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Content Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Working Title: Content Specialist  
Official Title: Associate University Relations Specialist  
Employment Class: Non-instructional academic staff  
FTE: 1.0  
Compensation: $36,790-$57,414  
Terms of Employment: Annual, Fixed-term Renewable  
Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, the Content Specialist will write, edit and proofread articles used in University publications (UW Oshkosh Today, magazines, major publications), media/news releases, social media initiatives and for marketing communications materials. 
As a member of the UMC communications team, the Content Specialist will also serve as a media relations liaison and project manager supporting colleges and departments throughout the University as needed. 
Such tasks will be performed in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Typical office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional evening/weekend work required.

Preparation of content for University publications (UW Oshkosh Today, Titan, college level magazines), news/media relations efforts and marketing collateral (annual report, programs, event promotions, etc.) (65%)

  1. Contributes to the editorial content for UW Oshkosh Today and other public-facing storytelling platforms.
  2. Proposes and executes editorial content, working closely with other writers, photographers/videographers and social media team members.
  3. Cultivates authors and sources, commissioning stories and editing articles
  4. (copyediting and substantive editing).
  5. Plans, writes and edits articles, short-format pieces and related web content for colleges and departments.
  6. Researches, conducts interviews, and writes and edits news stories/releases featuring individuals, campus events and research initiatives.
  7. Assists editorial team with story generation, writing, editing and production for institutional and college level magazines, including writing stories, captions, headlines, subheads, and pull quotes; helping other writers/editors vet the content; copyediting and proofreading at various stages of magazine production; and contributing ideas to art direction and concepts.


Assist with media relations activities (10%)

  1. Assist in coordinating media requests in a timely manner
    1. Serve as back-up media relations/crisis communications contact as needed.
    2. Serve as marketing/media relations contact at University/College events.
  2. Assist in distribution of media communications.


Project management and production (20%)

  1. Serves as manager and writer/editor of projects assigned. Conducts interviews and research as needed.
  2. Organizes team meetings and client presentations.
  3. Works with designers, photographers, production manager and copy editor to manage and complete projects on time and at a high level.


Other duties as assigned (5%)

Required: 1. A bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or closely-related field.
2. Skilled proficiency to interview, research, develop and write original stories /articles, news releases, magazine features and social network content.
3. Strong written and oral communication skills.
4. Experience with online publications and tools.
5. Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) writing style.
6. Skilled proficiency to edit/proofread own work and work of department employees.
7. Knowledge of MS Office software applications (i.e. Word, Excel).

1. Experience in magazine, web management, social media, newspaper or online publishing.
2. Knowledge of electronic composition and print production.
3. Experience working in higher education.
4. Experience in publications, particularly in dealing with the operational issues of college or university publishing.
5. Experience with media or public relations.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Cover letter, resume, 5 writing samples, and contact information for 3 references 

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by Nov. 27, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO’s Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.



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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or