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Apply now Job no: 100376-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Milwaukee
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Health Care, Medical, Social Services

Position Summary:

The Community Outreach Specialist (COS) is someone with a healthcare or health education background who is known and respected by Dane County's African American communities, understands the communities' needs and concerns, and who can use that knowledge to establish new relationships with community members and their leaders. The COS's primary role is to facilitate and sustain partnerships between academic researchers and community organizations to develop new programs addressing chronic health conditions or to ensure that existing community programs are effective.

This position is a key member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN) and Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCE) and other community partner organizations in Milwaukee. The position is supervised by the center's director.

CAARN is a participatory-based research network that brings together academic researchers and community partners in order to conduct clinical and dissemination research related to healthy aging. CAARN's sustainable infrastructure was built to bridge university and community entities to increase research in alignment with Wisconsin's Aging Plan, Healthiest WI 2010 and 2020, the National Institute of Health's mission, and the needs of Wisconsin's rural and African American communities.

CCE was established to increase the UW footprint in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin to bridge UW investigators and the community together to successfully engage African American communities in research and service opportunities to reduce health disparities.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

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 in health education, social science, psychology, kinesiology, or health-related field strongly preferred but not required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Qualifications:
-Proven, successful engagement history with African American communities in Milwaukee
-Understanding and knowledge of health disparities and community health needs
-Understanding of principles, practices, and techniques related to designing effective engagement strategies, intercultural communication, collaborative decision-making, consensus building and meeting facilitation
-Experience developing positive relationships with key community leaders, service providers, policy makers and other local stakeholders
-Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects, establish project boundaries and evaluate project success
-Proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects, thoughtfully prioritize work tasks and follow projects through to fruition
-Ability to work independently with communities and local health agencies
-Experience convening and facilitating collaborative teams
-Strong oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience working with aging adults/seniors
-Experience facilitating evidence-based behavior change programs in the community setting
-History of working on health-related research or evaluation with community organizations
-Experience working with researchers and funders
-Experience with project management and program evaluation

License or Certificate:

Valid Wisconsin Driver's License

Additional Information:

This position will be based in Milwaukee at the UW Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships - Regional Milwaukee Office at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Some travel required to Madison, WI. May require non-traditional work hours.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.



Work Type:

Part Time: 50%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 24 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $40,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To see the principal duties of this position, please click on the "List of Duties" link.

Please click "Apply Now" to start the application process. You will be required to submit a cover letter and resume for consideration. Your cover letter should highlight your experience and skills as they relate to the listed qualifications for maximum consideration.

This application will also require submission of three professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:


  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).

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