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General summary/purpose: The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC), launched in March 2020, has evolved and grown in keeping with the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic. The site, which initially focused on tracking the spread of the pandemic through cases and deaths, rapidly expanded to include testing, contact tracing, hospitalization, and vaccination data and analysis. One theme that crosses all of these domains concerns the quality and standards for public data. At each stage of the pandemic, the CRC team has discovered – and whenever possible mitigated – challenges related to data consistency, quality, and availability.
As this pandemic has repeatedly demonstrated, incomplete, uninterpretable, or inaccessible data has real-world implications. Policymakers cannot understand the pandemic’s scope and the outcomes of their mitigation efforts without valid and reliable data; the media cannot accurately convey the state of the pandemic and its consequences; and the public struggles to identify trusted data sources.
CRC recognizes that the need to document these data challenges is increasingly critical in the current pandemic and for the future. As such, we are launching a Pandemic Data Initiative, including seeking a Technical Writer to analyze and document the myriad of data concerns Covid-19 data, as well as lessons learned from this evolving situation. The Technical Writer will be responsible for improving the CRC’s capacity to bring more Johns Hopkins analysis of Covid-19 data into the public domain.
Our ideal candidate will have strong research and communication skills, be conversant in data, and will bring experience translating complex topics for a lay audience. The Technical Writer will display an enthusiasm for helping the public understand Covid-19 data and related challenges, and must be detail oriented, creative, and able to work on several high priority projects concurrently with minimal supervision.
Note: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship and this position is for 1 year.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Support the leadership team of CRC and the Pandemic Data Initiative in their understanding of challenges regarding the quality, availability, standardization, and other issues with Covid-19 data
Research, analyze, and document Covid-19 data quality and standards or lack thereof
Launch a blog dedicated to Covid-19 data quality and standards and draft and coordinate blog entries
Contribute to op-eds, articles, briefings, FAQs, and other materials, on behalf of the Pandemic Data Initiative which help the public understand challenges around Covid-19 data quality and availability
Organize a monthly forum on pandemic data quality and standards, and produce a summary of the discussion
Help integrate the findings of the Pandemic Data Initiative into CRC communications and outreach
Provide content (such as talking points and other briefing materials) to leadership for virtual convenings of policymakers
Understand and reflect the knowledge of numerous experts on Covid-19 and Covid-19 data in written materials and other documents
Ensure a high level of quality and accuracy in all written materials
Develop content which resonates with the public and aligns to CRC’s tone and voice
Provide high quality copyediting and proofreading
Other duties as assigned
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in related technical/scientific field.
One year writing experience, preferably in technical/scientific field. Writing samples may be required.
Bachelor's degree is required, if degree is in a non-technical/scientific field, two years technical/scientific writing experience required.
Master’s degree in public health, journalism, communications, marketing or related technical/scientific field
Subject matter knowledge
Three years of related experience
Experience writing about data or other technical matters for a general audience
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Familiarity with data usage for public understanding and policy creation
Demonstrated excellence in written skills (writing samples will be required)
Excellent research and analytical skills
Commitment to a collegial workplace
Capacity to work independently and in a result-oriented work environment
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
Superior organizational skills and ability to set priorities and respond quickly as priorities change
Keen attention to detail
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build good relationships with peers and to interact with diverse stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to collect and synthesize information and provide summary reports
Excellent written, presentation, and research skills
High proficiency in WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, project management software, and virtual meeting platforms
Classified Title: Technical Writer Working Title: Technical Writer, Pandemic Data Initiative Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 5/37.5 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60006654-KSAS - Centers for Civic Impact Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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