Organizational Learning and Professional Development Specialist
University of Wisconsin Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 286749-AS
The Organizational Learning and Professional Development Specialist provides leadership and coordination for the creation, design, implementation and evaluation of high priority, effective and innovative professional development (e.g. workshops, training, continued education courses, online learning opportunities) to support the effectiveness of Extension outreach and instruction. This position collaborates with the Extension Directors, faculty, and staff across the Division and operations to support the development of core competencies of Extension professionals. The ideal candidate has strong experience and knowledge in non-credit, community-based instruction. This position is an integral part of the UW-Madison Division of Extension and reports to the Associate Dean. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. The UW-Madison 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. This position provides a flexible work schedule, excellent benefits, and a great team of colleagues. If you are looking for a career to make a difference for families and improve individual lives, please consider joining our team. 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. (https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/oaic/call-to-action/). As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
Provides management and oversight for instructional design, technology, and/or development functions for a unit, division, or institution. May provide instructional design, technology, and/or development services directly to faculty, staff, and other customers. May supervise staff and manage related budgets.
25% Develops and maintains knowledge of the specific and unique needs of the unit, division, or institution. Develops or assists with the development of strategic planning initiatives and objectives
20% Manages a portfolio of instructional design and/or technology services and support. May recommend, test, and audit selected learning technologies and/or methods
20% Provides effective project management and overall coordination of project teams to meet deadlines
15% Serves as the subject matter expert and unit liaison to internal and external stakeholders providing operational and strategic information and representing the interests of the unit, division, or institution
10% Provides instructional design and/or technology services and support directly to faculty, staff, or other customers
5% May monitor the unit budget and/or approve expenditures
5% Manages faculty development and engagement programs
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.
Required: - 5 years professional experience providing Extension Education, or similar non-credit, community based instruction. - Experience with instructional design theories, methodologies, and best practices, including interactive teaching methods. - Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate professional development programming. - Demonstrated organizational design/change and problem-solving skills. - Experience managing projects, including planning, implementation, and evaluation. - Demonstrated ability to coach and facilitate groups in the context of cultural diversity, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
Preferred: - Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings to educational programming. - Knowledge and skills with relevant digital learning platforms. - Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality work. - Demonstrated commitment to the values of access, equity, and inclusion to support opportunities for youth, families, educators, and communities.
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:
Minimum $80,000 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 (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a remote work policy that offers the potential for remote or hybrid work. More about that policy within the Division of Extension can be found here: https://kb.wisc.edu/extension/113536.
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. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.
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.
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).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.