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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: 276384-LI
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Corporate and Foundation Relations

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), this position serves as the Executive Director for the Kohl's Center for Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies. This position will also serve as the chief officer of the new Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) and will collaborate with the Council of OSP (consisting of SoHE Career Director and various Center/program directors) and department chairs to support student career development and the undergraduate student experience. Building upon the Kohl's Center's successful track record of partnering with organizations in support of student career development, the candidate will build new and expand existing relationships between SoHE and private-sector companies, non-profit, government, healthcare, and other industry sectors locally, regionally and nationally which align with SoHE's mission and values.

This position will set strategic directions for business and industry engagement to facilitate students' experiential learning opportunities and career development, classroom teaching/capstone projects, curricular input and faculty research mission. The successful candidate will be expected to generate revenues via annual sponsorships, advisory board membership, philanthropic gifts, and/or faculty-driven sponsored projects to support student learning; sign up, renew, and manage all industry partner relationships formally and/or informally. The successful candidate will also be committed to the ecology of human-centric business engagement that prioritizes improving the well-being of consumers, families, and communities in society. This position is a member of the Department of Consumer Sciences.

Responsibilities: Determines the strategic direction of the unit, personally cultivates and maintains relationships with business and industry partners; and is accountable for all unit programmatic, fiscal, and personnel related matters to align with corporate and foundation-related institutional strategic goals.
  • 10% Directs the development of large scale and high-profile strategic planning initiatives and objectives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources and alignment with the strategic plan
  • 5% Develops operating policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and objectives
  • 25% Directs the implementation of participation in campaign and engagement efforts
  • 25% Serves as a liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the institution in the cultivation of industry and business partner relationships
  • 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
  • 5% Develops and oversees the budget
  • 15% Lead and collaborate with the Council of Office Strategic Partnerships; build relationships with internal stakeholders and campus partners.
  • 5% Participate in and contribute to leadership team meetings, Consumer Science Department/school meetings; serves on committees as assigned by the dean.
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

Master's Degree


Minimum Qualifications:
- 7+ years of experience in a leadership position in a consumer business environment and/or related industries.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Strategic planning experience for a business operation and actively participated in its management.
- Proven capability as a primary liaison interacting with corporate executive officers and other senior corporate leaders.
- Proven experience collaborating on a business plan for a large-scale operation including, but not limited to, branding, e-commerce, staffing, merchandising and community relations.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Primarily onsite with some flexibility, traveling required

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)
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.

Additional Information:

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 2,000 students, and 100 graduate students. See 
Kohl's Center for Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies The mission of the Kohl's Center for CBMS, is to create a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, their partners and the world class faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Center was launched in 2007 with goals to become a first choice major for students interested in pursuing a career in the retailing and consumer sector and to grow the number of majors. Today, the major has grown to be one of the fastest growing majors on campus, and the Center also enjoys its reputation as one of the top programs nationally. The Kohl's Center partners closely with the National Retail Federation and has consistently had the largest group of students attend the NRF Student Show in New York each January. The Kohl's Center also works closely with the YMA/Fashion Scholarship Fund, and the Center's students has for the past 10 years prior to COVID had more individual winners than any of the over 130 universities that have participated. Kohl's Department Stores is the naming partner, and the Endowment from Kohl's along with the annual gift represent close to 75% of the Center's Budget. Additionally, the Center receives annual gifts from several retail partners. The Center is building funding to ensure the opportunities are available to all of our students and in particular seeking to better engage our students from underrepresented backgrounds. For more information, see 

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See 

How to Apply:

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To apply for this position you will need to upload a resume and cover letter that addresses (1) why you are interested in this position, (2 how your strengths, skills and experience matches the duties and the qualifications of the position, and (3) your leadership experiences, qualifications, and styles. Applicants will also be asked to provide contact information for three professional references, including a current supervisor, who can speak to their abilities as pertains to this position. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

Please submit inquiries and nominations to Nancy Wong, Committee Chair (

The anticipated start date is listed at 7/1/2023. This date reflected the earliest date the position could start. It is possible the position could start later than 7/1/2023.


Nancy Andrews
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Bus Eng Dir (C)(AV031)



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  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.

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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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