Job no: 235936-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Event Planning, Program Coordination, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Marketing, Public Relations, Project Management

Position Summary:

UniverCity Alliance (UCA) is the front door for local governments to partner with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Our hallmark program, UniverCity Year (UCY), connects UW-Madison courses with community-identified issues that need to be addressed. We also help build connections across the UW-Madison campus for those faculty and staff interested in urban topics.

The successful applicant will be an integral member of the UCA team and will work on a variety of programs facilitated by UniverCity Alliance, such as the UniverCity Year program, the Community of Practice, City of Madison Partnerships, and others. This position will be responsible for outreach, events, education and communication of all aspects of UCA programs.

UCA is a program of COWS, a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. Based at the UW-Madison, COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all.

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:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy, Political Science, Urban Planning, Non-Profit Management, or other social science subjects is preferred. Applicants with relevant professional backgrounds but different degrees will be considered.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum one year of professional experience required; 2-3 years desired.

Required skills and experience:
a) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
b) Excellent organizational skills.
c) Demonstrated experience communicating with diverse audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, community groups, and public and private sectors.
d) Ability to summarize key issues in accessible ways and variety of formats, and to learn new knowledge about a variety of local government issues.
e) Experience with various social media platforms.
f) Experience generating content for promotional documents.

Preferred skills and experience include:
a) Demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences on local government and university topics.
b) Demonstrated experience scheduling large groups, planning and running conference calls and webinars, tracking attendance and participation, etc.
c) Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
d) Familiarity with urban studies and local government issues.
e) Experience developing outreach plans which include direct outreach, social media, and earned media approaches.
f) Experience recruiting, building relationships with, and organizing people from non-profit organizations, businesses, and/or local governments.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $43,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Jay Ferm, jferm@cows.org

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best-qualified applicants. Thus your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Jay Ferm
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

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 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jul 15 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Aug 8 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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