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WIDA COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 273729-AS
Work type: Remote, Staff-Full Time
Department:EDUC/WCER
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications

Job Summary:

The WIDA Communications Specialist position is located within the Communications and Market Expansion department and will report to the Assistant Director of Marketing. This is a new position that requires creativity, collaboration, and strong writing skills. This position will help share the stories of WIDA Standards, Assessments, Professional Learning, and Research by creating communication plans, finding story ideas, and writing stories. The WIDA Communications Specialist will also be responsible for the management of WIDA's editorial calendar, planning and executing public relations strategy, and creating content for social media.

Working fully remote is an option for this position within the US (working remotely internationally is not an option). Requests to work remotely would need to be reviewed based on the UW and School of Education (SoE) remote work policies and go through the SoE implementation process. To learn more about these policies, visit https://businessoffice.education.wisc.edu/human-resources/remote-work/.

WIDA is committed to challenging linguistic discrimination, cultural biases, and racism in education. WIDA values linguistic and cultural diversity both as an end and a means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates who champion social justice as a core value.

Responsibilities: Develops and drafts communication content and assists in the execution of the communications strategy in support of unit communication goals.
  • 15% Monitors reach and effectiveness of communication campaigns, projects, and initiatives
  • 10% Plans editorial content according to established goals and objects
  • 10% Communicates with stakeholders to verify requests and identify editorial resources
  • 45% Writes, edits, and publishes content for various communication projects and marketing platforms to align with strategic initiatives and established communication campaigns
  • 20% Provides project management and execution of communications programs, initiatives, and tactical plans
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

Education:

Required
Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications:

- Minimum of 2 years of experience creating, maintaining, and executing stellar professional communication initiatives and plans.
- Excellent verbal, written and digital communication skills; proven ability to communicate in a timely, effective manner with external and internal stakeholders.
- Ability to translate complex concepts into succinct and compelling communications.
- Experience and knowledge in copywriting, proofreading and editing.
- Experience writing for a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Examples of writing work include things like e-newsletter messages, web articles, feature stories and news releases.
- Experience managing or supporting an organization's public relations strategy: Pitching and placing stories and developing and maintaining a public relations plan.
- Ability to use data-driven insights to make communication strategy recommendations/decisions.
- Knowledge of current best practices, issues and trends in content strategy, along with a desire to stay current in emerging trends and approaches.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Ability to work individually and in a collaborative team environment, managing multiple projects with attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
- The value of promoting and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.
- A willingness to engage in and deepen knowledge of WIDA's Social Justice value.
- Multilingual or bilingual/biliterate in Spanish preferred.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Salary:

Minimum $42,600 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

Additional Information:

What is WIDA? For nearly 20 years, WIDA has provided a trusted, comprehensive approach to supporting, teaching, and assessing multilingual learners. We are an educational services organization that advances language development and academic achievement for multilingual children in early childhood and grades K-12. In short, we provide educators around the world with high-quality language standards, assessments, professional learning, and research. We are proud to be a part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW-Madison's nationally ranked School of Education. Visit https://wida.wisc.edu/about/careers and watch our Introduction to WIDA video to see why WIDA is an incredible place to work!

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people.

WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research.

WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

For more information and news about our center, please go to https://wcer.wisc.edu/.

How to Apply:

Our center is conscious of inequities in the field of education and how these disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society- including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) individuals, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people. We firmly believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized groups.

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit:
- A cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position.
- A current resume or CV.
- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

Contact:

Kelly Krahenbuhl
humanresources@wida.us
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.



Official Title:

Communications Specialist(CM004)

Department(s):

A177500-SCHOOL OF EDUCATION/WCER

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:

273729-AS

  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: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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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