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Communications Manager


Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Qualified applicants should expect a range of pay between $70,000 - $80,000 but the offered pay will be dependent on qualifications and experience of the chosen applicant.

Job Summary:

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA), the central convener and leader for campus-wide diversity and inclusion outcomes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is seeking a Communications Manager. The Communications Manager will develop and oversee the execution of communication efforts that raise the profile of DDEEA and campus equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) efforts and outcomes for internal and external audiences.

The Communications Manager, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Communications, researches, produces, and publishes content that includes but is not limited to: news articles; messages for DDEEA, campus and alumni/donor audiences; news releases; speeches for the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (DVCDI/VPCDO); and other content to meet the strategic communications goals of DDEEA and the university. The Communications Manager also implements and delivers communication materials in collaboration with key partners in Strategic Communication, University Relations, Student Affairs and partners in schools, colleges, divisions and centers across campus.

The Communications Manager supports the development and maintenance of a cohesive brand identity for all divisional communications and events and supports the DDEEA leadership and Strategic Communication in attaining key EDIB communication goals.

About the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA):

Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (DVCDI/VPCDO), the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA/Division) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners at the university. The DDEEA's priorities are to increase access for underrepresented minorities in STEM; eliminate the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; recruit and retain more diverse students, faculty and staff; prepare all of our students to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global, and interconnected; and enhance the campus climate to ensure every member of the UW community knows they belong. The DDEEA is comprised of administrative, education, scholarship, and service programs whose work overlaps with the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability, and social justice. The DDEEA collaborates, leads, and consults in efforts to seed new initiatives and coordinate numerous institutional efforts to support, guide, and promote these priorities.

Responsibilities: Develops and supervises the execution of communication programs and may supervise personnel and/or other resources in support of institutional or unit communication goals.
  • 20% 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
  • 15% 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
  • 20% Develops, implements, and delivers communication materials through various mediums to designated audiences
  • 5% Supervise student intern(s) on various communications projects
  • 5% Collaborate with and advise campus stakeholders on strategic EDIB communications
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
Degree in journalism, public relations, communications, or another relevant field.


- A minimum of 2-3 years' experience in a communications/marketing role
- Demonstrated experience as a writer, reporter and/or editor in producing content for print and/or electronic communications
- Possess excellent writing, editing and organizational skills
- Experience with and knowledge of diversity and multicultural issues and programming in a university and/or community setting
- Knowledge and understanding of efficient communications practices, tools, and techniques
- Ability to perform well under deadline pressure
- Ability to interpret data and research to translate into plain language narrative writing
- Ability to craft compelling narratives that humanizes initiatives, making them relatable and engaging
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Attention to accuracy
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team

- Knowledge of PR channels such as newspapers, magazines, higher education publications, and TV networks
- Knowledge of the UW-Madison campus

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:


Additional Information:

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.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience, a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please also include 2-3 writing samples that illustrate your qualifications for this position and demonstrate that you have the skills to fulfil the requirements of this position; may include but not limited to press releases, blog posts, online content, social media content, news articles.


Kayla Eckerty
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-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. 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 .

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