Field Experience Coordinator and Communications Specialist

University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

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Working Title

Field Experience Coordinator and Communications Specialist

Position Type


Appointment Percentage



School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education

Position Summary

The position reports to the Dean of the School of Education ( SOE ) and is responsible for leading, evaluating, supervising, and coordinating the placement and clinical experience process for students in education licensure programs throughout their K-12 field experiences, including student teaching. Serves as the liaison to internal and external constituents, including faculty, students, and school district personnel, to identify and maintain academic program-related partnerships. Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures to comply with accreditation and school district requirements, institutional policies, and academic program objectives. Additionally, this position serves as a communication specialist who creates and coordinates the communication output for the SOE . This work includes the development and management of the SOE magazine, website, social media, and other communication outlets.

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The School of Education focuses its programming on ensuring that all teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions consistent with exemplary professional practice. Through partnerships with regional school districts and outstanding veteran educators, the School of Education provides teacher candidates with high-quality experiences in schools as a means to advance the teaching profession. Finally, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are committed to inclusive excellence, and values diversity in both its faculty and student populations.

Required Qualifications

  1. The applicant will have an earned Master’s degree in teacher education or an education-related/comparable field.
  2. A strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  3. Experience working as a team member who enjoys collaborating and contributing to support team outcomes
  4. Excellent networking and communication skills
  5. Ability to develop key relationships with colleagues at local schools and other local area educational sites/organizations
  6. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  7. Ability to complete tasks and responsibilities based on timelines
  8. Experience with creating content for use in print, electronic, digital, web and social media platforms
  9. Experience developing newsletters, flyers, posters, press releases and feature stories
  10. Ability to create documents, spreadsheets, e-mails and presentations using Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience as a PK-12 teacher, educator, or school administrator, or an equivalent combination of educational experiences
  2. Experience with advising and guiding students in a college, university, or comparable higher education setting
  3. Experience working with design trends and best practices; public relations, communications and social media techniques and strategies

Physical Demands

Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time. Should be able to tolerate extensive screen time, or have strategies for doing so (with resources provided by the department, such as multiple monitors, standing desk, etc.).

Working conditions and environment

Some travel. Some evenings and possible weekends to meet the needs of the department.

Miscellaneous Information

Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • 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.

The 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.

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 is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of approximately 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 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.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. 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. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. 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 a 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.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative, we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at .

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction records.

Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:


These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement


Duties to Support Responsibility

  1. Manage social media (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.) presence for SOE
  2. Develop SOE magazine content and collaborate with University Communications on stories, layout, and finalizing publications
  3. Serve as the liaison to the University Communications for SOE constituents
  4. Manage and maintain the SOE website and pages associated with SOE -affiliated programs with support from University Communications
  5. Create various communications for the SOE that support school/community partnerships, students, faculty, and staff.

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Responsibility Statement

Field Experience and Management

Duties to Support Responsibility

  1. Lead the development and implementation of field experience and student teaching initiatives to fulfill approved programming
  2. Serve as the liaison to internal and external constituents, including faculty, students, and school district personnel, to identify and maintain academic program-related partnerships, including professional development schools ( PDS )
  3. Identify, propose, and implement new or revised policies and procedures to comply with accreditation and school district requirements, institutional policies, and academic program objectives
  4. Evaluate existing academic program strategies aligned with clinical experiences (re: supervision and partnership) and make recommendations to unit leadership for program enhancement
  5. Assist constituents with preparing and/or maintaining documentation, financial management, and/or reporting requirements related to contracts or agreements
  6. Provide advising about academic requirements specifically related to field experience and student teaching, and communicates directly with students about policies and expectations.
  7. Hiring of supervisors?

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Responsibility Statement

Supervisor Support (Pre-Student Teaching and Student Teaching)

Duties to Support Responsibility

  1. Serve on committees that align with responsibilities
  2. Attend state and national meetings that align with responsibilities
  3. Other duties related to clinical experiences and communications as assigned by the SOE Dean

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Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

Posting Date


Close Date

Continuous Recruitment


Continuous Recruitment First Review Date


Position Contact Name

Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Dean, School of Education

Position Contact Email
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * 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 application process.
  2. * 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 hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  3. * 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)

  4. * 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.
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * 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)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * 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)
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * 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)
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • 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
    • LinkedIn
    • Indeed
    • Department of Workforce Development (WISC)
    • Other

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