Job description


Job no: 98750-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Management/Supervisory

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS) is charged with developing and providing a comprehensive array of professional development opportunities which align with the state, county, and tribal child welfare and youth justice workforce needs, and the training and professional development needs of foster parents. The system delivers hundreds of training and professional development activities throughout Wisconsin, serving almost 20,000 trainees, annually. Technical assistance using organizational effectiveness and continuous quality improvement models is also provided to counties and tribes, upon request.

The WCWPDS Director will directly supervise all WCWPDS Central Office staff and have oversight and management responsibility for all subcontracted and purchased services needed to complete the mission of the system, as well as oversight and management responsibility for the larger system contract with UW-Madison, the timeliness and quality of its deliverables, and compliance with federal, state, and university regulations pertaining to fiscal and research policies. The Director also oversees the development of evaluation strategies for ensuring transfer of learning to training recipients, oversees the successful implementation and statewide use of the Learning Management System database, and seeks additional funding opportunities to further support the needs of the system. This position further involves active participation in national networks for Title IV-E professional development systems and professional degree stipend programs.

The WCWPDS is jointly funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), and county and tribal child welfare agencies. The University of Wisconsin-Madison partners with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare to develop, deliver, and support all required foundational and special topics training for child welfare workers, supervisors, and foster parents; technical assistance to county and tribal child welfare agencies; and select foundational training for youth justice workers. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work is the lead entity under contract with DCF. The Director reports directly to the Principal Investigator of the WCWPDS contract and works closely and collaboratively with the WCWPDS Steering Committee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and numerous WCWPDS stakeholders around the state.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Masters degree in the areas of Social Work, Public Administration, Business Administration or Higher Education is required. Other degrees, will be considered with extensive experience in managing large scale contracts or business functions.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Extensive experience with the development, management, and monitoring of large-scale, service-oriented contracts.
Experience developing and delivering educational training courses, or coordinating the development and delivery of training initiatives within large-scale professional development systems.
Extensive experience with budget development and management. Demonstrated ability to interpret and analyze complex financial information.
Extensive experience with project management, including task delegation, monitoring, and quality assurance.
Significant experience with management and supervision, including staff hiring, development, and, accountability.
Exceptional relational skills and ability to coalesce multiple interests to ensure a shared vision for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS).
Ability to navigate and work effectively with higher education faculty, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) staff, county and tribal human services staff, and other stakeholders to build and sustain strong collaborations and a shared vision among these entities for public child welfare training in Wisconsin.
Demonstrated experience in successful collaboration with multiple partners with diverse perspectives and priorities.
3+ years of professional experience in adult or continuing education and/or child welfare or human service systems experience is preferred.
Familiarity with public child welfare practice and systems, and with federal laws and policies affecting child welfare practice, is preferred.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $74,999 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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

For questions on the position contact: Kristen Slack, [email protected] or 608-263-4630.

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and 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.


Kristen Slack
[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. )

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: May 17 2019 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 30 2019 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/20/2019
Application Due: 6/30/2019
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