Communications Assistant - China Africa Research Initiative Position
The China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies invites applications for the position of Communications Assistant. Reporting to the Director of CARI through the CARI Program Coordinator, the Communications Assistant will help ensure that CARI research is accurately and properly communicated to both general and technical audiences.
Tasks for this position include:
Managing and updating CARI’s website, mailing list and social media accounts:
Drafting concise, evidence-based communications material based on CARI research, analyzing and synthesizing key themes from CARI research papers;
Creating infographics and sourcing images to use for social media communication;
Drafting and sending CARI’s digital newsletter, sent to 3,500+ readers; maintaining the readership database.
Monitoring China-Africa news and providing strategic communications advice to CARI staff:
Providing weekly updates on the China-Africa news cycles;
Proposing topics for op-eds and blog posts, strategically leveraging the news cycle to reinforce the impact of CARI's research;
Managing a database of China-Africa journalists and media contacts, updating as needed;
Tracking media mentions of CARI research and affiliates;
Seeking out new communication platforms and strategies (new social media platform accounts, media content, etc.).
Maintaining consistent branding and graphic identity across all platforms:
Managing the visual identity of the CARI website;
Branding graphs and images with the CARI logo before publication;
Designing promotional brochures, flyers, and graphics as needed;
Ensuring that CARI’s image and media copyright practices remain up to standards, by finding, requesting, and obtaining rights to use photos and illustrations.
Assisting with CARI events (annual conferences, public and private roundtables, and government briefings), including by advertising and staffing events, working closely with the Program Coordinator.
Desired skills for this position include:
Substantial prior communications experience, a thorough understanding of communications strategy and the professional uses of social media;
Excellent writing and editing abilities and a solid command of English; a strong attention to detail;
Knowledge of email marketing and website management software (Squarespace and MailChimp or equivalents);
Proficiency in Adobe InDesign or equivalent, fair graphic design skills;
Excellent time management abilities, an ability to respond to tasks on an ad-hoc basis;
Interest in China-Africa issues strongly preferred.
The role will require about 5-10 hours per week with flexible hours for a 4-month commitment and an extension into the spring semester contingent upon performance. Tasks will be irregular, depending on the submission of papers and news cycle, as well as CARI’s event schedule.
Applicants must be Johns Hopkins University students and eligible to work in the United States. International students are welcome to apply. Candidates should be able to start work by mid-September 2019 at the latest. CARI is accepting applications immediately until August 22, 2019. Interested candidates should include in their application a CV, cover letter, and two draft samples of social media posts promoting a recent CARI publication, as a single PDF file.