Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, invites qualified candidates to apply for our Associate Director of Professional Education position in the Professional Education Programs and Services department, within Educational Pathways and Outreach. The Associate Director of Professional Education assists in the development, supervision, and delivery of quality outreach programs. Professional Education provides access to education and resources for the enrichment, personally and professionally, through a variety of offerings. The Professional Education team provides programming and services around conferences and workshops, credentialing (CEUs), customized business training, event planning services, and youth camps.

The position will collaborate with the Executive Director of Educational Pathways and Outreach and the Professional Education department to create and implement strategic plans designed to grow UW-Stout’s outreach program portfolio. The Associate Director will develop and maintain strategic partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders that will support the growth and execution of programs. In addition, the Associate Director will be responsible for maintaining a select portfolio of programming. The Associate Director will also be a team member committed to promoting the development of an equitable and inclusive environment.

The position reports directly to the Executive Director of Educational Pathways and Outreach. The Professional Education department is part of the larger Educational Pathways and Outreach unit which focuses on developing educational pathways for K-12 students, customized instruction, and professional and continuing education for post-traditional learners. The Associate Director directly oversees the operations of the Professional Education department including programming, budget development and monitoring, assisting with annual reporting, and direct staff supervision including Outreach Program Managers and Program Coordinators.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience developing and marketing educational outreach programs (experience with university-based continuing education programs, contract training for professional associations or business and industry, and/or MEPs preferred)
  • Experience fostering strong partnerships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated professional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Strong organizational, time management, and project management skills

Highly Desired

  • Master’s degree
  • 3-5 years leadership experience
  • Budget development and management
  • Experience with strategic planning, data-informed decision making, and program evaluation
  • Ability to use technology effectively to advance processes, procedures, and efficiencies
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing a climate that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Provide strategic leadership for the Professional Education unit

Develop and manage outreach programs to achieve the goals established for the Professional Education unit

Assist the Executive Director to manage the University’s IIA and UW-Extended Campus collaboration

Provide supervision and budgetary oversight of the Professional Education department

See UW System Job Description: Outreach Program Associate Director (B) (Code OE020)


UW-Stout Professional Education Programs and Services supports the mission of the University by providing adult learners with access to university education and resources for the enrichment of their lives, both personally and professionally. Their programs and services include certificate programs and noncredit courses, many offering optional college credit; conferences and workshops covering a variety of topical areas; customized business training and educational programs; and program and event planning services.

Professional Education Programs and Services is committed to creating an inclusive campus community. Candidates who have experience working collaboratively with diverse individuals and/or groups and who can contribute to fostering an inclusive environment are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.


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To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by August 14, 2022. Applications submitted after August 14, 2022 may be reviewed until the position is filled.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter (* See below)
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Inclusivity Statement: Equity, diversity and inclusion are important to the mission of UW-Stout Write a one-page or less statement demonstrating your past/present work, volunteer, and lived experience and how you envision carrying that experience into your work at UW-Stout.

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Joel Helms


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Julie Zack



Minimum starting salary of $51,700, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders, and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory, and research. UW-Stout is committed to developing an inclusive community that fosters a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow, celebrating the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences.

A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students.

UW-Stout is committed to investing in and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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