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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: 266465-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Accounting, Financial Operations, and Reporting, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contract Administration (Multi-functional)

Job Summary:

The person in this position will be a trusted leader in multiple areas: As a business leader they will implement and monitor the use of approved policies and procedures, audit programs and center budget, and approve unit expenditures. As a talent leader they will lead a team of accountants, procurement, and financial specialists to interpret policy, implement business processes, and support the financial health of sponsored projects, and address challenges within an education research environment. As a strategic leader they will support the planning, implementation, and management of strategic initiatives for the center's financial functions such as budget preparation, financial reporting, assisting in creating a mixed portfolio for projects, business consulting, contracts negotiation, and procurement support. This position will report to WCER's Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The successful candidate will have a continuous improvement mindset; will be committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion in WCER; and must possess the ability to effectively interact and communicate strategically with employees, principal investigators, and administrative leadership. The position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills, and the ability to work under pressure to meet multiple demands while maintaining high service standards. All work is done in a collaborative team environment in support of WCER's values and strategic goals.

Responsibilities: Leads and directs the operations of a research administration functional area by establishing strategic priorities, interpreting policies, and reviewing business processes related to life cycle award management (proposal preparation through closeout).
  • 15% Directs service-oriented training and outreach to communicate and implement policies and procedures pertaining to research administration operations within a unit
  • 15% Authorizes activities related to proposal submission, contract negotiation, and/or award setup on behalf of the institution or unit
  • 10% Approves processes or activities related to financial compliance, audit, or reporting on behalf of the institution or unit
  • 10% Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes project objectives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and/or staffing resources, and alignment with the strategic plan
  • 10% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit
  • 10% Develops and monitors the unit budget
  • 15% 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
  • 10% Directs the negotiation, prioritization, and logistics of procurement efforts, including Academic Support Services Orders an Agreements (ASSA) and contracts, across projects and within the unit
  • 5% Assists in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, creative, and sustainable education research fee-for-service projects and initiatives
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


Bachelor's Degree in finance, accounting, or related field.

Master's Degree or advanced credentials preferred.


- Minimum of five (5) years of experience in financial leadership with experience, preferably working at a higher education institution. Demonstrated history of and/or commitment to promoting social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in procedures, processes and workplace culture.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Ability to strategically position the Wisconsin Center for Education Research for continued financial success and growth.
- Significant knowledge and ability to apply financial, administrative, and business theory, University policy and best practices to create a financial stable and sustainable environment for education research that supports the growth and development of faculty, staff, and students.
- Demonstrated knowledge of long-range financial planning, revenue generation and allocation of resources for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
- Robust understanding of sponsored funding and comprehensive knowledge of accounting, financial systems software and analytics.
- Knowledge of fiscal policies and experience advising on development of processes in support of efficiency and compliance.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively manage several projects simultaneously.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to contribute effectively to a workgroup.
- Positive, helpful, customer service-oriented approach to working with faculty, staff, students, job candidates, and other stakeholders across the school, the university, and outside the UW System.
- Demonstrated success as a supervisor able to motivate, support, and retain a team to create a positive work environment focused on customer service and excellence.
- Proactive and proficient ability to diagnose problems and identify appropriate solutions in a team environment.
- Ability to provide guidance and maintain confidentiality in sensitive, situations.
- Ability to provide leadership, collaborate on teams, and consult effectively and independently.
- Effectively share creative and innovative ideas to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of services to our employees and projects in WCER.

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%

Currently, employees at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) work in a hybrid environment, partially onsite and partially remote. The balance of face-to-face and remote work schedule for this position will be discussed at the time of hire. This role has more face-to-face responsibilities than remote ones.

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people.

WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research.

At WCER, all employees share five fundamental organization values to guide the purpose and quality of our work and interactions within ourselves and our outside stakeholders. The values that the work and people of WCER strive to uphold are:

- Innovation and Excellence. Continuous improvement is a driver for excellence. We innovate and improve in our work to advance education through leading research and development.
- Equitable Education. Equitable education is essential to a healthy society. We aim to reverse imbalances and injustices in education through our work.
- Affirming and Increasing Diversity. Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. We actively affirm and seek to increase such diversity in our center.
- Healthy Workplace. The well-being of our workplace enhances success for all. We commit to a workplace based on mutual respect and transparency.
- Partnering Across Differences. Diverse backgrounds and expertise improve the quality of our work. We collaborate across disciplines, methodologies, organizations, and communities to strengthen our research and development outcomes.

WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

WCER's Strategic Goals:
- Identify the knowledge, skills and awareness of positionality needed to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the center's daily operations
- Improve and expand the center's services equitably to students, academic and university staff, and faculty
- Use problem solving, experimentation, learning from diverse experiences, and efficient transfer of knowledge to achieve our mission
- Promote high-quality, community-connected local, state, national and international research on education
- Expand and diversify sources of funding for research

For more information and news about our center, please go to

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a cover letter addressed to Daniel Langer, a current resume, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references.


Mary Hegge
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

SPGC Dir (Multi-functional)(SC012)



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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