Associate Director of Community Engagement and Impact


Fri, Mar 25, 2022


Wed, Apr 20, 2022

Our community engagement work, like our video production work, has grown to include digital and virtual platforms and continues to include events, screenings, community forums,
issues-focused panels and more. And while our engagement access expands, and our work is consumed in many new ways by a growing audience, we need to do better with communities that have been historically underrepresented in the media, including public media. This position will design and lead our work into the next phase of growth for our engagement and partnership portfolio, and will join a team of engagement leaders focused on building authentic connections and doing meaningful work.

(Preferred) Bachelor’s Degree
-A bachelor’s degree and
-6 or more years developing and managing community engagement/outreach projects with multiple stakeholders organizations or teams
-6 or more years of evaluation or outcome measurement experience
(Required) H.S. Diploma
-Some formal education beyond high school/GED
-8 or more years developing and managing community engagement/outreach projects with multiple stakeholders organizations or teams
-8 or more years of evaluation or outcome measurement experience

-A proven history of developing and stewarding relationships as a key liaison with community partners, organizations, agencies and civic leaders
-A background/work history that includes developing and stewarding active, inclusive partnerships with under-represented communities/agencies in the creation and execution of work/projects
-Demonstrated autonomy and accountability as a project leader
-The ability and willingness to present and/or speak as a representative of an organization at various community engagement events around the state

-Experience in a public-facing community service, social service or nonprofit organization
-Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
-Ability to work independently or as part of an internal and/or external/partnership team
-Experience with planning and managing budgets
-Fluency in Spanish and/or Hmong in addition to English

Assists in the development, supervision, and delivery of quality outreach programs. Maintains strategic partnerships to support growth and execution of programs. Promotes stable and productive relationships between the university and community. Supervises and trains staff.

  • 25% Directs long-range and short-term strategic plans and initiatives to further the growth of the outreach program
  • 15% Develops organizational and operational policies and procedures and monitors performance to ensure alignment with strategic objectives
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 25% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit
  • 5% Assists with developing and monitoring the budget
  • 10% Serves as principal point of contact for community engagement projects, and in the planning, development, and implementation of engagement activities
  • 5% Cultivates, manages and stewards partners/partnerships and community relationships including the administration of agreements
  • 5% Leads and maintains impact/outcome measurement for community engagement

Minimum $72,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Expected salary range for this position is mid $70’s to low $80’s for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

About Us
PBS Wisconsin, one of the first public television stations to go on the air in the country, also has one of public media’s richest histories as leaders in the fields of community engagement, partnership and audience impact. Since our inception we’ve worked in partnership with the tribal nations across Wisconsin and we’ve done pioneering work honoring veterans and their service. We’ve worked to address racism and childhood trauma and the unique challenges facing rural families. We’ve celebrated the arts, and the beauty and uniqueness of Wisconsin’s people, places and stories. PBS Wisconsin has set the bar for how public media can meet people and communities right where they live.

This search for the next team leader of this vital work is yet another growth chapter for us as a service organization. We are stewarding a rich history built on The Wisconsin Idea, and it’s our intent to build on the legacy of our work and its impact. Though we’ve served many in our nearly 70 years, we need to be far more inclusive and collaborative with our approach to fostering partnerships, developing work and building this team. It’s an exciting time to join an ambitious, dedicated group of professionals, and the perfect place for someone with a vision and passion for building and connecting community. Sound like you or someone you know? Read on!
To learn more about the organization, our history as one of the longest running stations in the nation, and our work visit:

About You
The ideal candidate is someone with an adventurous and energetic spirit, someone who excels as a visionary and inclusive community builder and project leader. Success in this position will require a lot of independent goal setting, environmental ascertainment, relationship building/stewardship, outcomes measurement and project design as well as an ability to synthesize the organization’s strategic focus, capacity and internal dynamics into working plans. If leading and working with a committed, energetic and visionary team of engagement pros with and in the communities of Wisconsin sounds interesting, if meeting new people and together building trust and impact sounds like your kind of adventure, if being an ambassador for PBS Wisconsin and public media, working around Wisconsin and across a spectrum of topics is a dream, you should consider this.

The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for All Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here:, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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.

Apply online at by the deadline date. The job number is 255032.

1) Resume;
2) A cover letter detailing your interest in the position, including additional information on any of the required or preferred qualifications that connect to your experience and background;
3) Provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisor). References will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Questions? Contact: Kate O’Connor, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-262-5221