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OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 273829-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Department:EDUC/WCER
Location: Madison
Categories: Engagement and Outreach

Job Summary:

The Actionable Assessment project seeks a science education outreach specialist to join a team investigating how to make middle school science assessment more meaningful for students. The outreach specialist will serve a key role on the project, developing educational materials for the project, setting up and coordinating research activities with school districts and teachers, facilitating training for teachers and district staff, and supporting implementation of an innovative middle school science assessment system in classrooms. This is a four-year grant-funded position.

The Teaming Up for Equity in Science: Supporting NGSS Three-dimensional Learning and Achievement through Actionable Assessment project will examine the use of the ONPAR NGSS-based assessment system to leverage data to inform teaching and learning and conduct a randomized controlled trial to assess its effectiveness. The project will refine and validate ONPAR materials to meet the needs of users, increase teacher efficacy for NGSS assessment and data-driven instruction through professional development, improve outcomes for high-need middle school science learners, particularly ELs and students who struggle with reading, and build capacity for sustaining and expanding the use of the ONPAR assessment system. More information on the project can be found at http://iiassessment.wceruw.org/.

Responsibilities: Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.
  • 10% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
  • 15% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
  • 25% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 20% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • 15% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 5% Develops and evaluates training materials and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 10% Follows research procedures and supports data collection and analysis
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

Education:

Required
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree in education or related field is preferred.

Qualifications:

Experience working in K-12 science education in schools and school districts, experience designing and leading professional development, experience supporting research activities, familiarity with research protocols and procedures, excellent communication skills and organizational skills.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal appointment through 12/31/2026
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

Salary:

Minimum $53,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

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.

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 addressed to Laura Wright.
- A current resume or CV.
- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information.

Contact:

Becky Ohan
bsohan@wisc.edu
608-262-5158
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.



Official Title:

Outreach Specialist(OE009)

Department(s):

A177500-SCHOOL OF EDUCATION/WCER

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:

273829-AS

  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. 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: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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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