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Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Management/Supervisory, Research, Scientific, Other

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Asst. Director, Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT)

Official Title:


Hiring Department:




Anticipated Begin Date:

MARCH 01, 2017


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

PhD. in Education, Labor Economics, Public Administration or related Social Science

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Working knowledge of current issues in one or more of the following areas:
* labor economics with respect to education-workforce supply and demand issues
* workforce development at the postsecondary level
* career advising and student affairs at the postsecondary level
* teaching and learning issues related to 21st century skills

Experience required:
* Minimum 2 years' management experience including staff supervision, budget planning and oversight, strategic planning, and public relations
* Minimum 2 years' experience designing and implementing research projects related to the Institute's program strands
* Proven experience conducting independent research including development of research design, human subjects protocols, data collection and analysis, and preparing results for dissemination through scholarly and practitioner outlets
* Experience convening conferences, symposia, or research talks including securing speakers, facilities, and managing budgets for events
* Successful record in independently preparing grant proposals, securing funding, managing budgets, and implementing proposed activities

Preferred qualifications include the following:
* Experience with mixed methods research, data visualization techniques and preparing rigorous yet accessible scholarly and practitioner publications
* Experience managing social media activities for a research or policy-oriented organization
* Working knowledge of global higher education-workforce systems, especially in East Asian (China, South Korea, and Japan) countries

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Position Summary:

We are seeking a full-time Assistant Director to coordinate the day-to-day functions of the newly established Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT). This person will be responsible for implementing the goals of the Center, specifically:

(1) Identify and strengthen, via research and policy analysis, the programs and policies that contribute to effective support systems (i.e., teaching, training, and career and academic advising) that facilitate students' transitions from college to the workforce;
(2) Foster a community of scholars and practitioners via strategic collaborations on research and policy analysis;
(3) Support a cohort of researchers engaged in college-to-workforce pathway issues through the operation of a small grants program;
(4) Facilitate debate and dialogue around issues facing the future of higher education and the labor market though symposia and conferences that bring together scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from different fields; and,
(5) Communicate findings and results from these activities via policy reports, journal articles, social media, and other outlets to the general public and scholarly, policymaking, and practitioner audiences.

Additional Information:

The mission of the Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) is to conduct and support research, critical policy analysis, and public dialogue on student experiences with the transition from college to the workforce in order to inform policies, programs, and practices that promote academic and career success for all learners.

The Institute is being launched at a time when student employability, skills gaps, changes in the labor market, the future of higher education, and career pathways are being discussed and debated around the world. Yet absent from these discussions are the voices and experiences of those most implicated in the future direction of higher education-workforce dynamics: those of the learners themselves. Documenting their experiences with teaching and training, career advising, and hiring processes is important to inform the design and improvement of programs aimed at helping students make the transition from college to the workforce. In fact, ensuring that new programs, policies, and practices are grounded in the experiences of "users", and the organizational, socio-cultural, and political factors influencing them, is a core concept of design, public health, and other fields aimed at creating products and services that best meet the needs of potential users - here, both "traditional" (i.e., 18-25 years old) as well as "non-traditional" (i.e., adults, dislocated workers) students enrolled in some form of postsecondary education or training program.

Besides documenting the experiences of students making the college-to-workforce transition, research and policy analysis conducted under the auspices of CCWT will also focus on identifying effective strategies for teaching, advising, hiring, and training that facilitate student and employee acquisition of 21st century competencies, career decision-making skills, and favorable employment outcomes. In addition, research will also focus on comparative analyses of student experiences with college-workforce pathways across municipal, regional and national borders that shed light on promising practices and important differences.


Franchesca Beswick
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Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and a CV/resume. You will also be asked to fill in the information for your references in the application.

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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