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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: 267220-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Continuing Education

Job Summary:

The Local Government Law Educator is an integral part of the UW-Madison Division of Extension and works alongside the people of Wisconsin to improve lives and communities. Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

Our educators deliver education where people live and work on farms, in schools and communities. Extension educators also work with civic groups and local governments, write newspaper columns, conduct radio and TV programs, facilitate meetings and build coalitions to solve community problems. This is done through assessment of local, regional and statewide needs in the area of the position's programmatic emphasis and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs.

This position is a part of the Division of Extension Community Development Institute (CDI). CDI provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.

This dynamic position's emphasis is local government law education, and the program areas include:
- Local Government Education (LGE) Programs - This includes fact sheets, research, presentations, and LGE website update information.
- 2021 LGE Webinar Programming development and implementation
- Board of Review - Annual updates and video production

The ideal candidate is adept at using their law education experience while building and maintaining trust-based relationships, engaging stakeholders and applying an equity lens towards transforming lives and communities.

Responsibilities: Provides classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction associated with a single course or series of courses within an academic discipline, assists with the design and execution of administrative functions associated with academic instruction and the development of pedagogy/andragogy or assessment tools and resources to support quality study earning. Provides instruction in formats such as classroom, online, and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Limited to non-credit instruction.
  • 20% Assists in developing techniques and/or model programs for carrying out instructional goals in disciplinary area and may help identify ways in which new techniques could be of assistance
  • 20% Assesses learner performance and prepares reports recommending instructional improvements
  • 20% Develops teaching techniques that enhance course effectiveness in alignment with desired outcomes and established strategy
  • 15% Provides classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction including grading
  • 5% Assists in defining the objectives of the program and play a major role in carrying out program duties
  • 20% Handling legal related questions communicated into the office
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


Terminal Degree
Law degree


- Membership in the Wisconsin Bar, or ability to be licensed to practice law in WI within 12 months of hire
- At least 5 years of relevant local government legal experience in local government operations;
- Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills that contribute to positive and productive workplace relationships and effective partnerships;
- Demonstrated use of problem-solving skills to successfully address complex issues;
- Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology;
- Ability to effectively work 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
- Experience managing multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality work;

- 10 years legal experience working with or for WI local governments
- Demonstrated skill in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
- Bilingual, especially with proficiency in both English and Spanish;
- Understanding of the cultural, social and political history, issues and dynamics of Native American Tribal Nations;
- Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for diverse audiences utilizing a variety of educational techniques, methods, and modes; and
- Demonstrated experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments.


Law Degree-pass the bar exam

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 $90,000 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:
- Must be able to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions.
- Must be able to work evenings or weekends as needed to meet position 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.


Karl Green
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Prof of Practice (Non-Credit)(TL059)



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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