Job description


Job no: 100462-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Wisconsin
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The Crops and Soils Outreach Program Manager is an exciting position in the UW Madison Division of Extension's Agriculture Institute. The Agriculture Institute facilitates and develops research-based educational programs and informational materials concerning agricultural and horticultural topics for businesses, individuals and families in Wisconsin. The Crops and Soils Program is one of five programs within the Agriculture Institute. The other programs are Dairy, Farm Management, Horticulture, and Livestock.

The Crops and Soils Program Manager will work with county-based educators, state Extension specialists and stakeholder partners to assess crops and soils programming needs in Wisconsin. Relevant programming subjects could include cropping systems, integrated pest management, agriculture technology, alternative crops, and nutrient management. The program manager coordinates with Institute faculty and staff to design, deliver and evaluate research-based educational programs to meet these needs.

The ideal candidate will be adept at building trust-based relationships, as this position will be responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with a diversity of crops and soils programming stakeholders and Extension staff across the state. The ideal candidate will also have experience with generating revenue and managing budgets. Currently this position does not directly supervise any staff, but this may change depending on programming objectives and funding opportunities.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's or other graduate degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as agronomy/plant sciences; agriculture education; agricultural economics; soil science or related field.

Doctorate or terminal degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as agronomy/plant sciences; agriculture education; agricultural economics; soil science or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Qualifications:
- 5 or more years of professional experience in crops and soils management related work
- Experience managing budgets
- Successful experience obtaining funding through grants, contracts, gifts, and/or revenue generation
- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
- Established track-record of building partnerships with diverse agricultural groups
- Demonstrated educational program development skills including planning and implementing programs, evaluation, and communicating program impact and value to stakeholders
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other aspects of human diversity

Preferred Qualifications:
- Two years or more of supervisory experience
- Bilingual, especially with fluency in both English and Spanish
- Experience working in an agricultural discipline or focus outside of the United States

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Office Location:
Statewide responsibilities, office location negotiable

Additional Infromation:
- The Crops and Soils Outreach Program Manager reports directly to the Agriculture Institute Director
- Must be able to travel statewide and the candidate is responsible for arranging for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions
- Must be able to work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $69,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.


Heidi Johnson
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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: https://oed.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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: Sep 13 2019 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close:Oct 4 2019 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 9/16/2019
Application Due: 10/4/2019
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