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Apply now Job no: 97592-AS
Work type: Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Office & Administrative Support

Position Summary:

This is an academic staff (non-tenure track) position in the School of Human Ecology, Center for Financial Security.

The Outreach Specialist will work closely with the Center for Financial Security (CFS) Retirement and Disability Research Center (RDRC) faculty and staff to develop, coordinate, and disseminate written, visual/graphic, and multimedia communications about the RDRC research, training, and outreach programs via website, email, social media, and other platforms. The Outreach Specialist will assist CFS faculty, staff, and students with planning and outreach efforts, including planning and preparations for training events, organization of conferences and workshops, and preparations for meetings. Assistance with grant reporting and other grant-related activities will be required as needed.

This position is contingent upon available funding.

--Ability to work effectively within a diverse community
--Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment

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:

Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree in public affairs, public policy, political science, urban and regional planning, communications, or related field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum Required Qualifications:
--Two or more years of professional experience in research or general administration within a higher education environment, nonprofit, business, or government setting is required.
--Ability to work effectively within a diverse community
--Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment
--Exceptional verbal and advanced written communication skills
--Experience in outreach and project development with a higher education, government or nonprofit setting.
--Familiarity with program evaluation design and implementation, preferably in an applied research setting
--Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with diverse audiences, including students, faculty, staff community-based organizations and state, local and federal agencies
--Ability to work independently on complex projects, handling multiple priorities, demonstrating effective time-management and organizational skills, and proactively problem-solve
--Ability to work collaboratively as a team player within a small professional staff
--Excellent proficiency in the use of software applications for creating publications, databases, spreadsheets, evaluation applications, and word processing is required

Preferred Qualifications:
--Proficiency with WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Connect
--An understanding of financial issues unique to low-and moderate income individuals
--An understanding of topics and issues related to Social Security, retirement and disability
--Experience in event planning and coordination

Additional Information:

CENTER FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY: Housed in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), CFS is an intellectual hub for research and outreach across disciplines. Currently, 95 researchers from the UW and campuses across the nation are affiliated with CFS. CFS attracts leading researchers through its expertise in consumer behavior, commitment to outreach and applied scholarship, and access to resources for behavior research and the dissemination of research findings. CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience with program development, implementation evaluation, and outcome evaluation.

CENTER FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY RESEARCH CENTER (CFS RDRC): The CFS RDRC is an applied research program funded by the Social Security Administration, which develops evidence that can assist policymakers, the public, and the media in understanding issues in Social Security, retirement, and disability policy, especially related to economically vulnerable populations. The CFS RDRC incorporates diversity of viewpoints and disciplines, develops diverse emerging scholars and generates research findings that are used in policy and practice.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,200 students, and 100 graduate students. Faculty members in the School of Human Ecology often affiliate with centers and programs including the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, the Center for Financial Security, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. See

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. The University provides excellent technology and library resources. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See



Work Type:

Part Time: 50%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $38,276 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a current resume/CV and a detailed cover letter addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position. You will also be asked to upload a list of three references, and to complete a Work History form within the application.


Hallie Lienhardt
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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.

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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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