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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: 266378-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Wisconsin
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The UW-Madison Division of Extension's Discovery Farms Program is considered a national leader in addressing farmers' and crop advisors' desire to understand and evaluate the water quality impacts of their cropping systems and make necessary adjustments. For over twenty years it has designed and conducted on-farm research to quantify the water quality impacts of Wisconsin's diverse agricultural production systems.

Increased capacity for water quality outreach created in the Division of Extension have elevated the need for Discovery Farms to strategically expand research to drive outreach and education relevant to Wisconsin farmers and conservation stakeholders. The newly-created Research Program Manager position will lead this strategic effort in coordination with key internal colleagues and with industry partners.

Qualified candidates must be strategic thinkers with strong leadership, project management and communication skills. This position will design, develop, and coordinate on-farm research and demonstration projects. The work associated with this position will be dynamic, fast paced and complex.

Discovery Farms is embedded within the Agriculture Water Quality Program to ensure complementary research and outreach in service of mutual audiences and stakeholders. The Research Program Manager will work collaboratively with leadership and staff, both within Discovery Farms and in the Ag Water Program to accomplish the purpose of the position.

The Research Program Manager will supervise Discovery Farms staff and will collaborate internally and externally on grant development, fiscal management, stakeholder relationships and reporting of UW Discovery Farms project outcomes. Additional information about current and historic Discovery Farms research projects can be found at: 

Responsibilities: Plans and leads operational, outreach, and promotional activities of a research program and serves as a subject matter expert.
  • 20% Plans and directs the day-to-day operational activities of one or multiple research programs or units according to established research objectives in alignment with strategic plans and initiatives
  • 10% Assists in the development, coordination, and facilitation of trainings and workshops for internal and external audiences to disseminate research program developments and information
  • 10% Plans, develops, and implements processes and protocols to support research aims
  • 5% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 20% Serves as a unit liaison and subject matter expert among internal and external stakeholder groups, collaborates across disciplines and functional areas, provides program information, and promotes the accomplishments and developments of scholars and research initiatives
  • 10% Monitors program budget(s) and approves unit expenditures
  • 15% Develops policies, procedures, and institutional agreements on behalf of the program
  • 10% Determine future research needs, develop, implement and coordinate on-farm monitoring projects
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 in a field related to the focus of the position

PhD or other terminal degree in a field related to the focus of the position


- Experience directing research programs and/or designing field experiments, including utilizing research equipment
- Professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting
- Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by written and oral communications and experience with conflict management
- Ability to work in a highly visible public sector environment
- Demonstrated computer literacy adequate to analyze data and develop presentation graphics, visuals and supporting materials
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

- Professional level experience with research equipment
- Previous experience and success with grant writing to fund projects
- Experience communicating with and facilitating discussions with multiple stakeholders, including advocacy groups, academic peers, partner agencies, and others
- Supervisory and/or management experience, including mentoring, goal setting and administrative functions

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 $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
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 (

Additional Information:

- The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end and 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, equity and inclusion.
- 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:
- Work location for this position is flexible based on applicant needs.

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.


Amber Radatz 
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Research Program Manager (B)(RE087)



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).

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