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Brown County Healthy Communities Coordinator

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

Minimum $53,506 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 ( ).

Job Summary:

UW-Madison's Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide, and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

About the Health & Well-Being Institute and FoodWIse program:
The Health & Well-Being Institute ( works to catalyze positive change in Wisconsin residents through evidence-based and community-engaged health promotion programs to improve health, build community capacity to identify and address health inequities, engage in collective action, and achieve greater health equity.

FoodWIse ( advances healthy eating habits, active lifestyles, and healthy community environments for families with limited incomes through nutrition education at the individual, community and systems levels. FoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) grants.

About the position:
The primary purpose of the Healthy Communities Coordinator position is to work in coordination and collaboration with local agencies, food systems partners, and community residents to plan, implement, and evaluate policy, systems, and environmental change interventions to increase healthy food access and physical activity opportunities for individuals with limited income. The position will facilitate and coordinate with key food systems stakeholders, partnerships, and collaborations that reduce silos, increase resident voice, and maximize the impact of this work. Additionally, this position will work closely with statewide colleagues on building healthy community initiatives, including complementary plans, collaborative training, and professional development opportunities, and aligned evaluation as appropriate. In Brown County, this position will focus on healthy food access in the areas of:
-Developing a county plan for equitable emergency food distribution during a public emergency
-Assessing food security and implementing related strategies in Brown County as part of the County Health Improvement Plan process
-Working with community organizations and agencies to collaboratively address food insecurity in Brown County

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements to eliminate disparities and expanding access for all. As Extension, we acknowledge the need for strategic and coordinated actions that help us form a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization ( As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Bilingual applicants must state their interest in applying for the bilingual title designation within their application (language skills will be evaluated during the interview process).

Responsibilities: Develops and delivers public health informational programs and materials using the tenets of public health to educate the public and other health professionals, promote the health of the population, and advocate for improved health resources and policies.
  • 20% Advocates for and disseminates health resources, policies, and safety information with educational materials and programs to appropriate entities to educate the public and health professionals
  • 10% Collects and analyzes data by conducting research to improve public health programs and services
  • 20% Develops materials, resources, and policies that support healthy behaviors and environments and informs, educates, and empowers the campus and community about environmental health and mental health issues
  • 10% Directs grant and grant-funded public health programs and campaigns on established topics. May research, write, and manage grants as needed to support outreach, policies, and programming
  • 25% Participates in public health committees as needed
  • 10% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the program
  • 5% Communicates plans, activities, and achievements to the Area Extension Director, Program Managers, partners, and relevant stakeholders
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


-At least two years of experience (professional, life, volunteer) working cooperatively with community-based organizations
-Skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-level educational programs and policy, systems, and environmental change interventions
-Experience facilitating group processes
-Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
-Commitment to Extension's goals and values of equity and social justice to support opportunities and outcomes for youth, families, and communities. (

-Experience working with food systems partners
-Spanish or HMoob speaking, writing and comprehension skills; knowledge and understanding of Hispanic/LatinX or HMoob culture. Language skills will be evaluated
-Understanding of cultural, social, and political history, issues, and dynamics of diverse populations living in Brown County
-Skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings
-Experience managing multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high-quality 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:


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.
Your cover letter should communicate your interest in the position and how your skillset aligns with the role. You must state your interest in applying for the bilingual title designation within your application (language skills will be evaluated during the interview process). The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.


Judith Knudsen
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Public Health Educator(HS001)



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.

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).

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