University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Working Title: Lake Effect Production Assistant
Position Number 02344107
Division College of Letters and Science
Department B4845 WUWM
Position Type Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type Fixed Term/Project
Pay Basis Annual
Salary Grade 18
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Staff
UWM Description The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is Wisconsin’s second-largest university, with a unique dual mission of access and research to provide high-quality education for students from all backgrounds. UWM is one of 146 top research universities recognized as “R1” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Along with its main campus in Milwaukee, UWM has branch campuses in Waukesha and Washington County.
UWM celebrates, values and promotes the diverse voices and experiences of its students and employees and our community partners. We believe diversity enriches and strengthens our institution. UWM is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities for students and employees from every background. We aspire to create a campus climate that is welcoming to all. Learn more here:
School/College/Division Description WUWM 89.7 – Milwaukee’s NPR is the largest public radio station in southeastern Wisconsin, reaching nearly 100,000 listeners every week with independent news, thoughtful conversations, and smart entertainment. A listener-funded radio station, WUWM serves the public by offering high-quality, in-depth local reporting that informs, inspires, and connects the community.
WUWM’s award-winning journalists and producers create captivating stories to inform the public about the important issues facing southeastern Wisconsin and the state. With specialty reporting initiatives focused on the environment, education, and race and ethnicity, WUWM is a leader in bringing local perspectives to national topics and its community engagement initiatives also work to build the next generation of public radio supporters.
Beyond our local reporting and programs like Lake Effect, 89.7 FM also broadcasts the best national offerings from the affiliate networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media.
WUWM is licensed to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is operated by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science.
Job Summary Lake Effect is looking for a production assistant to work alongside Lake Effect hosts and producers. Lake Effect is a four day a week program and podcast from WUWM-Milwaukee’s NPR that brings local conversations about the people, places and organizations that shape Milwaukee to the community. The production assistant will be responsible for editing the show for air, assisting with web content, and producing and editing conversations. The job is partially remote, but the candidate will need to be able to come to the office and engage with the Milwaukee community on a regular basis.
The candidate must be available to work weekdays and evenings. The candidate must be able to multitask on deadline and communicate across departments. The candidate must live in or plan to move to the Milwaukee-area.

Duties will include:

  • Editing the Lake Effect program for air
  • Translating audio interviews into web posts
  • Creating content on
  • Generating story ideas and interview subjects that fit in with the theme and style of the program
  • Scheduling and conducting interviews from the home office, in studio and on location
  • Represent WUWM at community and virtual events
  • Participate in WUWM fundraising campaigns and activities
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree OR 3 years of professional work experience
  • Audio editing experience
  • Web posting experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • 3 years in journalism or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of audio editing software programs
  • Demonstrated ability to write/produce stories for broadcast and digital platforms
  • Experience conducting pre-recorded and live interviews
  • Familiarity with Southeastern Wisconsin issues
  • Knowledge of WUWM and/or public radio
  • Experience working with colleagues or communities with a diverse array of perspectives and backgrounds
Target Salary Range $40,000 – $50,000 (Final salary offer will be determined by experience, training, education, and equity-based factors)
Benefits and Total Rewards As part of UWM’s commitment to supporting the success of our team members through positive experiences, employees are provided with Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life. UWM offers a comprehensive benefits package and contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. Employees with a qualifying position also receive an extensive leave package including vacation, sick leave (with no expiration), personal holiday, and paid legal holidays. Please visit this link to view summary benefits information. (Compensation figures are for example purposes only.) UWM Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life
Application Instructions Applicants will be expected to provide:

  • A Resume
  • A cover letter that addresses the candidate’s professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications
  • A list of three professional references with contact information
  • Three work samples that demonstrate an ability to edit audio and/or conduct audio interviews (attach to “Other Document 1”)
Application Deadline 06/25/2023
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) No
If Continuous, Initial Review Date
Position Contact Name Jake Azinger
Contact Phone 4142518122
Contact Email [email protected]
Application Notes For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.
Legal Notices AA/EO Statement
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
Reasonable Accommodations
UWM 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 [email protected] or 414-229-4463. 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
UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM 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 and Reference Check Policy
Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.
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For the UWM 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 UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.
Employment Authorization
In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
Job Categories Communication/Public Relations, Extension, Outreach, and Public Engagement, Media

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