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Communications Director
  • Requisition ID #: 30315
  • Job Category: Communications
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Director
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Medical Education Building
  • Department: Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
  • Education: Bachelors Degree

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Position Description:

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) brings a synergy between the best medical education, research and patient care. Tomorrow’s discoveries happen right here alongside the very people who bring those lessons to our students. Every bit of knowledge, and every advancement, provides our students with an unprecedented, collaborative learning environment, and helps improve the vitality and care of our communities.

In the role of Communications Director you will be the AHW Communications Director and will be responsible for developing and executing internal and external communications strategy for the department. The Communications Director serves as a team leader, brand steward, and content strategist, ensuring effective messaging to relevant target audiences.  This role directs AHW Endowment’s internal communications staff and activities, and works closely with Medical Colleg of Wisconsin(MCW) Office of Communications to ensure alignment and coordination of efforts. The Communications Director will work with and report directly to the AHW Senior Associate Dean and Director with connectivity to the MCW Associate Vice President Marketing, Brand Strategy and University Engagement.  

About AHW Endowment – The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment was established by the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004 to receive a portion of the charitable funds from the conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit corporation. The proceeds of the sale were generously gifted to Wisconsin’s two medical schools – MCW and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – on behalf of the people of Wisconsin.  AHW proudly calls the MCW School of Medicine home. It is this strategic placement in the third largest private medical school in the nation – within Wisconsin’s largest private research institution – that enables us to steward this gift, combining the power of philanthropy with that of academic medicine to serve as a catalyst for positive change statewide. Learn more at and learn how you can be a part of the AHW team!



  • Build and lead a team of skilled communications professionals, including content creators and promoters. Manage contracted external resources, including but not limited to digital marketing and communications consultants, production teams, and technology vendors; and supports the Medical College of Wisconsin’s overall brand, goals, and objectives, strengthening the organization’s reputation and corporate culture. 
  • Develop and manage communications plans to enhance AHW’s ability to achieve its mission and vision; lead communications content strategy in alignment with department strategy
  • Produce and disseminate deliverables, reports and executive communications appropriate for research, education, and community engagement stakeholders; create presentations for department senior leadership
  • Oversee department electronic communications including website, e-newsletters, stories, social media, visual media, online project directory, external marketing content, infographics, video segments
  • Design communications tactics resulting in earned media aligned with department goals
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize data to identify trends and develop insights for action
  • Provide timely and appropriate responses to pressing internal or external inquiries; monitor and manage reputation
  • Conduct audience research and analysis
  • Cultivate stakeholder and collaborator relationships
  • Ensure information is available and conveniently located; utilize approved communication tools and ensure alignment with organization’s brand guidelines, style, and protocols
  • Oversee creation of new approaches for communicating and disseminating accomplishments of the department and projects to multiple stakeholders; adapt communications channels to meet emerging needs
  • Perform management responsibilities including supervising and mentoring staff, scheduling people and material resources, maintaining timelines
  • Develop and manage communications budget in collaboration with department leadership
  • Collaborate across AHW functional units and the organization to uphold stewardship objectives and principles

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience in complex, matrixed organizations; demonstrated portfolio and excellence in writing, multimedia content, and media relations for diverse audiences; knowledge of emerging technologies relative to marketing and communications practices
  • Effective communication skills including oral, written, visual storytelling, digital production, audience research; advanced critical thinking and problem solving; high level of attention to detail; high degree of emotional intelligence and consensus building
  • Ability to clearly communicate information necessary for business success; handle confidential and sensitive information and respect politically challenging situations; advise institutional partners on appropriate communications channels; analyze and articulate concepts and vision into work products, policies/procedures; work in a self-directed manner

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 
Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis

  • Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum Required Experience: 7 years in communications; 3 years in leadership role 


  • Master’s degree
  • 8+ years in communications; 5 years in leadership role
  • Not-for-profit and healthcare communications, marketing, journalism, media relations
  • Certification: Inbound marketing

Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc. 

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Eastern Wisconsin is a vibrant, diverse metropolitan area.  MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine.  MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.