Job announcement: Sustainability communications and engagement manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Salary: Minimum $65,000 annual (12 months)
Applications due: January 3, 2023 and must be submitted online.
This position is partial remote.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability seeks a Sustainability Communications and Engagement Manager to play a central role in designing and implementing strategic communications efforts, as well as maintaining the institution’s sustainability designations, providing support for Office of Sustainability project managers, working closely with students, and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.

The Office of Sustainability is the hub for sustainability news, events, and engagement opportunities at the University of Wisconsin Madison. It is part of the the Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M), a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of the UW-Madison campus in support of the university’s education, research, and outreach activities. FP&M works behind the scenes to coordinate campus planning, manage design and construction, maintain and operate buildings and grounds, supply utility services, ensure health and safety, and provide parking and transportation services.

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.

  • 15% Manages the day-to-day operational unit plans to align with strategic initiatives and to meet established objectives
  • 30% 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
  • 5% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
  • 30% Develops, implements, and delivers communication materials through various mediums to designated audiences
  • 5% Assists with supervising of student interns on the communications and podcast teams, in collaboration with the Student Intern Program Manager
  • 5% Develops the institution’s sustainability brand by identifying, pursuing, and maintaining
    certifications, designations, and other accolades that recognize the breadth of the university’s
    sustainability efforts.
  • 5% Supports subject matter experts and others at the Office of Sustainability in project and program
    management.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, sustainability, environmental studies, psychology, sociology, or similar field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in communications, marketing, editing, or similar field.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and publishing for a variety of media channels and platforms, such as web, e-news, social media, video scriptwriting, and/or print publications.
  • Excellent editorial skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and curating visual content, such as graphics and branding collateral, for print, digital, web, and/or social media.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, including ability to be self-motivated and to work collaboratively under tight deadlines.
  • Facility with social media and other information technology tools, such as e-marketing tools, web editing (WordPress), and/or CRM.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a complex, fast-paced setting.

Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree in communications, marketing, sustainability, environmental studies, or similar field.
  • Professional experience working in a sustainability-related field.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Experience in event planning and execution.
  • Experience dealing with challenges through influence rather than authority.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, content strategy, user interface/user experience best practices and methods, and web accessibility best practices.
  • Experience in photography and videography, including production and editing.
  • Experience with audio editing and production, preferably in a podcast context.

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

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