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JOB NO.: 93826-AS

Work Type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Communications, Editing, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Marketing, Public Relations, Research, Scientific, Web Design/Development

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Terminal

Position Vacancy ID: 93826-AS

Working Title: Communications Specialist


FTE: 50% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: AUGUST 13, 2018

Term: This position will end on MARCH 31, 2019.

Advertised Salary:

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree is required. Specialization in journalism, communications, English, public health or health care preferred.

Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, strategic communications, marketing communications, or a related field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Required Candidate Characteristics:
A high level of comfort and experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities
Ability to execute successful communications and media strategies that support the goals of the Initiative and lead to increased visibility
Strong writing skills and the ability to research, report, and write stories and other copy on deadline.
Experience as media- spokesperson
Strategic communication planning
Community event planning and organization
An understanding of community coalition building- community partnership and relationship building
The ability produce lead reports to media outlets
Effective oral communication skills
Familiarity with social media platforms and strategies
Strong editing skills and the ability to quickly and effectively edit stories or other copy.
Ability to translate public health and/or scientific information for general audiences.
Photography experience and strong photography and photo editing skills.
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.

Preferred Candidate Characteristics:
Familiarity with health disparities, maternal child health and related substance use in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Experience in an agency setting, responding quickly to the unique needs of diverse clients
Experience in media relations, and a keen understanding of the needs of news media, news cycles and deadlines.
Experience (professional, student and/or volunteer) in journalism.
Experience with university and national level public relations Experience developing highly visible media campaigns
Experience developing highly visible media campaigns
Experience working with multi-level partnerships
Experience using Microsoft Office suite programs
Familiarity with AP Associated Press style

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

This position will be a UW School of Medicine and Public Health Lifecourse Initiative for Health Families position hired through the Center for Community Engagement and Healthcare Partnerships.

This highly visible position will support the communication goals of a large-scale initiative, the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF). The position will assume a leadership role to enhance the visibility of the Initiative. The position will also facilitate effective communication between, across, and from the LIHF Program office (LPO), community Collaboratives, and regional Collaborative.

The outreach specialist will apply the asset based community development model and work with LPO staff and the Collaboratives to produce a wide variety of written content/material and multimedia content including press releases/media outreach, print and digital publications, website content, social media, annual reports, presentations, and other outlets/materials. The position reports to the director of the Initiative. The Specialist will also be responsible for managing the Initiative website and co-lead the LIHF Communications Workgroup with the LPO staff.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information:


Nick Harding
[email protected]
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:

To begin the application process please click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.

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: Jul 11 2018 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Aug 8 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time





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Posted: 7/12/2018
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