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JOB NO.: 94841-AS

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


Location: Madison

Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 94841-AS

Working Title: Outreach Specialist



FTE: 50% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: AUGUST 15, 2018

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $36,790 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Minimum BA/BS degree in public health, social work, education, psychology, policy, sociology, or related field. Master's degree preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

At least 1-3 years of experience with community-university or other interorganizational partnerships, nonprofit or community organizations, community health promotion, and/or community-based research or evaluation.

Technical/Job Skill Qualifications
-- Critical understanding and commitment to health equity and/or social justice.
-- Interpersonal skills to build trusting relationships with community and university partners.
-- Ability to communicate with individuals representing a range of education and literacy levels, both one-on-one and in groups.
-- Ability to conduct trainings and educational presentations for small and large audiences.
-- Ability to work independently and take initiative in seeking out solutions to project challenges.
-- Ability to work well with other team members to build skills and capacity.
-- Proficiency or ability to develop proficiency, with a range of computer software applications and web/cloud-based platforms.
-- Ability to conduct in-state travel and participate in occasional evening and weekend events.
-- Promote respect and the practice of civility in the workplace.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

This position will be a key member of a team supporting community partners funded through the Obesity Prevention Initiative's (OPI). The Outreach Specialist will work within the OPI Community Intervention Core and the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) to connect community partners to university people and resources that can advance their local health promotion efforts. This individual will support positive two-way communication between community and university partners and work to understand community partner needs and interests and to develop opportunities to meet them. The Outreach Specialist must be committed to building partnerships with community groups and skilled in relationship building with diverse individuals, grassroots groups, and organizations.

The Outreach Specialist should have background and familiarity with community partnership processes and a strong desire to learn from both community and university partners about opportunities to create change in policies, systems, environments, and programs to promote community health and wellbeing. The Outreach Specialist will have a commitment to and critical understanding of health equity and/or social justice in their work. The ideal candidate will also have additional skills and experiences in facilitation, grantwriting and fund development, and/or applied research or evaluation.

The individual should be organized, thorough, and skilled at task prioritization and time-management, and a strong team player. The outreach specialist should also be skilled in distance communications, including video- and telephone-conferencing, e-mail, webinars, and communications using other media. Daily tasks will often require reading and responding to emails in a timely manner, formatting documents and/or finalizing presentation materials, scheduling meetings, and documenting community and university contacts.

The CommNS recognizes the great value that diversity and inclusion brings to our team. Individuals who can offer diverse racial, cultural, LGBTQ, class, and/or other perspectives and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Outreach Specialist will be based at UW-Madison but will work with communities across the state and partners across campus. Some travel to locations within the state of Wisconsin is therefore required, with mileage to be reimbursed through project resources at the current state level. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Ability to work effectively within a diverse community.
Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.

Additional Information:

This is a grant-funded and fixed-term terminal appointment initially expected to last for one year from the date of hire. There is the possibility the position will be extended for an additional year or converted to an ongoing renewable appointment should additional funding be secure.


Amy Hilgendorf
[email protected]
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:

To apply, upload your CV and a cover letter. Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references.

Contact person below.
Amy Hilgendorf
4285M Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
[email protected]

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: http://www.oed.wisc.edu/478.htm

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is required by law to request data from applicants for employment in order to monitor its recruitment and selection practices. In order for us to meet this federal reporting requirement, please go to http://www.oed.wisc.edu/reports-and-forms.htm to fill out the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form and the Applicant Self-Identification Form for Protected Veterans. Please reference the Position Vacancy Number when uploading your completed forms. Completing these forms is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential and is not considered as part of the hiring criteria.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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.

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Advertised: Jun 11 2018 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Jul 1 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time





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