Associate University Relations Specialist

Superior, Wi
Dec 21, 2017
Jan 20, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time

UW-Superior is committed to making excellence inclusive in every aspect of the institution.  Diversity, inclusion and equity are prioritized learning resources for all community members.  We strive to offer quality programs in an environment of trust and cooperation that centers on the worth of all individuals.  The University is seeking candidates who will contribute to the achievement of this goal.

POSITION:                   Associate University Relations Specialist

DUTIES:                       This position, will seek, develop and curate stories about the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UW-Superior) aimed primarily at the community and media. This position will develop, write and edit materials to support the promotion and public relations efforts of the university. This position will research and implement inbound marketing techniques and create engaging content to increase visits to, including updating existing webpages using web writing techniques. This position is responsible for generating positive press coverage by developing relationships with journalists and creating relevant story pitches. This position will ensure that the support of institutional goals in the areas of student recruitment, institutional fundraising, alumni relations and community relations along with the mission of the campus are well represented in all media formats. This position will work within a limited supervision environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in journalism, communications, public relations, English or related field.
  • Five years of professional work experience in media relations, writing and content management/development tor related field.


  • Experience working in higher education
  • Knowledge of local and regional (MN and WI) media markets
  • Experience in web content management

The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging.  The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the public liberal arts mission and to quality teaching and learning methods.  Willingness and interest in utilizing technology in the classroom strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills.  Candidates that incorporate issues of inclusive excellence and diversity within their curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.

SALARY:                      UW-S offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance coverage for domestic partners and their eligible dependents.                      

STARTING DATE:        As soon as possible


INFORMATION:            For additional information visit or contact (715) 394-8213

APPLICATION PROCESS:        Review of applications will commence January 22nd, 2018 at 8:00 AM and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at UW-CareersThis link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab. ( and submit your application packet that is:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Contact information for three (3) Professional References
  4. Unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts
  5. Writing samples (2-3) of a story, web content or other pieces

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the click here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the #18-44 Associate University Relations Specialist (Marketing and Communications) position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
    • At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  3. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  4. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  5. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  6. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  7. Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.

At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

If you have questions in regards to the hiring process, please contact Heidi Willeck at (715) 394-8012 or by email at

UW-Superior: A Special Place:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is Wisconsin’s public liberal arts college. Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, it later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The University serves 2,600 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population.

UW-Superior maintains its foundational teacher education college values through its emphasis on excellence in teaching, as well as service to the community and region. Its core mission is student-centered.  The institution fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engages the community and region. The richness of its programs creates a personalized educational environment that integrates theory and practice, liberal and professional education, teaching, scholarship, and creativity. The University has a significant investment in and commitment to campus-wide Liberal Arts High Impact Practices (HIPs) that includes a First Year Experience, Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Writing Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activity, and a Senior Year Experience. 

At UW-Superior, we promote the values of academic excellence, integrity, and community within a collegial environment. At the core of our values is the appreciation for, and examination of, diversity, inclusivity, and equity.  UW-Superior offers day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of “final candidates” must be revealed upon request. According to the Attorney General, “final candidates” under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7)(a).

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notice given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

For UW-Superior campus safety information and crime statistics/Annual Security Report, see or contact the Office of Campus Safety at (715) 394-8114 for a printed copy.

UW-Superior is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.