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Positive Youth Development Institute Director


Minimum $110,000 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:

The Positive Youth Development Institute Director is a senior level administrator who will provide organizational and disciplinary leadership for the Positive Youth Development Institute within the Division of Extension. This full-time role will be responsible for strategic, financial, and operational oversight of Extension Programs within the institute, including Wisconsin 4-H and Community Youth Development.

The Institute Director provides administrative leadership in all areas of institute operations, program development, evaluation and implementation; external partnership development; development of financial resources and budgetary administration; and human resource development and administration. The Institute Director fills an essential role within the Division of Extension in supporting effective educational programming within the PYD Institute and in achieving the Extension Mission to connect the people of Wisconsin - where they live and work - UW-Madison's research and resources.

This full-time, dynamic position reports directly to the Associate Dean of Youth, Families, and Health, and serves on a multi-disciplinary leadership team for the Division. The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity and is intentional in our efforts to ensure equity and justice. 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.

About Extension:
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 Positive Youth Development Institute:
The Positive Youth Development Institute provides programs and works to catalyze positive change to engage Wisconsin youth in opportunities they need to learn, lead, grow, and thrive. The PYD Institute is home to the Wisconsin 4-H Program which engages over 25,000 youth members and 6,000 adult volunteers in over 1,000 4-H clubs and groups throughout the state.

Responsibilities: Directs development, supervision, and delivery of quality outreach programs. Establishes and facilitates strategic partnerships to support the growth and execution of programs. Promotes stable and productive relationships between the university and local community.
  • 20% Directs the development of long range and short term strategic plans and initiatives to further the growth of the outreach program
  • 25% Directs the organizational strategic goals of the programs and unit
  • 15% Directs unit personnel and budgeted activities
  • 15% Serves as liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing interest of the unit
  • 10% Develops and monitors the budget
  • 15% 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
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


- 10 or more years of professional experience in the field of Positive Youth Development, Extension Education, or other related field;
- More than five years of supervisory experience involving multiple, full-time direct reports including recruiting, hiring, coaching, mentoring, and training staff;
- Demonstrated experience in leading, planning, and managing strategic initiatives;
- Experience in the development, implementation, and oversight for policy, including policy designed to ensure youth protection and safety;
- Proven ability to maintain and develop successful relationships with partners across disciplines and geographies;
- Proven ability to manage budgets;
- Established track-record of building partnerships with people of cultural backgrounds different from one's own; including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

- Working knowledge of Extension and land-grant universities
- Successful experience in leading and managing volunteers and volunteer boards
- Proven ability to attract extramural funding

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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

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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. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.


Julieann Stawicki
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Outreach Program Director (B)(OE021)



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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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