Director – PEOPLE Program

  • Full Time
  • Madison

Website University of Wisconsin

JOB NO:267228-AS

JOB SUMMARY: Position Summary:

The Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) is a premier college readiness program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The PEOPLE Program is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of Director. The Director will lead the strategic vision and will oversee all aspects of program implementation for college readiness and college success initiatives offered by the program. Responsibilities of this role include providing direct program oversight, budget management, personnel supervision, policy development and compliance, and actively nurturing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. The Director of PEOPLE supervises and collaborates with a team of leaders who support the educational aspirations of first generation, low income, and underrepresented students with the goal of college attainment and degree completion.

This position reports to the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Scholarship Programs.

Overall Program Oversight and Strategic Direction
1. Provide strategic oversight for precollege enrichment and college success units to ensure alignment of institutional and divisional priorities
2. Supports the successful execution and delivery of services to include college readiness, academic enrichment, summer camp, college advising, and college student support services
3. Develops the strategy and plan to assess and evaluate program framework for effectiveness and impact on meeting targeted key performance indicators
4. Develop and implement stakeholder engagement and education strategies highlighting program services, expectations, policies, procedures, and program philosophy
5. Works with staff to maintain accurate and relevant program internal information (e.g., handbooks, manuals, policies, program literature) and public facing program communications (e.g. advertising, newsletters, social media)
6. Produces annual performance reports for the DDEEA and University as requested, chronicling organizational success
7. Collaborate with the OSDPR to oversee ongoing program assessment and identify opportunities for improvement, allocating staff and financial resources based on defined strategic priorities

Budget Oversight and Management
1. Responsible for unit-level budget planning, allocation, forecast, and reconciles expenses of multi-million-dollar mixed funding source budget (state dollars, grants, foundation funds, and donations
2. Ensures compliance with federal and state regulations in addition to campus and UW-system policies and procedures, ensuring expenditures are consistent with the organization’s and division’s financial priorities and strategies

Personnel Management and Supervision
1. Exercise 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 FTE or equivalent employees
2. Determines assignments to maximize short- and long-term results
3. Ensures that staff have current position descriptions and are given frequent feedback and coaching in their performance as well as annual performance evaluations
4. Creates and maintains an environment where high morale, cooperation, and employee satisfaction may be achieved in a dynamic and demanding academic environment, effectively supervising staff to achieve strategic priorities
5. Develop, promote, and facilitate staff training programs to ensure compliance with youth protection, FERPA, Clery Act, and Title IX policies

Policy Development and Oversight
1. Work closely with DDEEA and University staff to develop and ensure program policies, procedures, and staffing are in alignment with appropriate federal, state, and institutional laws
2. Responsible for effective communication, training, and facilitation of changes in policies and procedures related to youth and minor protection policies, youth and pre-college programming, FERPA, Clery Act and Title IX

Partnership Development and Fundraising
1. Responsible for building, sustaining, and expanding partnerships among key constituencies who support academic programming for PEOPLE Scholars, including but not limited to: UW-Campus, local school systems, and institutional and private entities who support academic programming
2. Work closely with the Assistant Vice Provost and UW Foundation to develop strategic development opportunities to strengthen alumni and donor engagement to meet annual fundraising goals
3. Serve on grant writing teams and provide program management and oversight of grant deliverables to include program implementation, reporting, and financial management

Supporting Organizational Excellence
1. Support and mentor staff to directly elevate the profile of the PEOPLE program and the DDEEA through strategic communication efforts (e.g., internal/external presentations, publications, social media) aligned with a vision of becoming national leaders supporting student success
2. Serves on institutional and divisional committees, including the DDEEA Educational Achievement Directors Council as the official representative of PEOPLE
3. Establish strategic organizational priorities that align with the strategic directives of the DDEEA
4. Promote respect and the practice of civility in the workplace, by promoting diversity of gender, ethnicity, race, ability, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, position, job function, and years of service as crucial components in the pursuit of excellence

RESPONSIBILITIES: Develops and directs the implementation of strategic student outreach, academic support, and engagement initiatives to support student access and success, promote diversity and equity, and foster a supportive, inclusive environment. Oversees staff and the unit budget.

