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Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The UW Center for Cooperatives is seeking a full-time researcher to support the Cooperative Governance Research Initiative (CGRI), the first longitudinal, cross-sectoral, mixed-methods study on the governance practices of U.S. cooperatives. The first CGRI survey, conducted in late-2021, yielded enthusiastic responses from 500 cooperatives, capturing substantial diversity in terms of industry, type, size, age, and location, and creating a baseline for the range and frequency of cooperative governance practices. Targeted follow-up interviews generated additional insights. In this position, the researcher will manage the CGRI dataset; conduct further analysis of the 2021 data; work with the Executive Director to develop research briefs, reports, and other evidence-based tools; and manage the second wave of data collection in early 2024. The researcher will be integral to developing and advancing UWCC's research agenda and integrating UWCC's research, outreach, education, and development programs.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) is a trusted and unbiased voice on the cooperative business model serving the needs of cooperatives in Wisconsin and beyond. With a strong public service orientation and access to world-class university resources, we leverage research, education, and outreach capabilities to foster critical thinking and understanding about cooperatives. As the only U.S. university-based center that studies and supports all forms of cooperative business, UWCC provides valued education and research to a diverse range of communities.

UWCC is a part of the Division of Extension Community Development Institute (CDI). CDI provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.


Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research.
  • 35% Collects and analyzes increasingly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 30% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 5% Develops and implements increasingly complex research methodologies, procedures, and criteria
  • 5% Reviews and edits protocols to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency
  • 5% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
  • 20% Reviews and evaluates results
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
in sociology, business, economics, political science, organizational development, behavioral sciences, community development, or equivalents

PhD or other terminal degree
in sociology, business, economics, political science, organizational development, behavioral sciences, community development, or equivalents


- At least two years of experience with survey-based or mixed methods research
- Strong data analysis skills and attention to detail
- Experience with statistical software Stata
- Experience with office productivity tools, such as Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills that contribute to positive and productive workplace relationships and effective partnerships

- Experience with survey software Qualtrics
- Grant writing experience
- Knowledge of cooperatives
- Knowledge of corporate governance

Work Type:

Full Time: 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:


Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.


Courtney Berner
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Researcher II(RE041)



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.

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:

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: Nov 29 2022 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Dec 27 2022 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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