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Apply now Job no: 97725-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Dean, Director, Executive, Management/Supervisory, Other

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin Madison's highly ranked School of Education is one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. It has assisted scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. WCER generates approximately $80 million of revenue in awards and services annually. WCER employs approximately 500 employees including academic staff, university staff, research associates, graduate assistants and undergraduates. Approximately 65 faculty from the School of Education and other units across campus are affiliated with WCER, acting as principal investigators or key personnel on grants and/or collaborating on other education initiatives in the center.

The WCER Associate Director of Administration is responsible for the successful financial management and operations of the entire Center, achieved in part by promoting advanced technology solutions. The Associate Director is also responsible for strategic and long-range planning on behalf of the financial and operational health of the Center. The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm, and creative ideas to this position and will work in a collaborative environment.

The Associate Director for Administration leads and inspires a diverse team of professionals who support education research and product development by providing comprehensive services and creative, effective solutions to the WCER community. The Associate Director oversees the Business Office, WCER Communications, Facilities Management, and WCER Copy and Mail Services. This position reports directly to the WCER Director.

Position Duties:

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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:

Master's degree is required in a relevant field such as Finance, Business, Public Administration, accounting, or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1) Six plus years' experience with: development, administration and oversight of financial management policies; budget planning and development within a large and complex institution; and sponsored projects administration, including familiarity with budgetary and compliance requirements of major funding agencies (state, federal, private foundation). A minimum of four years experience in all of these areas in a higher education setting.
2) Demonstrated skill and experience in effective policy development, strategic planning, change management, quality improvement, and program development in a large and complex institution
3) Demonstrated experience overseeing administrative and operational processes and resources; ability to handle multiple and diverse projects, events and shifting priorities and deadlines is required.
4) Four plus years' demonstrated skill and experience in leading and supervising administrative teams is required.
5) Experience with multiple streams of academic funding: grants (state, federal, private foundation, corporate), fee-for-service, commercialization.
6) Excellent oral and written communications skills.
7) Excellent presentation skills. Experience in external relations, particularly with university, state and national units and funding agencies is an advantage.
8) Strong computer and technology-related experience including financial and administrative software tools.
9) Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated capacity for working well with others.
10) Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills are required.
11) Knowledge and experience with University of Wisconsin and/or Wisconsin fiscal, budget and administrative policies and processes are advantageous.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Minimum $95,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Dr. Robert Mathieu, current resume, and a document with the names and contact information of three professional references.


Mary Hegge
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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  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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