March 6, 2023
About the Division of Extension:
As a statewide engagement arm of UW – Madison, the Division of Extension embodies the Wisconsin Idea to extend university knowledge to every corner of the state. Our statewide network of educators and specialists is responding every day to emerging and longstanding hurdles residents are overcoming to compete and prosper.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. (

About the Community Development Institute: The Extension Institute of Community Development 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. (

About the Community Economic Development Program: The Community Economic Development Program promotes local economic well-being and quality of life in Wisconsin communities. We work with and support community economic development practitioners and organizations, tribal and governmental entities, and business and nonprofit organization and help gain access to the information, research, education, and technical assistance necessary to make informed decisions. (

About the Position: The Prison Program Educator position is housed with the Community Development Institute and will facilitate classes with incarcerated people at Redgranite Correctional Institution in Redgranite, Wisconsin and Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Using the evidence-informed curriculum from Defy Ventures, the educator will teach entrepreneurship, career readiness and personal development through a trauma-informed lens. While teaching in both prisons, this Educator will grow positive relationships with participants, DOC staff, community volunteers, potential funders, and other collaborators.

Candidates should be ready to work in a team that values emotional intelligence, collaborative and independent work, clear articulation of program goals and impacts, persistence, ongoing learning, and resilience. The position requires travel to each facility twice per week. Mileage will be reimbursed for authorized drivers. (

RESPONSIBILITIES: 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
  • 35% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 5% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • 5% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 20% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
  • 5% Communicates plans, activities, and achievements to Area Extension Director, Program Managers, WIDOC, partners, and relevant stakeholders
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

H.S. Diploma or equivalency.
– Minimum one year experience effectively teaching and facilitating group activities with adults.
– Minimum one year experience interacting effectively with people involved in the legal system and/or those who have experienced trauma, mental illness, homelessness and/or substance dependency.
– Ability to work independently in a team environment
– Ability to work effectively across race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender expression, and other aspects of human diversityPreferred:
– Minimum one year experience in educational settings with people involved in the legal system
– Minimum 5 years’ experience effectively teaching or facilitating groups of entrepreneurs, incarcerated people and/or populations who’ve experienced trauma, mental illness, homelessness and/or substance dependency.
– Strong interpersonal and communications skills
– Organized, efficient, and able to meet deadlines
– Experience or formal learning about trauma, race, incarceration, reentry, business or other related areas
WORK TYPE: Full Time: 100%

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

SALARY: Minimum $53,480 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: – 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 (
– This position is funded on an annual basis and renewable, pending ongoing funding and high job performance.
– To be authorized to drive for university business, employees must have a valid driver’s license and a minimum of two years licensed driving experience. (
– 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. 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 too 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.
CONTACT: Diana Hammer
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

OFFICIAL TITLE: Outreach Specialist(OE009)
EMPLOYMENT CLASS: Academic Staff-Renewable
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.

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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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