Outreach Program Associate Director - Center for Research and Innovation in Smart Cities
Position Open Until Filled

Code: 17645 Posted: 08/05/2021

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Position Title: Outreach Program Associate Director - Center for Research and Innovation in Smart Cities

Employment Type: Full time salaried Position

Reports To: The Outreach Program Associate Director - Center for Research and Innovation in Smart Cities will report to the Director, Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities.

Pay Range: $65-$72K

The Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities is a new unit/function at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This requires someone with an innovative mindset, willingness to try new things and do what it takes attitude. It is not a tradition university type 9-5 job. In return you will have the opportunity to make things happen, meet unique people, and create the model for universities and innovation hubs of the future.


Essential Job Functions

The Center of Research in Innovation and Smart Cities is a startup function at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The goal is to create a center to bring together students, faculty, community, startups, and larger enterprise organizations. The potential to change the way educational institutions operate is part of the larger vision. The center is looking for a person with a do what it takes attitude to help build the Center.

The Center is a new endeavor and as such requires an individual that is willing to roll up their sleeves to do what it takes to make it a success. Some key areas include:

- Event Planning / organizing all aspects of making a successful event happen (acquiring facilities, contacting speakers, selling tickets, getting sponsors, managing technology).  

- Marketing / having the ability to get the word out about the Center (Social media knowledge/expertise, email marketing, newsletter creation, copy creation). This includes publicizing events and activities which are local and global in nature. 

- Public Relations Skills / Ability to get publicity around activities and events related to the Center. Skill in reaching out to the news media and creating press releases. 

- Research Skills / ability to find information through the use of various search tools. An example would be the building of a Smart Cities database of over 100K contacts. Other areas would include finding content to create programs around and where articles can be created from. Another area would be organizing course content and supporting faculty teaching courses related to Innovation and Smart Cities. 

- PowerPoint Creation / ability to create presentations to support programming efforts. 

- Grants Support / ability to help support the grant efforts the Center is undertaking. This may require putting information together, contacting faculty, and administrators, as well as doing outreach to community partners. 

- General Administrative / Cover administrative areas including writing status reports, meeting scheduling, and facilitating meetup sessions.  

- Support an Innovation Hub / An innovation hub is being developed and this role provides the opportunity to do everything needed to support it. 

- Partnerships Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach programs.

- Scheduling Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of outreach programs.

- Delivery Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members.

- Implementation/Operations Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers.

- Development Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement.

- Budgeting may assist with the monitoring of budgets.

- Cover other areas as they develop and additional duties as assigned.

This role is ideal for a person wanting to make a difference and is not for a person seeking a traditional 9-5 type position. It may require some non-traditional work hours along with innovative approaches to getting things done. This will be a great learning experience and will provide a framework for the individual to take on greater future career responsibilities.


Education – College degree

Experience – Building and running a startup hub, organizing events, knows marketing and social media to a significant extent. and a do what it takes attitude.

Certifications - Open

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. 

Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/summaries/fasl.pdf

Total Compensation Estimator: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/

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
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references

Review of Applications

Position open until filled.

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

Diversity Jobs Employer Member
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