this opportunity, as well as a resume.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information on our mission and projects please visit www.bioethicsinstitute.org.


Administrative Coordinator – 2568

 General Description:

Provide administrative and research support to faculty members of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.  Work assignments cover a range of activities including project management, grant proposals, budget monitoring, research, and general administrative support.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage assigned projects through to completion. Provide support for academic and policy-oriented inquiries.  Draft and edit manuscripts, ad-hoc reports, and correspondence ensuring they adhere to the stated preferred writing style.
  • Assist in preparation of grant applications/renewals in conjunction with faculty members and research staff.
  • Coordinate reimbursement materials for submission to finance department.
  • Serve as the administrative point of contact for assigned faculty and fellowship program. Manage calendars for assigned faculty, prioritizing multiple requests, and ensuring conflict-free meetings and appointments.  Create and manage tickler files and follow up regularly on activities and tasks.  Effectively communicate with academic and administrative leaders, faculty, students, other staff, and external contacts on behalf of Berman Institute faculty and postdoctoral fellows.  Efficiently manage faculty’s time and travel in accordance with their specified preferences.
  • Manage communication regarding the fellowship program to current postdoctoral fellows and faculty members. Assist with orientation preparations, guest speakers, and fellowship events.  Maintain databases with application materials, admission statistics, and current fellow and alumni information.  Support the admissions committee members and communicate with candidates throughout the application process.
  • Coordinate and execute routine meetings and special events; organize travel arrangements, catering, venue reservations, contracts, conference lines, A/V support, and other aspects as needed. Prepare agendas and meeting materials for distribution.  Attend meetings and record minutes.  Compile decisions and action plans discussed in meetings and ensure the appropriate follow-up is conducted.
  • Produce reports utilizing Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and other software. Proofread and edit confidential and sensitive information, and prepare official documents for signature.  Analyze existing systems for improvement, design and maintain administrative filing systems to include: filing, retrieval, storage, coding, updating, and destructions.
  • Maintain gradebooks, syllabi, course pages on CoursePlus, and communicate with students and guest presenters on behalf of the course instructors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

High School Diploma/GED required. Three years of progressive administrative responsibility is required.  Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience; up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Possess excellent computer literacy, word processing, and spreadsheet skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, RefWorks, library and online research to include online journal databases, with the ability to quickly learn new software is required.
  • A demonstrated attention to detail is vital as the incumbent will be required to work with a high degree of accuracy to independently complete tasks, resolve administrative issues, edit written submissions, prioritize and manage various projects with concurrent deadlines, and respond to changing priorities within a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with excellent organizational skills. Able to utilize discretion and diplomacy when working with sensitive and privileged subject matter, maintain confidentiality, and exercise good judgement.
  • Adept in effectively communicating through excellent oral and written skills to a wide range of constituents internally and externally.
  • Ability to work efficiently as a collaborative team member with BI faculty, staff, leadership, and external contacts. Embrace the mission of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

How to Apply:

 Please complete an online application, and include a resume and cover letter detailing why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information on our mission and projects, please visit www.bioethicsinstitute.org.



Communication and Marketing Manager – 2566

 General Description:

The Communication and Marketing Manager will provide vision, leadership, policy formulation, development for, and management of an integrated communications and marketing program to promote and advance the initiatives of the Berman Institute of Bioethics (BI). The primary function of this role, who reports to the Senior Director of External Relations, is to promote the BI by cultivating recognition of its accomplishments, bring visibility to development opportunities and successes, and provide context and relevance of its academic programs.

Responsibilities:

Develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive communications and marketing plan for the BI; work creatively and collaboratively with faculty and staff to assist in their outreach efforts as part of a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy including media relations; and with Development Team to develop and implement stewardship strategy, including templates, timing, drafting and execution of donor acknowledgements; and promote philanthropic or grant funding received by the BI.

This position will work to promote the BI with constituencies throughout the university by developing methods and materials to ensure that external and internal audiences are made aware of the Institute’s activities; strategize and implement a plan for media relations; oversee production of all printed and electronic development communications shared with its external and internal audiences; and determine content, contribute to writing, and manage production of the Institute’s stewardship process, and content for the Institute’s website, development publications, newsletters, brochure texts, articles, and seasonal and special communications.

In addition, he or she will direct all written and graphical elements working in collaboration with the university’s Development and Alumni Relations Office of Communications to promote the Institute through press releases, articles, and calendar listings and generating story ideas for university development publications. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the Institute’s Development and Alumni Relations Management Team.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required in a related field. Seven years progressively responsible related experience in Marketing and or Communications, preferably in an academic environment. Advanced degree may substitute for some experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have knowledge of web-based marketing, market analysis, and web development
  • Exceptional ability to communicate through written materials a must, as is previous publication experience and the ability to translate technical concepts into broadly accessible stories.
  • Additional evidence of proven leadership skills.
  • Ability to build relationships across the organization.
  • Work well with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team, in a deadline-oriented setting.
  • Excellent verbal communication and organizational skills.

How to Apply:

Please complete an online application for requisition 2566 with a resume and cover letter detailing why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.  Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.


Questions may be directed to Erin Law, Human Resource Coordinator: elaw1@jhu.edu