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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 260636-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Evaluation & Program Development Specialist provides research and implementation support for the development and evaluation of Extension programs within the Agriculture and Natural Resources Institutes. The primary purpose of this position is to
-Support program development efforts, design and conduct evaluations, analyze and interpret evaluation data, and visualize and share evaluation results and recommendations
-Teach and provide professional development on those topics.
-This position works closely with other evaluators, specialists, Institute Directors and Program Managers.

The position will support development of individual and program-level plans of work; provide professional development for colleagues on evaluation and program development; develop and conduct program evaluations; provide leadership for development of overall organizational program development and evaluation priorities and methodologies; and support related cross-organizational data analysis and evaluation initiatives.

The position is part of the Office of the Associate Dean for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Development within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension and will join a dedicated team of evaluation and program development specialists. Extension offers timely access to university research and knowledge through educators and specialists in 72 county offices, on five 4-year campuses and within three tribal nations.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills to foster a collegial working environment.

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and also as a valuable means for transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Responsibilities: Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research.
  • 10% Collects and analyzes increasingly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 20% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 20% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
  • 20% Develops and implements increasingly complex research methodologies, procedures, and criteria
  • 15% Reviews and edits protocols to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency
  • 15% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
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


Master's Degree
with degree focus and/or course work related to the responsibilities of this position such as program development, evaluation, education, survey and/or social science research methods, etc.


-Experience developing evaluation plans
-Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments
-Experience developing evaluation summaries, briefs, and reports including data visualization
-Demonstrated success in data analysis
-Demonstrated ability to present data and findings effectively, i.e., orally, in writing and visually/graphically
-Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
-Evidence of effectively working independently and in a team environment.
-Ability to interact and work with a range of individuals with a high-level of professionalism, flexibility, judgment, and tact.

-Experience evaluating programs in agriculture and natural resources content areas
-Experience in outreach education and program development
-Familiarity with Extension and land-grant university programs
-Grant writing experience

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a remote work policy that offers the potential for remote or hybrid work. More about that policy within the Division of Extension can be found here:

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.

We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.


Patrick Robinson
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:

Researcher II(RE041)



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:

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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