Madison, WI
Jun 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90979-AS

Work Type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90979-AS

Working Title: Associate, Mayors Innovation Project



FTE: 80% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 15, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $38,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Minimum undergraduate degree or equivalent in public policy, political science, urban planning, non-profit management, or other social science subjects; master's degree or equivalent in similar fields desired but not required. Applicants with exceptionally relevant professional backgrounds but different degrees will be considered.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

No professional experience required, however at least three years of professional experience desired, with seven years of experience required for appointment at senior title. Skills should include:

-Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences on policy topics.
-Excellent organizational skills, including scheduling large groups, planning and running conference calls and webinars, tracking attendance and participation, etc.
-Demonstrated experience communicating and writing to diverse audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, community and environmental groups, public and private sectors.
-Experience organizing and relationship building with non-profit organizations and/or local governments.
-Capacity to learn areas of policy quickly and to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and variety of formats.

Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
-Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
-Policy research and analysis experience.
-Knowledge of local policy and/or local government.
-Familiarity with climate and energy issues, public health, municipal finance, water policy, workforce development, labor standards, and/or civil and human rights policy.
-Project management.

Position Summary:

COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all. The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This position will work in two areas of COWS work: the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), and our workforce development initiative, and report to the Associate Director of COWS and the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project on a day to day basis.


Matthew Wyndham
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into an Associate Outreach Specialist, Outreach Specialist or Senior Outreach Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Matthew Wyndham, 608-265-8665,

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: 05 Jun 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 3 Jul 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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