We’re Hiring a Communications Specialist/Social Justice Educator!

We’re hiring a Full-time Communications Specialist/Social Justice Educator (Deadline: May 17):  The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is seeking a communications specialist & social justice educator to manage a sophisticated education-based communications strategy that embodies the Spirit of our mission, vision and values. This position requires a holistic approach to media-based Social Justice Education. This position reports to the Director of the MSC and serves-as the Editor-in Chief of (a) Tapestry, the official Newsletter of the MSC; and (b) Threads, the MSC blogsite. Additionally, this position serves as an affiliate facilitator/trainer of the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). Click here for the full job description. 

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus 2 years applicable professional experience OR a Masters degree from an accredited college or university plus up to 1 year applicable professional experience.

Master’s degree preferred. Acceptable academic disciplines include: Marketing, Communications, Rhetoric, Journalism, Media Studies, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Social Justice Education or a related academic field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: A minimum of 2 years experience working effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of ethnicities, identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies as well as personal and social orientations in a compassionate, culturally competent manner. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Ability to manage concurrent projects
  • Extensive writing and/or editing experience for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to facilitate educational/skill building workshops
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and meet deadlines
  • Multi-issue social justice education
  • Digital photography (preferred)
  • Desktop publishing
  • Media justice, analysis, criticism, or social documentation
  • Mac and PC operating systems
  • Web design
  • Familiarity with institutions of higher education similar to the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Willingness to serve as a contributing, active and positive member of the MSC staff and be committed to its organizational success
  • A record of commitment to social justice principals and multicultural student support.
  • A willingness and ability to work some evening and weekend hours
  • A flexible working style and strong work ethic
  • Practice ethical boundary-setting with students as befits a student affairs professional.
  • Ability to honor and demonstrate a strong sense of accountability and advocacy to the students whom they serve.

Principal duties:

  • Provide quality programs and services designed to increase cross-cultural competencies, elevate awareness of power and privilege , foster social justice, and improve campus climate for all students.
  • Enhance the involvement and academic/personal success of students of color and their allies.
  • Create programs which appropriately apply cultural, student, and identity development theories.
  • Lead the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET) team in the area of educational/training opportunities for students on the use of social justice media strategies (messaging, analysis, social documentation, cultural production, etc.).
  • Collaborate with other staff members in implementing key outreach activities and coordinate communications/outreach with campus- and community-based organizations;
  • Forge working relationships with other campus units that have Multicultural or Social Justice programming/support services,
  • Represent the MSC on relevant campus communications committees

Passive Programming

  • Utilize knowledge of the Department’s organizational philosophy, operational model, and educational/advocacy/support activities to create and implement effective communications strategies designed to support both the MSC’s strategic priorities and mission
  • Develop strategic communications plans, objectives, and guidelines for the MSC and advise the Director/Asst. Dean and center staff on all communications issues;
  • Serve as the primary editor for all Departmental publications and other forms of messaging, including the e-newsletter, annual report, brochures, and web content;
  • Serve as a liaison between the MSC and University Communications

The Social Justice Educator/Communications Specialist will:

  • Perform other duties as assigned/requested by the Director/Asst. Dean or the Central Leadership Team of the Division of Student life.
  • Advance the mission, vision and strategic priorities of the Division through day-to-day responsibilities and special projects.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive living-learning-working community Represent Multicultural Student Center on divisional committees
  • Represent the Division via campus committees, initiatives and events as requested

Additional Information:  IJET is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. The IJET provides and supports campus-wide opportunities for deep reflection and action around issues of Social Justice for multicultural students and their allies. This initiative includes several entry level (101) and intermediate (201) social justice workshops offered throughout the academic year, a Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series, and ongoing support for students involved in various campus and community social justice efforts. Our goals are:

  • To develop multi-issue (intersectional) social justice literacy
  • To celebrate and reclaim the profound legacy of student movements
  • To enhance students’ capacities to build effective and sustainable coalitions, organizations, and/or movements in their contemporary context
  • To foster and support transformative leaders working towards an increasingly equitable and just society.

As a communications specialist and social justice educator on the staff of the MSC, the duties of the position revolve around being a member of the IJET Social Justice Resource Center Staff.


ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Submit applications by application deadline date to ensure consideration. Applications submitted after the posted deadline may be considered.

Please submit a cover and resume/c/v . Your cover letter must explicitly detail:

  • how you meet the minimum number of years/experience for this specific
  • your competence in the basic skills required for this position
  • which preferred skills/experience you would bring to this position

Submissions should be sent to:

Diane Steele, 500 Lincoln Dr, 75 Bascom Hall, Madison, WI 53706-1314
Email: dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu
Phone: 608-263-5700
Fax: 608-265-5646

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