Madison, WI
Jul 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 91361-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Communications, Editing

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 91361-AS

Working Title: Communications Specialist


Hiring Department: A340325-VCRGE/GRAD/PROF DEV & COMMUN

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: SEPTEMBER 01, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelors degree required, graduate degree preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Skills and experience required:
- Highly proficient with technology and able to adapt and learn new tools quickly.
- Superb writing and editing skills and exceptional attention to detail, particularly the ability to write with clarity, accuracy, and brevity.
- Ability to adapt writing style to differentiated audiences and various media, including marketing materials, website copy, news articles, profiles, social media, and talking points.
- Knowledge of communication strategy, social marketing, and principles of translating scientific findings to the public.
- Excellent organization and project management skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated use of sound judgement when representing the organization.

Skills and experience preferred:
- Two years of professional experience in a communications position.
- Experience working in higher education, ideally with graduate students.
- Experience with website content management systems such as WordPress.
- Basic familiarity with principles of graphic design and software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Position Summary:

The Graduate School plays a crucial role in maintaining excellence in graduate education and allowing the University of Wisconsin-Madison to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing graduate education landscape. The Graduate School, home to over 9,200 doctoral and master's degree students, sets university-wide standards and policies, facilitates the development of new approaches to graduate education, promotes diversity initiatives, and advocates for graduate students and graduate education. Learn more at

The Communications Specialist is responsible for supporting the Graduate School in portraying, through various media platforms, the opportunities, values, and identity of the organization. The position, which reports to the Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Communications, is responsible for communication strategy, content creation, and website oversight.


Amanda Allaby
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click "Apply Now" to begin the application process.

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (news article and marketing/promotional copy). In your cover letter please describe your knowledge and experience as they relate to the position and qualifications.

The on-campus interview wil require candidates to participate in a writing exercise.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: 28 Jul 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 25 Aug 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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