Community Development Educator (St. Croix & Polk Counties)
University of Wisconsin Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 286652-AS
The Community Development Educator position will be located in Baldwin, WI and will primarily serve St. Croix and Polk counties and surrounding communities. This role is housed in the Community Development Institute within UW-Madison's Division of Extension (https://extension.wisc.edu/).
The Community Development Institute provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.
This Community Development Extension position will provide the following programmatic focus: community participation and processes that lead to informed decisions and action. Examples of this work include: - Per the county planning cycle, work with the St. Croix and Polk County administrators to design and facilitate a strategic goal-setting process for the county board and department heads. - Facilitate processes that help community members, organizations, and coalitions develop action plans that address local issues of concern. - Assist community-serving organizations with identifying and collecting information that will inform decisions. - Work with one or more local governments and/or nonprofits in each county to design and deliver programs that enhance community participation. The specific program will be agreed upon with partners, but could include: - A program for residents to learn about county/municipal government, build relationships with local officials, and learn how to work with the county/city to address needs in the community. - A program that builds the leadership skills and civic engagement of youth through serving on local boards and decision-making bodies.
All CD Educators are expected to contribute to statewide efforts related to their area of focus. This particular CD Educator will play a lead role in supporting education and research related to best practices and strategies to encourage and support community participation and leadership in rural Wisconsin. This position will serve as a resource to facilitate group and community processes in areas of the state where there are fewer resources available to support our rural partners. Examples of this could include connecting individuals and groups with shared interests, providing training and resources on group process, assisting groups with adopting appropriate structures and policies that support their ongoing work, facilitating group action planning and goal setting, or advising on evaluation strategies.
About the Division of Extension:
Extension Vision: A thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resources that reflects the rich diversity of the state.
Extension Purpose: We Teach, Learn, Lead, and Serve, connecting people with the university of Wisconsin-Madison, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.
Extension Values: We strive to live by the values of Community, Discovery, Inclusiveness, Relationships, and Respect. (https://extension.wisc.edu/files/2023/01/PurposeVisionValues.pdf) 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/).
Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.
25% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
5% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
25% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
25% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
10% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
5% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
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 Qualifications: - Experience designing and facilitating a strategic goal-setting process for community stakeholders or leadership - Experience facilitating processes that help community members, organizations, and coalitions develop action plans that address local issues of concern - Ability to assist community-serving organizations with identifying and collecting information that will inform decisions
Preferred Qualifications: - Ability to use problem-solving skills to successfully address complex issues - Ability to design and deliver programs that enhance community participation - Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external team members or stakeholders
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $56,732 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/)
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, or 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. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those in the cover letter and/or resume. 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.