  • 15% Serves as the unit liaison by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for access, inclusion, and student success within the university
  • 10% Develops diversity outreach and engagement programs to contribute to the enrichment of the university community
  • 15% Directs the development of long-range and short term strategic plans and initiatives and aligns unit objectives to ensure the appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources and adherence to regulations and institutional policies
  • 20% 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
  • 15% Evaluates and implements best practices in recruitment, retention, and engagement of marginalized, underrepresented, and targeted minority student populations, leveraging data, assessment, and technology to drive outcomes
  • 10% Leads the planning and execution of advising, academic events, and programs
  • 5% Administer and manage an allocated budget including institutional, state, grant and private funding. Provide recommendations for efficiency in resource allocations, including funding streams and other resources such as volunteers
  • 5% Serves on institutional and divisional committees, including the precollege council, and managers/directors meeting, as needed
  • 5% Ensure program compliance and staff training on the policies and procedures set forth for minor protection and safety in alignment with UW-Madison Precollege Program Licensure, and State & Federal laws
INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Master’s Degree
Higher education, student services, youth development or related field

PhD or other terminal degree
Higher education administration, student affairs, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, or relevant areas of study.

– Minimum of five years experience in leading, developing and/or facilitating engagement, retention, and/or academic support programs for diverse populations in higher education, public K-12 education, and/or the government or non-profit sectors.
– Demonstrated experiences leading academic support programs and services serving underrepresented ethnic/minority and socially/economically disadvantaged undergraduates.
– Proficiency in planning and implementing overall leadership, vision, and cohesiveness for an organization.
– Demonstrated competency in budget management.
– Supervisory experience (preferably with large staffing) and familiarity with mentoring practices to create a healthy work environment to achieve strategic priorities.
– Experience working within a diverse community and demonstrated ability to promote an understanding and respect of cultural and human diversity and abilities.
– Demonstrated ability to create and maintain relationships with program stakeholders.
– General knowledge of quantitative and qualitative measures for program evaluation.
– Manage a workload in a fast-paced, high traffic area and the ability to multitask.
– General knowledge of academic disciplines, programs, and resources.
– Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills.
– Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal and organizational skills.

– A highly motivated, self-starter and enthusiastic personality.
– Knowledge and understanding of trends in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
– Knowledge of academic programming and resources focused on student retention and success in K12 and/or higher education.
– Direct experience or knowledge of college pipeline and recruitment programs.
– Familiarity with curriculum and co-curriculum development, planning, and execution.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS: UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.
WORK TYPE: Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

SALARY: Minimum $84,800 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: About the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA):

Under the direction of the DVCDI/VPCDO, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners at the university. The DDEEA’s priorities are to increase access for underrepresented minorities in STEM; eliminate the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and staff; prepare all of our students, staff, and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected; and enhance the campus climate for inclusion to ensure every constituent knows they belong. The DDEEA is comprised of administration, education, scholarship, and service programs whose work overlaps with the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability, and social justice. The DDEEA uses collaboration, leadership and seeding of new initiatives, consultative advice, and the coordination of numerous institutional efforts to support campus, Wisconsin, and the world.

About the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE):

The Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) prepares Wisconsin students to succeed in college with an emphasis on enrollment at UW Madison. The program recruits students in 8th grade and provides a support infrastructure dedicated to achieving the goals of college attainment and degree completion. PEOPLE consists of two programs: one specific to precollege students and one specific to college scholars at UW-Madison. PEOPLE differs from other pre-college programs by working with students, families, teachers and counselors to provide the sustained individual attention critical for being academically, psychologically and culturally prepared to succeed at the college academic level. Students who enroll at UW-Madison may be eligible for a four-year tuition scholarship. PEOPLE currently serves over 1,100 students across the educational pipeline (middle school to college) in the state of Wisconsin.

You can find all the DDEEA’s job openings at Learn more about the DDEEA and our work at

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.

Additional Requirements:
– Occasional travel will be required
– Some evening/weekend work will be required

HOW TO APPLY: To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

In your application materials, please include a resume, cover letter. Please also address the following items in the cover letter:

– Your direct experience working with underrepresented ethnic/minority and socially/economically disadvantaged students.
– Your direct experience working with and supporting students through scholarship, leadership, and service initiatives.
– Your experience with pre-college pipeline or college support programs serving academically talented students.

CONTACT: Sara Dawson
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

OFFICIAL TITLE: DEI Student Svcs Dir (B)(AE169)
EMPLOYMENT CLASS: Academic Staff-Renewable
The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

APPLICATIONS OPEN:SEP 15 2022 Central Daylight Time

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