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Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media, Event Planning, Program Coordination, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The MSAN Engagement Specialist will be housed within the MSAN Consortium, part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. MSAN, the Minority Student Achievement Network, is a national coalition of 26 multiracial school districts who engage in a common set of core practices to fulfill the group's mission: to understand and change school practices and structures that keep racial opportunity gaps in place. These core practices include: 1) engaging in collaborative research in which practitioners and researchers are equal partners in designing, conducting, and publishing research; 2) conducting training and professional development activities for district teachers and administrators relative to the MSAN mission; 3) supporting districts in engaging students as key equity leaders; and 4) disseminating results of Network activities among MSAN districts and the larger educational community. The Engagement Specialist will lead MSAN's communication and technical assistance efforts in order to meet the growing needs of the organization.

Organizational values:
MSAN has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice both as a goal and as a valuable means to create more racially just educational environments. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion. As part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we see diversity as a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. 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 research, outreach, teaching and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement at

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 Education, Counseling, Social Work, Communications, or a related field required. Master's preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

* A minimum of three years of experience in PreK-12 public education required. Substantial and relevant work experience outside of education will be considered.
* Demonstrated knowledge of effective practices related to racial equity, multicultural education, equity literacy, cultural competency, and/or equity-focused school leadership.
* Awareness of and proven examples of working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
* Experience with web-based technologies including Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word; G-Suite especially Forms, Docs, and Sheets. Experience producing and delivering online training including webinars and two-way video conferencing; experience with tech applications including, but not limited to, HTML, Constant Contact, Mail Chimp; and various social media platforms.
* Experience creating, developing, and revising materials and resources used to support the professional learning of educators.
* Experience collaborating, co-planning, and co-facilitating with other staff; ability to effectively communicate and problem-solve with colleagues and supervisors.
* Project lead experience preferred.
* Clear understanding of and appreciation for the mission of MSAN.
Required Skills/Dispositions the successful candidate must possess:
* Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
* Excellent organizational skills; ability to organize and deliver information to suit the needs of diverse audiences; ability to work independently and manage workload to meet outside deadlines and expectations.
* Strong communications skills; comfortable communicating across written, in-person, and digital platforms, as well as public speaking.
* Ability to multitask and prioritize effectively; to be flexible and adaptable to change; to work collaboratively in a team environment.
* Respect for diverse constituents including teachers, students, and administrators; university-based researchers and staff; and community partners.

Additional Information:

Overnight travel required.
Experience with fundraising efforts as working with other MSAN, WCER, and School of Education staff to oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources, highly desirable but not required.
A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered, with title and salary dependent on qualifications.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Madeline Hafner, current resume and a reference list with the contact information of at least three professional references. Please include your current or most recent supervisor.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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