The University of La Crosse invites applications for a Writer & Editor. Reporting to the leadership of University Communications, this position, with limited supervision, serves as a writer and editor who can capture the spirit of our vibrant campus and share that story through writing for print, Web, social media, video, broadcast and other forms of media. This person will translate vibrant campus stories in their own way for university use, along with encouraging other media to share the story as well. The position will ensure that the support of institutional goals in student recruitment, fundraising, alumni relations and community relations, along with the mission of the campus, are well represented in all media formats. The position demands strong content creation, as well as an ability to strategize and work with a variety of media outlets to share the UW-La Crosse story locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally.
A Bachelor’s degree in a related field (English, marketing, communications, etc.).
At least two years’ experience in a communications or related position.
Strong writing, proofreading and editing experience mandatory with solid verbal/presentation skills.
5+ years of experience or related graduate-level coursework.
Excellent interpersonal skills – proven track record of collaboration and relationship-building.
Demonstrated passion for higher education and public service.
Experience working with highly technical information and distilling it for appropriate audiences.
Creative and entrepreneurial skills to brainstorm and develop university content from the ground up.
Thorough knowledge of editorial and journalistic practices and respect for deadlines.
Thorough knowledge of media planning and public relations, with proven implementation results, along with project management.
Ability to exercise independent judgment under deadline pressure.
Strong project management, organizational skills and detail-orientation – ability to prioritize and operationalize projects.
Proven ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks.
Proven ability to exercise good judgment and self-motivation.
Proven ability to work productively in a team-oriented environment.
Proven experience in higher education or complex, multi-faceted organizations.
Passion for higher education.
The review of applications begins Jan. 6, 2020. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Arts. Social Sciences, and Humanities, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.