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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: 273284-AS
Work type: Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Analysis and Reporting

Job Summary:

The WIDA State Relations Specialist position is located within the Consortium and State Relations department and will report to the Assistant Director of State Relations. This position will be responsible for providing support to state educational agencies through policy consultation and technical assistance. In addition, this position will research and formulate growth development strategies related to the standards and assessment of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the context of state and federal policies.

Working fully remote is an option for this position within the US (working remotely internationally is not an option). Requests to work remotely would need to be reviewed based on the UW and School of Education (SoE) remote work policies and go through the SoE implementation process. To learn more about these policies, visit

WIDA is committed to challenging linguistic discrimination, cultural biases, and racism in education. WIDA values linguistic and cultural diversity both as an end and a means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates who champion social justice as a core value.

Responsibilities: Provides management information, data analyses, and policy reports to inform strategic planning, decision-making, and resource allocation for a unit. Provides advice and performance management support for unit leadership.
  • 20% Tracks sources of information relevant to policy development affecting the higher education sector
  • 10% Designs and develops policy analyses and briefing papers for unit leadership
  • 20% Reviews, monitors, and evaluates policies and data analyses to present as evidence-based support for unit bids, applications, and decision-making
  • 5% Works with business intelligence/analyst function in computing services to develop data visualization and business intelligence capability
  • 10% Provides project support for, and further enhancement of, unit initiatives
  • 15% Assists in establishing guidelines and procedures to ensure adequacy, quality, and reliability of information sources
  • 10% Serves as a point of contact and subject matter expert among internal and external stakeholder groups
  • 10% Maintains internal and external partnerships to build relationships and represent the interests of the unit, serving as lead on identified subcommittees
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
Master's degree required in Education, Public Policy, or related field.


- Minimum 3 years of experience working in a State Education Agency (SEA).
- Knowledge of Federal and State policies and compliance standards for pre-K-12 systems, specifically related to assessments and accommodations.
- Familiarity with the US Department of Education Title I and III guidelines.
- Experience researching, preparing, and implementing development plans for new products or services.
- Understanding of the characteristics and needs of major education audiences including teachers, state education officials, local education officials, and Federal-level education policymakers.
- Experience conducting research into educational funding options, including grants and other non-governmental sources.
- Experience conducting research to prepare policy briefs, papers and/or long reports.
- Experience in data analysis and reporting.
- The value of promoting and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A willingness to engage in and deepen knowledge of WIDA's Social Justice Value.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

Additional Information:

What is WIDA? For nearly 20 years, WIDA has provided a trusted, comprehensive approach to supporting, teaching, and assessing multilingual learners. We are an educational services organization that advances language development and academic achievement for multilingual children in early childhood and grades K-12. In short, we provide educators around the world with high-quality language standards, assessments, professional learning, and research. We are proud to be a part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW-Madison's nationally ranked School of Education. Visit and watch our Introduction to WIDA video to see why WIDA is an incredible place to work!

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.

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.

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

How to Apply:

Our center is conscious of inequities in the field of education and how these disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society- including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) individuals, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people. We firmly believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized groups.

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit:

- A cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position.
- A current resume or CV.
- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.


Kelly Krahenbuhl
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Policy and Planning Analyst I(AD018)



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.

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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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