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Minimum $58,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The School is seeking a self-motivated, engaged and enthusiastic colleague who will bring both creative vision and effective execution to this position. The Communications Manager will be responsible for leading development and implementation of a vision and strategy for communicating with the School's primary audiences -- undergraduate students; graduate students; alumni and donors; and related audiences, such as parents, scholars in other programs and media practitioners. Delivering cost-effective communications, outreach and event support designed to support the School's strategic priorities, programs, services, and mission. We are an active and energetic department that values people who work well in teams and take advantage of ideas and feedback while demonstrating their own expertise. 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 candidate will value effective relationships and be independent, open-minded, organized, and comfortable with deadlines and varied projects. 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 appointment.

In order to fulfill their responsibilities, the successful candidate will:

- Coordinate the development, production, and distribution of effective communication vehicles across multiple media platforms, including website, social media, newsletters, print and digital advertising, posters, and presentations.

- Coordinate production of all promotional materials. Including outsourcing of graphics and artwork and networking with university communications staff and freelance vendors, when applicable.

- Work effectively with related staff and student hourly interns in producing and distributing communications.

- Assess needs of internal and external stakeholders and propose an overarching approach and detailed communication plan.

- Engage with university communicators and external stakeholders to identify model plans and understand brand guidelines.

- Assess the effectiveness of communications, including cost.

- Actively contribute to School committees and efforts with communication components.

- Interact routinely with faculty and staff to understand current activities, creates written or visual content for those activities, and seeks opportunities to promote them.

- Provide regular updates to the School's leadership, committees and department meetings.

- Ensure alignment with university branding and participates actively in communication efforts across campus.


Develops and supervises the execution of communication programs and may supervise personnel and/or other resources in support of institutional or unit communication goals.
  • 10% Manages the day-to-day operational unit plans to align with strategic initiatives and to meet established objectives
  • 30% 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
  • 5% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
  • 30% Develops, implements, and delivers communication materials through various mediums to designated audiences
  • 15% In collaboration with leadership, faculty and staff, leads development of vision and strategy for the School's communications and marketing.
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


Bachelor's Degree
Specialization in marketing, public relations, communications or journalism preferred.


A minimum of 1 year of experience (three years strongly preferred) in strategic communication (marketing, advertising, public relations, etc.), journalism or closely related professional communication role with leadership responsibilities. Exceptional oral and written communications skills and affinity for collaborative work on projects and active engagement with people, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other communicators. A portfolio of work that demonstrates ability to translate strategic vision, branding and organizational priorities into effective content. Ability to work effectively with others while managing competing demands and interests. Knowledge of all aspects of marketing and communications, particularly strategy development, tactical execution across the full spectrum of media vehicles and assessment of the effectiveness of communications. Demonstrated graphic design and production skills with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress. Demonstrated abilities in identifying and effectively engaging with stakeholders. Top candidates will be able to show success in organization, project management, focus, relating to others, flexibility, adaptability and passion for the School's work in research, teaching and service.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

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

For questions on the position, contact: Hernando Rojas, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Email:

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, one work sample (writing sample, web design, or other product demonstrating effective communication skills), and contact information for at least 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.

A criminal background check will be conducted.


Hernando Rojas
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Communications Manager(CM003)



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.

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:

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: Oct 12 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Nov 18 2022 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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