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UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


Seeking a team member that is (passionate and) committed to promoting the development of an equitable and inclusive environment. The Director of Research will work closely with the SVRI Executive Director, Director of Services, and Director of Education as members of SVRI’s leadership and management team. This position reports to the SVRI Executive Director and will assume responsibility for generating, submitting, and successfully managing grant proposals and projects in response to federal, state, and private foundation requests for proposals to fund research and demonstration projects that substantially contribute to the art and science of vocational rehabilitation. The Director of Research will be responsible for leading and coordinating the publication of peer reviewed journal articles, publication of evidence-based practice toolkits, implementation guides, and other technical assistance guides that facilitate the translation of research to practice in the field. The Director of Research will create collaborative relationships with internal and external research partners, potential grant project partners, and state-federal vocational rehabilitation partners.

This is a .5 FTE annual year appointment; eligible for virtual officing from remote locations and does not require relocation to the Menomonie Wisconsin area. Anticipated start date: June 1, 2022.

UW System Standard Job Description: Administrative Manager AD005


Minimum / Required

  • Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Business, Human Resources, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully procuring and managing research grants at the federal or state level to study programs promoting integrated, community-based employment and full participation for individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to relate to professionals, consumers, and employers in private industry and business.
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation research and training resources, funding sources, and federal, state, and university networks.
  • Demonstrated track record of peer reviewed research journal article publication.

Highly Desired

  • Demonstrated experience in establishing a climate (work environment) that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • A minimum of five years work experience specific to vocational rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation research, training, and knowledge translation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
  • Able to delegate and manage delegated work responsibilities effectively.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access.
  • Ability to relate to diverse professional, consumer, and employer populations (ethnic, cultural, social).
  • Experience and/or knowledge about disability or experience in working with persons with disabilities.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of SVRI and UW-Stout.
  • Available for local, regional, and national work-related travel.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Terminal degree preferred.


  • Anticipate and monitor federal, state, and other research trends and maintain strong relationships with federal, state, and private foundation grant funders.
  • Manage the SVRI research and grant funded projects.
  • Develop, write, and complete grant applications to secure funding for research, demonstration projects, or technical assistance centers.
  • Effectively develop and manage relationships with key on and off campus research partners.
  • Identify, develop, and implement research initiatives in support of the CEHHHS and SVRI mission, vision, and values, consistent with the mission of UW-Stout.
  • Oversee day-to-day SVRI research functions including research and knowledge mobilization staff supervision, peer reviewed journal article publication, and research grant budget management.
  • Ensure compliance with university Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, policy, and procedures.
  • Regularly communicate and attend meetings with the Executive Director and management team in support of SVRI organizational goals and activities.
  • Assist UW-Stout graduate and undergraduate students with research advisement activities.
  • Collaborate with the academic department to provide students with job shadows, internships, practicum, and other learning experiences that enhance their educational programs.
  • Write, coordinate, and publish research articles related to research and grant outcomes and present at professional conferences to enhance SVRI’s reputation and identity within the profession.
  • Provide state VR agencies and their partners with technical assistance in the implementation of evidence-based practices.
  • Represent SVRI at the university level, as appropriate.


UW-Stout’s SVRI Department 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.

To learn more about Stout’s Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) please feel free to 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--it is 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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Competitive salary 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’s 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).

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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.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter*
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. Include a statement (4-6 sentences) regarding how you would foster a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion in this position. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by 4/15/22. Applications submitted after 4/15/22 may be reviewed until the position is filled.

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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: Kyle Schemenauer


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Search Coordinator: Beth Biederman


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