Job no: 236672-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Event Planning, Program Coordination, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Project Management

Position Summary:

COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. Based at the UW-Madison, COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all.

ProGov21, a project of COWS, is a digital library of high-road innovations in local government policy and practice, and assists in their communication and effective implementation. It includes guides to the many different policy/practice areas such governments routinely engage in. It is principally sourced in content by donations from interested public-interest groups.

EPIC-N (Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network) is a COWS-supported but independent 501(c)(3) network of 70+ university programs using the EPIC Model of university-community engagement, which uses course-based student work to improve a community's key progress on the UN SDGs.

The occupant of this position would work with the COWS Director to improve the quality and reach of both efforts and help integrate them with other COWS activity.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, Non-Profit Management, or other social science subjects is preferred. Applicants with relevant professional backgrounds but different degrees will be considered.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required skills:
a) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
b) Proficiency with varied social media platforms.
c) Proficiency with visual representation of data and visual design.

Preferred but not required experience and knowledge:
a) Knowledge of high-road development and UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), especially as applied to urban areas.
b) Demonstrated ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences (expert to lay) in different institutional and organizational settings (civic, government, NGO, etc.).
c) Experience in project management in position area.
d) Experience in start-up organizational planning and development.
e) Experience applying high-road strategy and/or the UN SDGs in real places.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $45,643 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Jay Ferm,

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best-qualified applicants. Thus your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Jay Ferm
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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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.

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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.

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Applications Open: Jul 19 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Aug 9 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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