COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Location
Madison, WI
Posted
Sep 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


JOB NO.: 92015-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time

Department: CALS/EXTRNAL AFFAIRS/COMP PRG


Location: Madison

Categories: Communications, Editing, Marketing, Public Relations

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 92015-AS

Working Title: COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Official Title: UNIV RELATIONS SPEC(T54DN) or ASSOC UNIV REL SPEC(T54FN)

Hiring Department: A071620-COL OF AG & LIFE SCIENCES/EXTRNAL AFFAIRS/COMP PRG

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JANUARY 01, 2018

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $36,790 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications



Degree and Area of Specialization:

A bachelors degree is required. Specialization in journalism, communications, English, agricultural science or biological science is preferred.



Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

This position requires at least one year of professional experience in a communications setting or at least one year of student employment in a directly relevant role.

The candidate must demonstrate:
- Photography experience and strong photography and photo editing skills.
- Strong writing skills and the ability to research, report and write stories and other copy on deadline.
- Strong editing skills and the ability to quickly and effectively edit stories or other copy.
- Ability to translate agricultural and/or scientific information for general audiences.
- Strong time-management skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to work collaboratively on projects.
- Ability to independently manage and execute projects.

Preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate:
- Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to edit and process photos.
- Ability to produce videos, audio slideshows, enriched digital stories and other multimedia content using software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition, Audacity.
- Experience (professional, student and/or volunteer) in science journalism and/or agricultural journalism.
- Experience using Microsoft Office suite programs.
- Familiarity with AP style.
- Familiarity with WordPress, Constant Contact and/or other web and email content management systems.
- Experience in media relations, and a keen understanding of the needs of news media, news cycles and deadlines.
- Familiarity with Wisconsin agriculture and/or the life sciences.



Position Summary:

This position supports the communication goals of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). As a member of the CALS Office of External Relations team, the communications specialist will produce a wide variety of photographic and written content, along with some multimedia content, for the college's news operation, print and digital publications, websites, social media, annual reports, presentations and other outlets/materials. The communications specialist will also help with standard duties of the college's news office. The position reports to the CALS news manager.



Additional Information:

Some assignments will require travel and/or evening and weekend work.



Contact:

Todd Schry
todd.schry@wisc.edu
608-890-1677
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 Online' to begin the application process. You will be asked to provide a resume and letter of interest (cover letter), as well as two short writing samples as a single document and two photography samples as another document for a total of 4 documents uploaded. Please limit your submissions to just two samples of both your writing and photography rather than providing links to portfolios of your work at this time.



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.

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Advertised: Sep 17 2017 Central Daylight Time


Application Close: Oct 15 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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