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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 267577-LI
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Department:EXT/SOUTH/AREA 22 AED
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Categories: Administrative Services

Job Summary:

This position will serve as the administrative leader across Kenosha and Racine Counties, which comprise Area 22.

The Area Extension Director (AED) provides leadership, direction, and support for UW-Madison Division of Extension educational programming in Area 22 by building high-performing office teams of Extension educators and county support staff, and fosters an environment that is inclusive, trusting, respectful, and collegial. The AED is responsible for managing the resources for Extension by overseeing the Extension county budgets, and state budget allocations.

A successful AED will require great cultural competency to work with diverse staff and clientele and have the political savvy required to work with urban counties to identify and assess new opportunities in programming, funding, and staffing.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the AED will support the work with county governments, municipalities, and partner organizations to ensure that the educational needs of local communities are met.

The AED serves as the direct supervisor for the programmatic Division of Extension staff in the Area, and provides leadership in staff development and partnerships. The AED ensures compliance with affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and civil rights laws, regulations and policies while carrying out the primary duties.

The principal duties of this AED position include partnership management; supervision and staff development; financial, risk and compliance management; and program coordination.

Partnership Management
- Develop and manage the relationships with partner organizations operating within and across the geographic boundaries of the area, such as county governments, municipalities, third-parties, other governmental agencies.
- Network and build relationships to identify potential employees, programming, and funding partners.
- Ensure that each county and tribe within the area is aware of their return on investment and understands the value of Extension programs.

Staff Development and Leadership
- Supervise, coach, and lead Division of Extension staff and county support staff, including annual performance reviews and professional development activities.
- Promote a diverse and inclusive environment within the local offices teams through hiring practices and promotion of an inclusive work environment. Support and encourage professional improvement of faculty and staff.
- Manage recruitments and hiring processes for new positions within the geographic area
- Proactively manage, and resolve workplace disputes amongst Division of Extension staff, county staff, and partners.
- Provide critical support roles for volunteer management in Extension educational programming

Financial, Risk and Compliance Management
- Develop and manage budgets for UW-Madison Division of Extensions Area 22 offices, including salary, fringe, travel, professional development, and county level budgets.
- Develop, steward, and manage contracts and agreements established between the Division of Extension and its partners, including four counties. Lead strategic efforts to diversify funding to support existing programs and to build the capacity to address emerging opportunities; strategies may include grants and contracts, cost-recovery practices, gifts and contributions, and other revenue alternatives
- Maintain regular communication with UW-Madison regarding risks and compliance
- Negotiate and implement annual county extension contracts between Division of Extensions programmatic objectives and counties in Area 22.

Program Coordination
- Provide overarching leadership, direction, and guidance to programs offered within the geographic area while ensuring the educational needs of the local communities are met.
- Identify issues of critical importance to the community; create opportunities for increased engagement between Extension and the community
- Ensure preparation of annual educational workplans and reports of activities and impacts for the public, county government and Division of Extension administration.
- Enhance the visibility of Extension programs and impacts through statewide public relations and communication strategies.
- Engage with program leadership to coordinate regional and statewide programming activities to achieve local programming goals as necessary

Responsibilities: Plans and provides direction for the administrative operations of a division or business unit(s) of the institution to advance program goals and objectives.
  • 15% Directs, implements, and monitors strategic planning initiatives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources
  • 10% Recommends, reviews, and directs personnel resource allocation to ensure appropriate utilization of resources
  • 10% Supervises managerial, professional, and support staff of the unit or division and facilitates unit staff developmental opportunities
  • 20% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit
  • 15% Develops and audits administrative operating reports, budgets, policies, and procedures to comply with regulations, institution policies, and business objectives
  • 10% 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% Provide overarching leadership, direction and guidance to programs offered within the geographic area
    while working with county-based educators and staff to continuously assess community needs that can
    be addressed through Extension programming
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



1. Two or more years of supervisory and/or management experience
2. Demonstrated supervisory and/or management abilities
3. Significant experience in coordinating, developing, or delivering community-based educational programs
4. Demonstrated experience resolving conflicts and disputes
5. Knowledge of budget management for a business, non-profit or governmental organization
6. Demonstrated success collaborating with partner organizations (e.g., government bodies, non-profits, corporate entities, municipalities, and tribal nations)
7. Demonstrated ability to communicate, direct, and lead effectively - orally, in writing, and through virtual communication technology (e.g. collaboration platforms, video conferencing, etc.)
8. Demonstrated experience working 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

1. Five or more years of supervisory and/or management experience
2. Experience managing a budget for a business, non-profit, or government organization
3. Experience with and/or knowledge of county governments
4. Experience generating additional revenue from new or existing sources of funding
5. Experience identifying and prioritizing educational programmatic opportunities
6. Experience building strategic relationships and/or partnerships
7. Knowledge of the legacy of Cooperative Extension, as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good

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:

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position.

Required Application Materials:
1. A current resume (or curriculum vitae)
2. A cover letter, not to be longer than 2 pages, should highlight your experience with supervising/managing others as well as highlighting your experience with the four principal duties of the position.
3. A list of references to include names, contact information, and organizational affiliation.

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.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Catherine Neiswender, Assistant Dean at 


Catherine Neiswender
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Administrative Director (B)(AD048)



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  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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