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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 229082-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Graphic Design

Position Summary:

The Natural Resources Institute works at the crossroads of communities, natural resources and agriculture, helping individuals and communities make informed decisions that support the states rich land, water and mineral resources. The institute provides educational program and development assistance to faculty, agencies and other partners throughout Wisconsin, the region and beyond.

This academic staff position will assist the Marketing & Communications Unit in the institute by:
1. Designing a variety of educational and promotional publications such as booklets, newsletters, brochures, signs, posters and displays
2. Designing logos and other visual identity elements in support of branding initiatives
3. Designing and creating web images such as banners and navigation elements (basic coding knowledge and familiarity with content management systems a plus, especially WordPress)
4. Translating evaluation and research data into meaningful infographics
5. Collaborating with unit coordinator, editorial/design staff and project partners

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:

Required: Bachelors degree (fine arts or similar with emphasis in graphic design or web design)
Preferred: Candidates with education or experience in natural resources, agriculture or other natural science fields may be given preference if their portfolios are of similar quality to other candidates submissions.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Minimum of three years of experience in print design/production and web design
2. Thorough knowledge of Mac-based desktop publishing and design software including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (Adobe XD a plus for web design)
3. Demonstrated experience designing and producing professional, contemporay, full-color InDesign publications ready for commercial printing (includes designing long-form documents). Design/layout expectations include working with text, manipulating photos and image graphics and using all available tools such as style sheets, master page features and table features.
4. Demonstrated experience designing visually appealing, user-friendly web interfaces
5. Experience creating custom graphics and charts and communicating data visually
6. Desire and ability to work with a variety of clients or partners to plan, coordinate and deliver print publications, web sites and promotional collateral
7. Ability to work in a team setting and share project work

1. Seven years of experience in print design/production and web design.
2. Familiarity with Section 508 compliance and accessibility best practices
3. Personal or professional interest in natural resources, agriculture, conservation, food systems or other related topics
4. Working knowledge of WordPress

Additional Information:

For questions regarding this position, please contact John Kriva,; 608-262-3686 . For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact

Organizational Competencies:
Individuals who demonstrate increasing capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Extension positions:

Inspires respect and trust; works to clarify expectations and accepts feedback; shows personal responsibility for finding solutions; follows through on commitments; adapts to change or unexpected events in the work environment; manages competing demands for time while maintaining life-work balance; practices strategic, shared and ethical decision-making; understands how funding decisions are made; works to align ones work with Extensions mission, vision and values; coaches others; is willing and motivated to learn

Gives appropriate recognition to others; approaches others in a tactful and diplomatic manner; works to understand group and team dynamics; uses awareness of ones emotions and those of others to adapt behavior and to manage interactions successfully; reacts well under pressure; analyzes conflict situations and chooses appropriate Extension roles; works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships; maintains confidentiality; is responsive

Demonstrates an active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity in people, curriculums, and communities; recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; works to create work environments that are experienced as safe by all; is curious about and open to others? ideas

Listens and seeks clarification; speaks clearly; uses public relations and interpersonal skills to strengthen others understanding of Extensions value; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing and speaking style to fit the purpose of the communication; adapts communications to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; demonstrates effective communication technology skills; demonstrates effective presentation skills

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.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by the closing date and include all of the following:
1. Cover letter (up to two pages) that summarizes how you meet the minimum qualifications of this position. Please note that your response will be evaluated for content and written communication skills.
2. Portfolio including a variety of print and web design samples (should demonstrate breadth of experience and a grasp of contemporary graphic design style and standards)
3. Professional resume including related education, professional work history and any volunteer experience.
4. Contact information for three (3) professional work references including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor. For each reference, please indicate the nature of your professional relationship and include the persons title, email address and telephone number.
5. Final college transcripts for each of your degrees. Unofficial copies are acceptable at this point in the process. Official transcripts are required upon hire.

Application materials that do not comply with these instructions are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications will continue to be accepted until the screening process is complete.


John Kriva
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


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.

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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).

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