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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Adult & Continuing Education Programs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
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Full Time
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Job no: 239400-LI
Work type: Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Management/Supervisory, Dean, Director, Executive, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Instructional Design, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Position Summary:

The Continuing Education Program Director will lead the non-credit programming unit at UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), led by its dean and vice provost for lifelong learning. Following a significant reshaping in 2020, the noncredit unit develops programs that are responsive and adaptive to educational needs and interests of scalable lifelong learner audiences, per market research and external inputs. Special emphasis is placed on outreach to residents of the state in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea ethos of extending benefits of Wisconsin?s flagship, land grant institution to every household.

The director will report to the DCS Associate Dean for Professional Programming, an area with a successful record of developing professional degrees and certificates. With guidance from the Associate Dean, the director will employ a start-up approach to building a sustainable model for noncredit offerings, combining social value creation, in the form of relevant and impactful educational experiences, with economic viability, indicated by participating lifelong learners.

To aid this endeavor, the Director will also collaborate with various stakeholders both on and off campus to design and implement advisory boards composed of state industry and cross-sector leaders to gain insights on program decisions.

The successful leader of the non-credit unit will contribute to the DCS commitment to excellence in teaching and educational attainment, per the chancellor's strategic framework and the provost's academic priorities. The unit is well poised to factor significantly in the DCS dean's overarching priorities of growing the number of lifelong learners, increasing access among populations facing barriers, and providing pathways for continuous engagement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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:

Bachelor's Degree Required. Master's Degree Preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- 5 years of experience in one or more of the following aspects of continuing education programming preferably in higher education, corporate training or educational platform providers: program development, design, and operations management.
- 3 years of experience working with online programs for adult student audiences
- 3 years of experience working with infrastructure (policies, practices, and systems for marketing, registration, evaluation, student learning management, etc.) supporting credit or non-credit programming
- Experience in managing an organization or a significant element of an organization including oversight of personnel and responsibility for meeting financial metrics, including experience working with program revenue budgets
- Experience developing and managing budgets; Knowledge of marketing and promotion, cost benefit analysis/margin/ROI

- Successful experience leading, participating in, and managing cross-functional teams that are goal-oriented and results focused
- Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and a rapidly changing landscape
- Demonstrated ability to grow programs and meet revenue requirements
- Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning and implementation
- Experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships with stakeholders, academic departments, partners, clients, content experts, etc.
- Knowledge of professional development and/or continuing education programs and events such as conferences, courses, certificates, and custom training
- Skills and imagination to facilitate responsible change
- Deep understanding of the adult learner



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

At current state, the Division of Continuing Studies is working 100% remotely. We will operate in a hybrid model beginning in Fall 2021. This position is eligible for any of the following: 100% remote work; partial remote-work; or fully on-site. Remote work requires successful candidates to possess their own high-speed internet to perform the work on an employer provided computer and on occasion to report to campus for meetings, training, or other activities.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $98,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional/supervisor references as a part of the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice. Please ensure your resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.


Taylor Zeilinger
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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:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

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 .

Applications Open: Aug 19 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 16 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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