|Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Minimum of 6-8 years of experience in program management and/or development required, preferably in higher education. Demonstrated ability to plan and manage budgets, supervise staff, and work as a member of a collaborative team required. Strong communication skills and the ability to build partnerships with stakeholders around campus and across the state will be essential to success in this position. Evidence of commitment to excellence, integrity, and innovation required.
Familiarity with agricultural production and food systems strongly preferred, including production science and the cultural, economic, and community factors that affect the program interests and educational progress of current and future FISC (Farm and Industry Short Course) students and clients. Ability to teach one or more courses offered in the program a plus. Experience in administering post-secondary education strongly preferred, including experience in establishing and evaluating educational curricula and developing a robust business plan that insures continuity and growth of the FISC program. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in academic advising and familiarity with educational technologies and pedagogical best practices. Experience working effectively in a shared governance environment a plus.
The Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a 16-week educational program designed to prepare students for careers in agriculture. The program is operated by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been offered each winter since 1885. The curriculum covers crops, dairy, meat animals, soils, farm equipment, finance, management, marketing, and more, and is taught by CALS faculty and staff, and by ad hoc instructors hired specifically to support the program. FISC operates two residence hall buildings (Humphrey and Jorns Halls) that house the majority of the students enrolled in the program; the residence halls operate as hotels when FISC is not in session. The academic, residential, and scholarship programs combined have an annual budget of over $750,000. More information on the program is available at https://fisc.cals.wisc.edu.
The Director is responsible for oversight of all aspects of operating this revenue-generating program, including marketing, recruitment, admissions, curricula, academic policies, advising, commencement, facilities, budget, alumni relations, fundraising, personnel supervision, and strategic planning. The staff includes an assistant director who oversees residential life programming and supports the director in providing academic advising to prospective and enrolled students. The assistant director in turn oversees two facility workers who support day-to-day operation of the two residence halls, along with a team of undergraduate House Fellows. Additional program support is provided by the team in the Office of Academic Affairs, including the Office Manager, a Student Status Examiner, Receptionist, and Financial Specialist. The director reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in CALS. The FISC Program Committee, a governance committee consisting of faculty and staff from the college, provides additional guidance and support for the director. The director is responsible for hiring and supervising ad hoc instructors as necessary to offer the program curricula, which currently includes over 30 courses.