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Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research


Minimum $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The typical starting salary for this position is $80,000 - $100,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is $80,000 to $130,300. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays and paid time off; competitive insurances and saving accounts; and retirement benefits.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the L&S Associate Dean for Research, you will join the newly created Collective for Research Impact and Social Partnerships (CRISP) in the College of Letters and Science, an outward-looking team of collaborative, creative professionals working to enhance the impact of the College research on industry, security, policy, and communities' well-being. In this position, you will work with community partners, non-profits, government officials, faculty, and academic staff to develop research projects with impact on the community, effectively executing the job of a matchmaker. You will work with campus resources and outreach offices, the College, and others to identify partners, find venues to generate funding and infrastructure, and support projects as needed. Works independently, with the Associate Dean for Research, and with Campus resources to create successful projects and partnerships.

Success in this role will be measured through quantitative outcomes, such as the creation of new partnerships and completed successful projects; and qualitative outcomes, such as internal and external partner satisfaction, in line with the role's overarching aim to create long-term, sustainable partnerships between the College and the community. After an extended onboarding period of 3-6 months, you will enjoy the greater workplace flexibility that comes with greater familiarity in the role. Lastly, the College of Letters and Science believes in the importance and value of fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our working environment and across our campus and the community.

Responsibilities: Assists in the development, supervision, and delivery of quality outreach programs. Maintains strategic partnerships to support growth and execution of programs. Promotes stable and productive relationships between the university and community. Supervises and trains staff.
  • 20% Directs long-range and short-term strategic plans and initiatives to further the growth of the outreach program
  • 10% Develops organizational and operational policies and procedures and monitors performance to ensure alignment with strategic objectives
  • 5% 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
  • 40% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit
  • 5% Assists with developing and monitoring the budget
  • 5% Works with the leadership of the College to identify alignments between community partner's interests and research groups in the College
  • 5% Holds meetings and events with faculty, staff, and students to raise the awareness of research groups and promote community collaboration
  • 5% Identifies and cultivates a robust pipeline of target partners to align with college and University goals, and continuously evaluates potential opportunities for engagement
  • 5% Facilitates productive meetings between partners and PIs

Program Development (75%)
  • Creates and directs faculty-focused programs, events, and efforts to foster community engaged research in the College.
  • Creates a "College map" of those who wish to work, or are currently working, on user-inspired community research.
  • Works with the Office of Community Relations, The Morgridge Center for Public Service, and other offices on campus to establish relationships with community partners, as required by the College user-inspired research.
  • Collaborates with faculty, academic staff and community partners to support interdisciplinary, community-based research programs by making connections between individuals, units, and community partners
  • Works with the Director of Foundation Relations and the L&S Associate Dean for Research to seek potential foundations as partners, when appropriate.
  • Is knowledgeable, understands campus resources and works with the L&S Associate Dean for Research to help active projects find the appropriate needed infrastructure to carry out the research.
  • Develops a list of potential resources for research projects, including graduate students who can be hired to help draft policy, potential project managers, etc.
  • Works with the College office of Research Services and the Business Office to streamline administrative processes needed for successful, community-based projects, following campus research policy.
  • Communicates with the Associate Director for Business Engagement, and the National Security Research Strategist to exchange ideas and best practices, and to find potential collaborations
Administration (25%)
  • Works with the College IT team to develop a partnership tracking database designed to facilitate community access to university expertise. Oversees the database.
  • Assists CRISP in the development of a website and other communications.
  • Plans and directs staff implementation of outreach events, programs, and other events, with the aim of maintaining fluid communication with community partners.
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


Required Qualifications:
- Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience that provides knowledge of social sector organizational and strategic work or equivalent, such as public policy, public-private partnerships, and/or creating infrastructure for development projects
- Demonstrated knowledge of community-based research and best practices in campus-community engagement
- Ability and interest in developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with professors, researchers, and university administration internally, as well as community leaders, non-profit representatives and government partners
- Demonstrated self-directed project planning and execution skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and comfort with speaking publicly in small-to-medium-sized forums
- A record of success as an innovative and curious thinker with a solution-based focus
- Ability to think and act strategically, and deliver results without having direct authority over entities and individuals who share responsibility for these activities and who must be partners in these efforts in order to achieve successful results. This position helps facilitate the success of others, and thereby, the success of the college, university, state, community, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Awareness of faculty perspectives and landscape of faculty reward in academia, including Tenure & Promotion.
- Understanding of the power dynamics of community engagement.
- Capacity to identify and experience working with socially engaged faculty.
- An educational or applied background in one or more of the following areas: federal policy, strategic outreach, cross-sector social impact work and project development, or other areas related to social sector organizational and strategic work.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to review the College of Letters and Science general and research website , to better understand the role of CRISP in the College.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter and resume. References will be requested of finalists and 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 for the position.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in virtual interviews. Those moving on to second round interviews will be invited to an in-person interview at UW-Madison.

For questions on the position, contact Stella Luong, .


Stella Luong
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Outreach Prog Assoc Dir(OE004)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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