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Engagement Manager for Outreach Programs and Events


Minimum $68,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, paid parental leave, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see .

Job Summary:

The Office of Admissions & Recruitment (OAR) is seeking an Engagement Manager, Outreach Programs & Events to join the events team. The role will support the 50+ outreach programs and events hosted by the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Events under the Associate Director of Strategic Communications.

This position will assist in the general coordination of undergraduate admissions outreach programming and events and will specialize in cultivating and sustaining internal and external partner, guest, and current student relations as they pertain to outreach programming and events.

The incumbent will join a team that represents the University of Wisconsin-Madison via prospective first-year, transfer, and international student events, with a goal of attracting, recruiting, admitting, and enrolling a talented and globally diverse student body. The Office of Admissions & Recruitment is within the Division of Enrollment Management (DEM).

UW-Madison is a major research university, nationally and internationally renowned. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment recruits and admits all degree-seeking undergraduate students; our enrolling class is approximately 8,400+ first-year and 1000+ transfer students annually.

Responsibilities: Manages a program and/or programmatic activities. Initiates, develops, and implements operational services that support a defined project, program, work unit, or function to advance program goals and objectives. May supervise staff and/or approve unit expenditures.
  • 10% Plans, implements, executes, and evaluates existing strategies and objectives for a program and makes recommendations to unit leadership for program or function enhancement
  • 10% Identifies workflow needs, contributes to the development of strategic and operational solutions, allocates resources, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
  • 20% May exercise 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 FTE or equivalent employees
  • 25% Schedules logistics and secures resources for program activities across multiple work units to ensure optimum efficiency and compliance with appropriate policies, procedures, and specifications
  • 5% Leads the development and preparation of periodic reports and financial statements, and records progress, status, or other special reports for leadership or external agencies
  • 5% May assist in the development and monitoring of the unit or program budget and approve unit expenditures
  • 5% Contributes to the preparation of proposals for funding and/or funding continuation from outside sponsors
  • 15% Oversees guest communication as it relates to outreach programming and events
  • 5% DEM is committed to the highest standard of service. This position will be a role model by practicing exemplary and respectful behaviors in all interactions. Participation in community and culture building activities are mandatory

Job duties include:
  • Supervise and develop event team student employees
  • Oversee and develop the Wisconsin Admissions Volunteer (WAV) program
  • Coordinate campus partner event-related outreach and communications
  • Lead customer relations for events via phone, email, and in-person requests
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director of Events on event improvement and ideas
  • Serve as day-of event lead for smaller-scale OAR events
  • Serve as right hand person to the Assistant Director of Events on major event days
  • Serve a major, hands-on role in the prep, set-up, and tear down for all events
  • Serve in a liaison role with internal and external partners on event needs
  • Manage the production and deadlines for all event-related communications
  • Serve on office and campus committees/work groups as assigned
  • Attend and present at conferences and webinars to further professional development
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


--Demonstrated knowledge of event or programming execution and/or support
--Demonstrated ability to cultivate partnerships and build relationships
--Ability to provide excellent customer service and guest experiences
--Ability to adapt to changing circumstances while utilizing a solution-driven approach
--Strong interpersonal communication skills
--Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
--Strong written and oral communication
--This position may involve minimal travel. Incumbents must be able to meet the required criteria to become a UW Authorized Driver which allows employees to drive for business purposes
--The position necessitates individuals to stand and walk for extended periods of time as well as lift and transport up to forty (40) pounds

Highly qualified candidates will possess the following:
--Experience supervising team members, students, and/or volunteers
--Experience using SalesForce or other CRM platforms


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards
This position may involve travel. Incumbents must be able to meet the required criteria to become a UW Authorized Driver which allows employees to drive for business purposes. Required criteria can be seen here:

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 Division of Enrollment Management (DEM) believes in our ability to contribute towards an ecosystem of innovation. Through this relentless desire for bold ideas, DEM leads a comprehensive strategic enrollment approach to attract, enroll, support, and graduate the most talented students. We foster equitable and seamless experiences, value research in practice, engage in responsible stewardship, provide inclusive support, collaborate, and increase access to higher education to accomplish our goals. With students firmly at the center of our actions, decisions, processes, and services, our work helps to deliver the impact of UW-Madison as a world-class institution that enriches communities across the globe.

The Division is comprised of a dedicated team of over 400 employees and includes the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab, and the Office of the Registrar. DEM invests in the professional growth of their team members and is committed to the highest standard of service for students, colleagues, visitors and other stakeholders. Team members will serve as role models by practicing exemplary, respectful and inclusive behaviors in all of our interactions.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, click on the "" button to start the application process. Applicants will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter outlining knowledge, skills, abilities and experience in or transferable to the listed required and/or preferred qualifications. If selected for a finalist interview, applicants are required to supply 3 references, including a current or most recent supervisor. No references will be contacted without advance notice. PDF documents preferred but not required.

For fullest consideration, applications need to be received by the deadline date.

A criminal background check and sexual harassment/sexual violence questions will be conducted on all finalists.

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 and must be able to sustain eligibility, without sponsorship, throughout the duration of their employment.


Heidi Updegrove
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Administrative Manager(AD005)



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. For more information regarding applicant and employee rights and to view federal and state required postings, click here

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Employment may require a criminal background check. It may 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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