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Multicultural Initiatives Specialist


Minimum $47,850 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
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. Benefits information can be found at ( ).
SMPH Academic Staff Benefits flyer: ( )

Job Summary:

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Health Professions Learners (OMA-HPL) provides academic support for students historically underrepresented in medical professions and creates an inclusive learning environment that fosters academic success for all students. The OMA-HPL promotes student success while also leading the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison (UW-SMPH) outreach initiatives to increase the number of underrepresented students entering the health professions.

The Multicultural Initiatives Specialist will assist the Pathways Manager in the development of pathways programs and outreach initiatives that support the mission of the Health. This position will directly support the OMA-HPL pathways programs as well as OMA outreach programs for pre-college and undergraduate students. The position will collaborate with undergraduate programs, pre-medical organizations, student advisors, University of Wisconsin System schools, and health profession programs at the UW-SMPH.

Responsibilities: Advises multicultural student organizations and student leadership and affiliates, develops and executes programming, and serves on institutional committees to support multicultural students and their allies.
  • 30% Provides consultation, resources, and referrals concerning multicultural affairs to various audiences
  • 20% Assists organizations in developing and implementing sustainable leadership practices; and navigating established policies, procedures, and resource management strategies
  • 20% Schedules logistics and secures resources for academic, cultural and social programs and events that contribute to the recruitment and retention of multicultural students and the enrichment of the institutional community
  • 10% Serves as liaison to various committees regarding initiatives and best practices
  • 10% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program by delivering outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 10% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials by developing and evaluating curriculum and programs to provide recommendations for improvement
  • Assist with planning and delivering outreach program activities, strengthen partnerships, ensure adherence to policy, and assist with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the OMA-HPL and their partners.
  • Support the planning, execution, and evaluation of the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program and the Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP).
  • Coordinate multicultural outreach and recruitment efforts for OMA-HPL. Responsible for the completion of program administrative tasks and general communication; including creating and updating marketing materials, and other communication sources.
  • Assist Pathways Manager in the development, implementation, and promotion of pathway programs and activities (public and private tours, classes, programs, workshops, and exhibits)
  • Maintain relationships with UW-Madison departments, strategic peer institutions, and organizations that support the outreach, recruitment, and retention of multicultural students.
  • Conduct webinars, information sessions, and school visits attend college fairs, and participate in other activities that support enrollment for prospective students and their families, school counselors, and others.
  • Keep accurate, complete, and timely program records to contribute to federal, state, and University reporting requirements.
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


- A minimum of 2 years of previous relevant professional experience
- Experience in student outreach, pathways programs, or student support
- Experience building and maintaining relationships with external partners
- Experience supporting, planning, or coordinating student programming
- Highly organized, thorough, detail-oriented work style, with strong time and task management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, Excel)

- Experience working in a higher education institution, medical school, or health system
- Experience planning and coordination of large meetings, conferences, seminars, and/or similar events

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:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications and experience. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Beth Miller
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Multictl Initiatives Spec(AE056)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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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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).

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