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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: 263689-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications

Job Summary:

The Communications and Media Specialist is responsible for story writing and editing, media relations, content development, and relationship building. This position will work closely with faculty to learn about their work, disseminate research findings and position faculty expertise to journalists, news media, policymakers, partner organizations and other target audiences.

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Communications, the Communications and Media Specialist will support the school's communications priorities by:
- Developing stories and other original content that engages target audiences, especially news media, campus partners and others who can help amplify the expertise and experiences offered by our faculty.
- Identifying new communications outlets and methods for delivering key content and messaging and leveraging visibility opportunities.
- Working with faculty and key partners to write stories and content for Web and social media as well as managing media relations.

Responsibilities: Develops and drafts communication content and assists in the execution of the communications strategy in support of unit communication goals.
  • 5% Monitors reach and effectiveness of communication campaigns, projects, and initiatives
  • 10% Plans editorial content according to established goals and objects
  • 5% Communicates with stakeholders to verify requests and identify editorial resources
  • 55% Writes, edits, and publishes content for various communication projects and marketing platforms to align with strategic initiatives and established communication campaigns
  • 5% Provides project management and execution of communications programs, initiatives, and tactical plans
  • 20% Conducts research on current events in the news media and social media landscapers, identifies key targets and opportunities, develops relationships with internal and external stakeholders, developer pitches and original content.
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
Candidates with degrees in Journalism, English, Strategic Communications, Marketing or similar areas of study are especially encouraged to apply.


We welcome candidates with at least five years of professional experience in communications, journalism, strategic communications, media/news, or public relations.

Desired professional qualities/characteristics:
- Strong writing and news content production ability or experience. This includes interviewing, writing, and editing media-friendly and consumer-friendly stories about research, policy, or other complex topics.
- A willingness and ability to work with journalists and producers to connect them with expert sources and to pitch story ideas to fitting media outlets.
- Detail-oriented; possessing excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills; agility to work concurrently on multiple tasks, projects, and assignments, and to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of strategic communications and proficiency using Associated Press (AP) or Chicago Manual styles
- Experience planning and creating content for various formats and platforms
- A strong sense for finding and preparing stories. The ability to work within different styles to produce news, features, and other story formats, such as profiles and Q&As.
- Experience working with faculty, researchers, scientists, or other experts with demonstrated ability to translate complex material into clear and engaging content for lay audiences.
- Working knowledge of WordPress (or other web content management systems) and Meltwater (or other media monitoring platforms)
- Familiarity with crisis communications strategy and execution and media training principles.

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 $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting salary for this position is listed as $45,000 but may be negotiable based on experience and 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:

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 2,000+ students, and 100+ graduate students. See 

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See 

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter and resume that relates to this position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.


Nancy Andrews
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:

Communications Specialist(CM004)



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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