Job description


Job no: 99254-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

This position reports to the Director of the new CDC-funded University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) and will serve as both the Deputy Director of the Center and also support and conduct research with the Director as a Research Scientist in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The position requires both research and administrative/managerial responsibilities. Both the Center and the position are new, so experience building administrative infrastructure from scratch will be beneficial.

The candidate will conduct independent and collaborative research as a Scientist with Dr. Ehrenthal within the Division of Reproductive and Population Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In addition, the candidate will have direct responsibility for overseeing day-to-day operations of the UWPRC. The Center's integrated program of research, community engagement, training, and dissemination is designed to effectively expand the conduct of high-quality applied health promotion and disease prevention research with a focus on the health of low-income women, infants, and families. The Center will engage multidisciplinary campus researchers, public health practitioners, community-based and governmental organizations, and families to develop a research and translational agenda emphasizing the testing and dissemination of policy and systems strategies.

The candidate will work closely with the Director and Associate Directors, as well as individuals from the CDC, in a leadership role to establish, develop, and manage strategic planning, research, budgetary, and dissemination activities, including providing timely information to researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the public through the dissemination of a range of publications and multi-media products, as well as Center conferences and workshops.

The candidate will also have primarily responsibility for supervising Center staff including hiring and directly supervising the Program Specialist, Communications Specialist, Administrative Assistant, and trainees.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

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:

PhD or other equivalent terminal degree required in medicine, nursing, public health, epidemiology, population health, public affairs, economics, sociology, social work or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Requires a minimum of 2 years of administrative experience and 3 years of research experience related to public health, prevention, or epidemiology research, administration, supervision, policy, or practice in a governmental or university setting. Knowledge of federal and state public health systems and policies is required.

Preferred Relevant Skills and Experience:
1. Experience collaboratively managing projects within a team environment, including experience setting goals, balancing priorities, managing budgets, and managing against deadlines.
2. Proven written communication skills, including the ability to summarize and interpret a wide range of research reports and results.
3. Proven verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas succinctly to a wide range of audiences.
4. Ability to build and sustain external relationships and coordinate the efforts of multiple partners toward a common goal.
5. Ability to supervise research, editorial, and administrative staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Five years of experience related to public health or prevention research, policy or practice.
2. Three years of experience in a university/academic unit.
3. Knowledge of programs and research specifically related to women's health and maternal and child health at the local, state, and national levels.
4. Knowledge of research methods ranging from epidemiology, implementation research to policy evaluation.
5. Experience responding to requests for information regarding specific evidence around health and prevention approaches and strategies, as well as related research, on a timely basis, paying attention to detail and offering recommendations when requested.
6. Experience listening to and then translating senior management research priorities into work plans reflecting those priorities.
7. Experience working within the state or federal public health and policy environment.

Additional Information:

Travel will be required (average of two trips per year, out of state).



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 70% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $42,512 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please select 'apply now' to upload your cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.


Brandon Dietz
[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. )

Official Title:


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).

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.

Applications Open: Jul 2 2019 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close:Jul 31 2019 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 7/4/2019
Application Due: 7/31/2019
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