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JOB NO.: 96839-LI

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Communications, Editing, Dean, Director, Executive, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Management/Supervisory, Marketing, Public Relations

Employment Class: Limited

Position Vacancy ID: 96839-LI

Working Title: Director of Strategic Communications

Official Title: DIR, UNSPECIFIED (8)(M94DN)

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: FEBRUARY 01, 2019

Term: N/A

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $85,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree required. Field of study in communications, journalism, public relations, English or a related field preferred. Higher education or academic medical center experience strongly preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- Five years of professional experience in strategic communications, including the development and implementation of integrated marketing and communication strategies in support of organizational objectives is required. Six or more years is preferred.
- Experience leading teams is required, with supervisory experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills required, with an open communication style that fosters trust, credibility and understanding.
- Ability to navigate complex academic and healthcare communities, building bridges and strong collaborative relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience seeking out new collaborative pathways.
- Medical/science writing or experience in research communications preferred.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

The Director of Strategic Communications is responsible for the direction and leadership of strategic communications planning and implementation at the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While the range of duties and responsibilities is broad and varied, the position's major responsibility is directing overall internal strategic communication for SMPH. The Director works closely with senior administrative and faculty leaders to determine message strategy and reach audiences at all levels of the school.

The Director champions the missions of the School of Medicine and Public Health, promotes a culture of transparency, and ensures that the vision of the school is articulated through multiple platforms to diverse audiences, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and the general public. S/he reports to the Dean's Chief of Staff and works closely with the Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, members of the Dean's Leadership Team, members of the UW Health Marketing and Communications team and University Communications. The Director will have a dotted-line relationship with the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at UW Health.

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:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

To see the principal duties of this position, please click on the "Full Position Details" link below.


Kim Mcfarlane
[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 apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter as a part of the application process. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position. You will also be asked to provide three professional/supervisor references during the application process.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

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

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Advertised: Dec 7 2018 Central Standard Time

Application Close: Jan 4 2019 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 12/8/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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