University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jobs at UW

University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 100936-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Research, Scientific

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 Mayors Innovation Project, one of COWS' main projects, is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This position will focus on two areas of COWS work: the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), and our workforce development initiative. This position will report to the Director of COWS and the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project on a day to day basis.

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 in public policy, political science, urban planning, non-profit management, or other social science subjects. Applicants with relevant professional experience and different degrees will be considered.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Two years of professional experience required in either public policy or management, city government, or nonprofit advocacy.

Skills and experience should include:

1. Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly on policy topics for a diverse range of audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, funders, community and environmental groups, public and private sector leaders.
2. Demonstrated project management skills, including some or all of the following: developing and monitoring workplans for long-term projects; scheduling and facilitating meetings of project workgroups; planning and running conference calls and webinars.
3. Experience developing and maintaining relationships with staff and leaders in non-profit organizations and/or local governments.
4. Capacity to learn areas of policy quickly and to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and in a variety of formats.

Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
1. Experience fundraising through sponsorships or grant writing.
2. Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
3. Experience in policy research and analysis.
4. Knowledge of local policy and/or local government operations.
5. Familiarity with one or more specific policy issues from this list: public water solutions, climate and energy issues, health equity, municipal finance, workforce development, or civil and human rights policy.



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 an Associate Outreach Specialist, Outreach Specialist or Senior Outreach Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

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

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least 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

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:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

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.

Applications Open: Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Central Standard Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More

Work type