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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 225136-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Event Planning, Program Coordination, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The La Follette School is highly ranked among graduate degree public policy programs and enjoys a worldwide reputation for research and teaching. Its outreach activities - conferences, symposia, classes, seminars, and programs - bring together policy professionals, academics, students, and government leaders - all under the auspices of the Wisconsin Idea.

The Public Affairs Outreach Specialist will assist with planning and implementing outreach activities, including, but not limited to: virtual events, public conferences on high-interest policy topics, public and academic research events, alumni engagement, legislative trainings, symposia, seminars, and partnerships with nonpartisan organizations and campus partners; and by coordinating event logistics such as virtual platforms and facilitation, venue reservations, catering, registration, signage, handouts, and other details.

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 required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

At least one year of experience in event planning and promotion.

Required Skills:
- Experience planning and promoting events
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with diverse audiences
- Ability to maintain a nonpartisan perspective at all times
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently, handle multiple priorities, demonstrate effective time-management and organizational skills, and proactively problem-solve
- Ability to work collaboratively with other La Follette School staff members and campus partners
- Computer literacy with knowledge of a wide range of software, specifically Microsoft Office applications

Preferred Skills:
- Experience planning and promoting virtual events
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate outreach programs
- Experience working with or for policymakers
- Experience working with faculty
- Research and data analysis skills; including program evaluation skills



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $40,213 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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

Successful candidate may be hire to Associate Outreach Specialist, Outreach Specialist, or Senior Outreach Specialist, dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions about the position, please contact: Megan Stritchko,

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. Please note that references will not be contacted without advance notice to applicant.

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


Megan Stritchko
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.

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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 Fall 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).

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