Adult Student Program Manager
Deadline for Applications is 09/26/2020

Code: 16649 Posted: 09/16/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Adult Student Program Manager.

Reporting to the Continuing Education director, the Instructional Program Manager is responsible for managing Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio and Challenge Exam efforts, developing and implementing faculty and staff training related to Prior Learning Assessment, and supporting, reviewing, and developing additional initiatives and programs targeted at adult and returning students. This position serves as the primary internally-facing support for enrolled adult students seeking credit for prior and experiential learning and those interested in upskilling to become more marketable in the workplace.

The position will serve as the primary contact for Prior Learning Assessment internally and as a representative for all adult learner efforts externally, with the local community and with other UW System campuses and offices.

Essential Job Functions


  1. Adult Student Support Program Management
  2. Supervise and manage Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) protocols for internally granted PLA credit, reviewing and recommending changes to protocol and policy as needed.
  3. Serve as central contact for students inquiring about PLA, Certificates, and other Career and Professional Development opportunities.
  4. Provide instructional services and maintain development of the online Portfolio development course for PLA.
  5. Monitor PLA program success, identify opportunities for improvements and efficiencies, and recommend adjustments where warranted.
  6. Analyze data about adult learners, PLA, and other topics, working with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Colleges, and other interested parties, and prepare reports, as needed, including providing directional and policy recommendations for adult initiatives.
  7. Review current Certificate, degree-completion, and adult-oriented programs and research program best-practices for the viability of these programs for non-degree and degree seeking students.
  8. Oversee and assist with the development of noncredit/credit programs for adult students.
  9. Monitor adult student admissions, enrollment, retention, engagement, progression, and other program and student success criteria in order to make data-driven decisions about development goals.
  10. Assist with development of the strategic plan for Center of Adult and Returning Students, in coordination with Center and departmental colleagues, Leadership, Faculty, and Staff.

Stakeholder Engagement

  1. Work collaboratively with, but limited to Leadership, College Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Faculty, Veteran’s Services and Registrar’s Office for intra-institutional coordination and cooperation to benefit adult students.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to support adult learner recruitment and retention, and provide assistance for degree-seeking adult students from pre-enrollment through graduation and non-degree students seeking Career and Professional Development.
  3. Promote Prior Learning Assessment within the institution and advocate for adult learners across campus.
  4. Coordinate activities benefiting adult students with other UW campuses, UW Extended Campus, and UW System, as needed.
  5. Serve as program representative at public relations venues and in cross-system contexts. Engage in external outreach and maintain positive relationship with UW System and non-System partners.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  1. Ability to translate thoughts and directives from several areas into a cohesive plan of action
  2. Ability to coordinate the activities of multiple parties to achieve desired objectives
  3. Ability to balance multiple priorities efficiently
  4. Knowledge of adult learning principles
  5. Knowledge of how to write measurable learning objectives
  6. Knowledge of methods and techniques for evaluating levels of learning
  7. Ability to implement new programming and to provide direction for new initiatives, including ability to shape strategic initiatives and ensure successful execution against agreed-on plans and objectives
  8. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and outside stakeholders
  9. Ability to build positive working relationships with internal and external groups
  10. Ability to anticipate needs to improve services and provide opportunities
  11. Proficiency in web navigation and Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn new software
  12. Strong oral communication skills
  13. Writing, editing and proofreading skills
  14. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  15. Excellent time management skills
  16. Ability to manage budget processes and procedures and to track financial performance

Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three years or greater experience working within an educational institution
  • Experience with Prior Learning Assessment and student support for PLA
  • Demonstrated success at conducting research and performing needs assessments or market analysis to improve products or services
  • Ability to travel
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Transcripts

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Saturday September 26, 2020 are ensured full consideration.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Laura Menarek
Available Until: 09/27/2020

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