Job no: 225783-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Graphic Design, Management/Supervisory, Marketing, Public Relations, Research, Scientific, Web Design/Development

Position Summary:

This position directs communications strategic planning and execution for the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous evidence to inform policies and programs to combat poverty, inequality, and their effects in the United States. IRP is the nations only federally funded poverty center and leader of the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers. Its mission is accomplished via the orchestration of a national research, training, and dissemination agenda grounded in extensive collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. This position also provides approval and guidance for communications including staffing and budgetary planning in support of IRPs communication goals, and contributes content to various IRP communications efforts and publications.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelors Degree - Preferred Minimum; preference for degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public policy or related field

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

At least three years of communications experience, including demonstrated writing experience, public relations, marketing, work with media, print and digital publishing.

Outstanding writing, editing, proofreading, and layout and design skills.

In-depth understanding of and experience applying current social media technologies, industry trends, and audience engagement tactics.

Ability to analyze and translate data, technical, and scholarly works into accessible language for multiple audiences.

Demonstrated success collaborating with teams and the ability to manage and prioritize numberous projects in a fast-paced environment.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite as well as other publishing and digital media applications.

Knowledge of social policy, poverty-related issues and research preferred.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $44,748 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.
Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Hilary Shager
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

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).

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Applications Open: Aug 24 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 21 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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