This grant-funded Project Manager position will manage one or more statewide, multi-state and/or national projects with a multi-disciplinary staff of professionals in and outside of Wisconsin. The Project Manager will work with a team of professionals in adult education, evaluation, marketing, instructional design, natural resource management, curriculum development, 508 conformance and natural resource education/outreach. The Project Manager will work with an internal team and external partners to develop, implement and evaluate a targeted educational program. This targeted program will increase the number of trained professionals providing conservation-related services to rural landowners. The Project Manager will facilitate internal processes that support the team delivering this program, ensuring the team produces a high-quality educational program that meets program partner requirements. The Project Manager will ensure that long-term objectives and strategies are collaboratively developed and implemented consistent with project goals. The Project Manager will work within and improve upon established project management best practices that support the program. Familiarity and experience with education and natural resources are not required but would be useful for understanding the program and identifying ways to generate process and product improvements.
The mission of the Division of Extension's Conservation Professional Training Program is to train and empower conservation advisors (public sector, private sector, and NGOs) to work one-on-one with rural landowners and farmers to improve the management of soil, water and air resources. The project manager is engaged in managing the deliverables in one or more grant-funded projects providing online, in person, or hybrid training to our audiences.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills to foster a collegial working environment. 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.
The target start date for this position is January 2024.
Manages multiple projects simultaneously from start to finish or one large project impacting the institution at-large under general supervision.
30% Creates a project plan, monitors progress and performance against the project plan, and identifies, resolves, or escalates risks and issues
15% Facilitates the estimation of project costs, resources, and time required to complete the assigned phase of a project and monitors activities, negotiates for resources, and assigns tasks to ensure these targets are met. Follows established change control processes if targets can no longer be met
15% Prepares regular reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team
20% Sets priorities, allocates tasks, and collaborates with project staff to meet project targets and milestones
10% Prepares regular reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team.
10% Sets priorities, allocates tasks, and collaborates with project staff to meet project targets and milestones.
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: - Two (2) or more years of experience in project management or managing programs or large projects as part of other job duties - Experience with project management tools, such as Monday.com, Smartsheet, Asana, Trello, and/or similar tools. - Experience engaging/managing a hybrid team (project staff both site and remote). - Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Preferred: - Experience working with a team of learning designers especially in the eLearning context. - Familiarity with or experience working with federal or state government agricultural conservation agencies. - Familiarity with or experience working in, or in partnership with, an institution of higher education. - Experience with grant writing, funding research, and completing progress and project reports.
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 $75,000 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.
Your cover letter should communicate your interest in the position and how your skillset aligns with the role. Please address how your experience and/or skills align with all of the required qualifications and as many of the preferred qualifications as possible. 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.