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Apply now Job no: 97770-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Event Planning, Program Coordination, Other

Position Summary:

COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all.

The successful applicant will be an integral member of the COWS team and will work on a variety of programs, including the Mayors Innovation Project, the State Smart Transportation Initiative, and our Workforce Development program.

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:

Minimum undergraduate degree or equivalent in public policy, political science, urban planning, non-profit management, communications, journalism or other social science subjects. Applicants with relevant professional backgrounds but different degrees will be considered.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum one year of professional experience required; 2-3 years desired. Skills should include:

a) Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences on policy topics.
b) Excellent organizational skills, including scheduling large groups, planning and running conference calls and webinars, tracking attendance and participation, etc.
c) Demonstrated experience communicating with diverse audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, community and environmental groups, public and private sectors.
d) Experience recruiting, building relationships with, and organizing people from non-profit organizations, businesses, and/or local governments.
e) Ability to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and variety of formats, and when required, to learn new areas of policy quickly
f) Experience working with databases
g) Experience with various social media platforms.
h) Experience working on Lay out and design of documents.

Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
a) Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
b) Familiarity with climate and energy issues, public health, municipal finance, water policy, workforce development, labor standards, and/or civil and human rights policy.
c) Experience developing outreach plans which include direct outreach, social media, and earned media approaches.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $41,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired in to a no prefix or Associate Outreach Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position contact: Matthew Wyndham, 608-265-8665,

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Matthew Wyndham
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.

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