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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 261599-AS
Work type: Onsite, Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications

Job Summary:

The student experience extends beyond the classroom, and that's where Student Affairs shines. Our teams are organized by four theme areas: health and well-being, identity and inclusion, student leadership and community engagement, and student advocacy. We were brought together and built as Student Affairs just within the past five years to collectively support the whole student. We believe a student's success is as much about their well-being, community, and involvement at UW-Madison as it is their academic record.

We are seeking a communications manager -a new position- to join our central office team and help lead efforts to clarify, amplify, and engage students in these focus areas. Your role will be to identify where there are gaps or opportunities in communication and to build bridges through planning, process improvement, and creative endeavors.

You will be the planner and the doer, but you won't be doing this work alone. We have teams of people programming, promoting, and paving the way for students to thrive. There are marketers and communicators at various levels in Student Affairs. We are seeking a candidate who can help connect this work; an excellent facilitator who can align people around shared goals; a strong collaborator and influencer to collectively move initiatives forward. Bonus: you will be hiring a student multimedia intern to support this work.

Your canvas will primarily include the Student Affairs website, social media accounts, and a monthly staff newsletter. We also work closely with our campus partners, including University Communications; the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement; Division for Teaching and Learning; and University Housing, to further reach students.

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.
  • 10% Manages the day-to-day operational unit plans to align with strategic initiatives and to meet established objectives
  • 25% Plans, writes, and edits content for various internal and external stakeholders
  • 5% Plans and directs unit programs and/or projects to ensure adherence to deadlines and budgets
  • 10% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
  • 40% Develops, implements, and delivers communication materials through various mediums to designated audiences
  • 10% Facilitates communication planning among Student Affairs colleagues in support of shared strategic goals
  • Communication Planning -- Work proactively with Student Affairs communicators and other colleagues to identify opportunities for collaboration, coordinate workflow, and establish thoughtful and efficient processes in support of organizational goals.
  • Social Media - Oversee the creative development and direction of Student Affairs social media accounts in alignment with our brand voice. Create and post engaging, informative, and fun content for students. Develop and lead campaigns as needed.
  • Website -- Manage the Student Affairs website on WordPress and support the development of subsidiary websites as needed. Define content requirements, gather content from internal and external partners, and perform updates.
  • Internal Communications -- Maintain editorial calendar, create and deliver content for monthly staff e-newsletter.
  • Photography/Video -- Manage internal requests for photography and video and outsourcing as needed.
  • Special Projects -- Assist with development and facilitation of operational plans in support of special projects or campaigns. Support other departments as needed.
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


Required Qualifications:
*Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience, including use of web content management systems, social media platforms and management tools, and graphic design principles and software
*Excellent writing and editing skills

Preferred Qualifications:
*Experience managing multiple projects and channels in a deadline-driven environment
*Seeks diverse perspectives and welcomes constructive feedback
*Ability to assess and address diverse stakeholder and audience needs in alignment with organizational goals
*Experience leading student-facing communication in a higher education setting
*Experience with photography and video
*Excellent facilitation skills
*Supervisory experience

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

Additional Information:

Student Affairs [link:] at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is led by the vice chancellor for student affairs. Our staff is dedicated to serving students and to helping them succeed in and out of the classroom in areas including health and well-being, identity and inclusion, leadership and engagement, and student advocacy. Student Affairs includes departments led by the dean of students; departments that provide identity-based spaces and leadership resources; the Wisconsin Union; University Health Services; and University Recreation and Wellbeing.

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a current resume, a cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references.


Angel Cartagena
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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.

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