The Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) is seeking a self-motivated, collaborative, and organized communications professional with a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to bring their creative vision and effective execution to this position. The position is responsible for the leadership and coordination of all communications produced and distributed by WISCIENCE for all of its constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, media, and community partners. This position works in collaboration with the unit staff to develop and coordinate communications specific to each unique program, course, or event, while maintaining common branding and themes across all unit communications. The successful candidate for this position will be able to see the big picture and the fine detail simultaneously and will continually develop in solving problems and moving our communications forward. The position reports to the WISCIENCE Associate Director.
WISCIENCE, (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement), is part of the Division for Teaching and Learning (DTL) along with the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA), the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring (CTLM), the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the Student Learning Assessment (SLA) office.
WISCIENCE seeks an individual who demonstrates the ability to: - Foster and promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Work effectively with a diverse community of students and colleagues. - Share complex information in a clear, concise, and organized manner in both verbal and written forms. - Connect well with others (students, families, faculty, and staff). - Work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team.
Anticipated Start Date: January 16, 2023
Develops and supervises the execution of communication programs and may supervise personnel and/or other resources in support of institutional or unit communication goals.
30% Manages the day-to-day operational unit plans to align with strategic initiatives and to meet established objectives
20% Plans, writes, and edits content for various internal and external stakeholders
10% Plans and directs unit programs and/or projects to ensure adherence to deadlines and budgets
10% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
20% Develops, implements, and delivers communication materials through various mediums to designated audiences
10% Support and guide the effective use of the unit's constituency relationship management system, CiviCRM, which currently includes data storage, reporting, and event registration.
Contribute to strategic development discussions and provide communications and marketing support to advance the WISCIENCE vision and mission.
Lead the implementation and iterative revision of a comprehensive communications and marketing plan to connect with WISCIENCE?s diverse stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, advisors, media, community).
Segment audiences, identify marketing opportunities, evaluate competition, integrate marketing tactics, and measure marketing program results.
Direct brand strategy, ensuring consistent brand identity in all materials produced by unit and alignment with institutional brand standards and branding objectives.
Develop and disseminate communications content for all WISCIENCE programs, courses, and events through audience appropriate communication channels.
Evaluate the effectiveness of communication strategies in meeting communications goals.
Assist with preparation for major WISCIENCE events and meetings including coordinating the marketing plan, ordering promotional materials, and assisting with on-site communications and documentation.
Update and maintain content within the existing WISCIENCE website.
Ensure department adherence to branding guidelines established by University marketing.
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other campus units and university communications professionals. Represent WISCIENCE on relevant campus committees (e.g., the campus communicators group).
Implement best practices for internal department communication.
Collaborate with the Director of Evaluation and Research, Program Coordinator and the Associate Director in the organization, maintenance, and reporting of WISCIENCE data from a central database and other data sources.
Keep up with industry best practices and maintain/enhance skills by participating in professional development opportunities, including professional conferences, skills training, and campus-wide communities of practice.
Provide effective support services, manage multiple priorities, stay organized, and remain flexible in a deadline- driven, highly detail-oriented environment.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Required Bachelor's Degree Degree Specialization/Field: Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations or related field
Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of 2 years of professional experience working in communications or closely related professional communication roles with progressive independence.
Preferred Qualifications: - Working collaboratively in teams to plan and execute projects. - Generating excellent written and verbal communications. - Managing projects with attention to detail, deadlines, and keeping coworkers and other partners on schedule. - Encouraging and engaging diverse perspectives ethically and with respect in alignment with an organization's mission, vision, and goals. - Graphic design skills with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) or similar programs. - Basic website editing within a content management system. - Experience working in and managing a database for constituent and event management. Specific knowledge of CiviCRM is preferred. - Experience working in marketing automation systems. Knowledge of data importing/exporting processes to create analytic and impact reports. - Experience working in higher education communication and marketing.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications The starting salary for the position is $60,000 but is negotiable based on qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.
- The Division for Teaching and Learning (DTL) strives to create a healthy, welcoming, and inclusive space for all and encourages applications from members of underrepresented communities and from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of the appointment.
How to Apply:
Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. Applicants will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience. If selected for a finalist interview, applicants will be asked to supply 3 references, including a current or most recent supervisor (if not currently employed). No references will be contacted without advance notice. PDF documents preferred but not required. Pay will be based on experience and qualifications.
We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.