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University Centers Communications Specialist
Proposed Salary to be Offered
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The Communication Specialist
is a full-time professional
staff position which is part of the Office of University Centers
within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse ( UWL ). In conjunction with the Associate
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Communication
Specialist is responsible for the development of content for
University Centers communication outlets. This position will serve
as an integral part of a collaborative team of programming and
operations staff. This position will be responsible for developing
social media, paper, email, and other creative content which
promotes University Centers programs and services and enhances the
This individual will also assume primary advisory responsibility
for COVE Graphics Garage, a design and printing service offered
within the Center for Organizations, Vision, and Engagement ( COVE
). This position serves as a liaison between the University
Centers, the UWL community, and the greater La Crosse community.
This position will also participate in short and long-term branding
projects as deemed necessary.
50% Responsible for the outreach and communication of University
Centers and its entities via publicity, social media networks,
newsletters and webpages
25% Responsible for the oversight of COVE Graphics
- Create and distribute the Stryker Eagle newsletter in
collaboration with University Centers staff and other UWL and
Student Affairs partners.
- In collaboration with COVE Graphics student staff, oversee
social media content for all accounts within University Centers
- Develop and maintain a social media content calendar.
- Assist in continued growth of student affinity towards UWL,
“Stryker” mascot, and University Centers units.
- Serve as a liaison between University Centers, Student
Organizations and the faculty and staff at UWL as well as greater
La Crosse community.
- Assist in the review and development of policy surrounding
Student Organizations, Advisors and publicity on behalf of
University Centers in collaboration with University
- Ensure that all University Centers websites are maintained with
accurate and up to date information.
- Provide oversight on digital signage for University Centers and
- Oversee student organization branding policies and procedures,
including but not limited to, chalking, window painting, and
bulletin board usage.
- Lead marketing and communication efforts for signature
University Centers events, including but not limited to, Eagle
15% Participate in University Centers and University-wide short
and long-term branding projects.
- Oversee the hiring, training, and operations of student staff
within COVE Graphics.
- Facilitate the budget, deposits, and pricing services offered n
- Conduct regular 1-on-1 and team meetings with student staff
within COVE Graphics.
- Initiate and assign creative branding projects to COVE Graphics
- Conduct regular evaluations with COVE Graphics student
10% Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of
Student Engagement and Leadership.
- Serve as primary liaison between University Centers and the
office of University Marketing and Communications.
- Serve as a member of relevant marketing and communication
advisory groups as deemed necessary.
- In conjunction with Director of University Centers, assist with
Student Union marketing and branding projects.
- Conduct research on higher education marketing “best practices”
and report to University Centers team as needed.
- Attend University functions of general importance to the
student body or the University.
- Serve on Student Affairs and University committees as
- Assist with coordination of large-scale campus programming
including, but not limited to, Eagle Fest, Involvement Fest, and
Sample the City & Volunteer Fair.
- Other duties as assigned
Contingent Upon Funding
Is this position eligible for employment sponsorship, (H1B or
- Bachelor’s Degree from accredited institution in
communications, marketing, graphic design, or related field Or 5-7
years of related and relevant work experience
- Demonstrate experience working with student programming,
graphic design and marketing services
- Possess a mindfulness of social justice, equity and
- Ability to develop good rapport with students and
- Demonstrate a theoretical foundation in the principles and
practices of self-authorship
- Have the ability to sustain communication with diverse groups,
anticipate problems, reconcile conflicts and maintain a strong
philosophical base for student activities
- Experience with Adobe suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
and/or other design software platforms
- Knowledge of student development and experience working with
and advising college students
- Experience supervising graduate assistants, and/or student
- An understanding of the importance of collaboration within the
unit and the university.
- Ability to problem solve and readily adapt to change
- An understanding of university processes and business
- Ability to use and adapt to current technology and new
technology and software
- Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, student,
and external groups
UWL provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals
with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.
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Information about your benefits
- On occasion, this person must be able to work extended
- Some night and weekend hours are required.
- Travel for professional development is possible.
Your benefits add an
additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the
- excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good
- paid holidays and sick days.
- sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health
insurance post-work at UWL .
- after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our
retirement system which ensures income post-career.
- benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and
some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at:
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This
information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits
are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.
Information about UWL and the Surrounding Region
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a
challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the
entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student
success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters
curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation,
and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging
and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional
academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their
place in a constantly changing world community.
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of
Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared
prominently on theU.S. News & World Report
“America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4
on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers
91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral
programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts,
Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business
Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as
the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and
instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal
degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning
as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six
years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited
nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities for its success in linking campus culture and
university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to
move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing
community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and
diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational
education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining
Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan
.The UW-La Crosse campus is in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a
residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of
a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area,
known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural
beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic
bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested
valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain
provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only
a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the
affordability and charm of small town living with larger city
benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the
La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century
downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art
centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture,
entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. More
information about the La Crosse metro area can be found here:
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Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse,
broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women,
minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWL, in
compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its
commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our
adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence
as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge
differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The
goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of
diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus
climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives
to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic
diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse
ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for
2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org ( ACO ).
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For the UWL Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery
Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and
information about campus security policies, see
contact the University Police Department at 608.785.9000.
Student Affairs Division
Description of College / Department / Program / Division /
The Division of Student Affairs’ role is to enhance and support
students learning experience here at UWL . We work closely with
faculty, staff, community members, alumni and most importantly,
students to provide quality programs and services which promote
learning, leadership, involvement, service and the celebration of
diversity. The Division includes a number of departments: Campus
Child Center, Counseling and Testing, Student Health Center,
Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life,
Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor &
Dean of Students office. The staff of the Division is truly
student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of
University Centers serves the community by providing a welcoming
environment that facilitates learning opportunities, embraces
diversity, and enriches the campus experience. University Centers
provides operational oversight to the Student Union, the Whitney
Dining Center, the Center for Organizations, Vision, and Engagement
(the COVE ) and the Leadership and Involvement Center ( LIC ).
University Centers also provides a wide variety of services,
spaces, and amenities including the Information Center, Eagle ID
Program, Dining Plans, Campus Food Pantry, and more.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Detail Information
Continuous Recruitment First Review Date
This is a continuous
recruitment. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received and
continue until the position is filled.
Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWL is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.
UWL will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who
request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by
Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the
identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the
appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.
CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment
screening which includes a criminal background check, work
authorization, and verification of education. It will also require
you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual
violence and sexual harassment.
Position Contact Name
Jacob Hart, Associate Director of Student Engagement &
Position Contact Email
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the
identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,
except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon
request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
- I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university
is no longer able to do so.
- I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the
- * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a
UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the
last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the
institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact
information, including phone number and email address.
- * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired
annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no
restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold.
Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a
rehired annuitant. (Learn more:
Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin
Retirement System, (WRS)?
- * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
- * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
- * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for
employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW
System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs.
Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment
sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if
you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with
your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
- Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
- Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if
- No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the
- * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or
sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW
System Administrative Policy 1275)
- * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left
employment during an active investigation in which you were accused
of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System
Administrative Policy 1275)
- * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and
contact information, including phone number and email address.
(Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System
requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual
violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most
recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and
State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L
will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).
(Open Ended Question)
- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
- Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
- HERC Web Site
- HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
- Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
- Minority Publication/Web Site
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
- La Crosse Tribune
- Personal Referral
- WinonaDailyNews.com, LaCrosseTribune.com, ChippewaHerald.com,
Journaltimes.com, Kenoshanews.com, Madison.com
- Department of Workforce Development (WISC)
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Reference Contact Information