University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI


LocationMadison, Wisconsin, 53715
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-06-13
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-02-04

Job Description:


Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR), led by Dr. Amy Kind, has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. To this end, we seek a Communications Specialist to join our dynamic, growing, and multidisciplinary team. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented; possess excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills; and have the agility to work concurrently on multiple tasks, projects, and assignments.

Impeccable language skills (writing, reading, listening, and speaking) are essential - but more than that, we seek a person who has the creativity, savvy, and analytical fitness to develop, adapt, or synthesize complex information for a variety of audiences, purposes, and modes of delivery. This work requires a great deal of empathy, attentiveness, science literacy, and technical skill; proficiency with - or motivation to learn - a spectrum of content creation, management, and delivery techniques and tools; and a willingness to embrace a culture of collaboration and feedback.

The CHDR Communications Specialist will work closely with the Outreach Program Manager and members of the CHDR leadership team to ensure that every member of the Center's community has a voice and that their voices inform and are represented in the content we create and share. We appreciate diversity and respect the many differences and similarities in the workplace, including the varied perspectives, approaches, and competencies of coworkers and populations that we serve.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.


Develops and drafts communication content and assists in the execution of the communications strategy in support of unit communication goals.
  • 40% Monitors reach and effectiveness of communication campaigns, projects, and initiatives
  • 5% Plans editorial content according to established goals and objects
  • 5% Communicates with stakeholders to verify requests and identify editorial resources
  • 40% Writes, edits, and publishes content for various communication projects and marketing platforms to align with strategic initiatives and established communication campaigns
  • 10% 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


- Professional training and experience in multimodal communication, graphic or digital design, writing, editing, web development, and/or digital media highly desirable.
- Experience working in a clinical, health, or social science research environment is likewise desirable.
- Minimum of one year professional communications experience required.

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: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086 . Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu 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:


Additional Information:

- Familiarity with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), Kaltura MediaSpace, and Camtasia advantageous highly desirable.
- Must be able to work well on cross-functional teams and maintain professional interactions with internal and external research and operations staff, campus partners and stakeholders, and members of the broader community.
- Knowledge of clinical, health, or human subjects research principles and regulations desired, but not required.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


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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: 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 .

Applications Open: Jun 13 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 27 2022 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

Job ID: 1214016977032269233

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