Senior Communication Specialist

Ascendium Education Group, Inc. fkn Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.

Ascendium has been helping people fulfill their potential through the transformative power of education for over half a century. We promote postsecondary student success in a variety of ways: We’re one of the nation’s biggest postsecondary education philanthropies, with grants totaling over $100 million per year aimed at removing systemic obstacles so that more people from low-income backgrounds can achieve their academic and career goals. We help student loan borrowers avoid and recover from the devastating impact of default. And we develop and market products and services that help colleges better support their students’ financial well-being.

Position Details

Senior Communication Specialist
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

As a member of the writing team, you’ll produce a variety of copy for both internal and external audiences. We’re looking for a hard-working, engaging, collaborative communicator adept at using language to inspire. You must have proven media relations savvy, a knack for boiling down complicated information into a digestible form, and a strong instinct for figuring out what words and channels will resonate with whom.

Every assignment will be different. One day you will be asked to write a piece for our internal website about a new employee benefit being offered. The next day it might be talking points about a new grant we’ve awarded or a press release about a fun volunteer event we did with one of our adopted organizations. You will be expected to apply the right voice and tone to each project while maintaining the highest standards of technical proficiency. You should be comfortable writing in the language of mission, vision and values while recognizing when to inject a bit of levity and pizzazz.

These are the qualifications we’re looking for:

  • 5+ years of experience in journalism, nonprofit communications, advertising or other scribo-centric fields
  • In-depth understanding of media relations
  • Top-notch storytelling chops
  • Exquisite creative, critical and conceptual thinking
  • Ability and willingness to edit and proofread material at various stages of development
  • Terrific organizational, problem-solving and coordination skills
  • Superior knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Bonus points for previous experience with philanthropy, postsecondary education access/completion or PR software.

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