University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Agricultural Technology and Family Farm Institute
Title: OUTREACH PROGRAM MANAGER II
Appointment Type: Academic Staff
Full-Time Salary: $36,000 plus benefits
Date Position Available: October 1, 1995
End of Initial Appointment: 9/30/96 with possibility of renewal
Application Deadline: September 5, 1995
Contact Person: Richard Klemme, Director, Center for Integrated
Agricultural Systems; Campus Address: 1535 Observatory Dr.; U.S. Mail
Address: CIAS, University of Wisconsin, 1450 Linden Dr., Rm. 146, Madison,
WI 53706; Ph. 608-262-5201; FAX: 608-265-3020.
Degree and Areas of Specialization
. Ph.D. in a social science or interdisciplinary field, with an emphasis on
agricultural technology change, social studies of agricultural science, or
. Experience in sustainable agriculture and with sustainable agriculture
. Familiarity with the social science and related literature on sustainable
agriculture and environmental aspects of agriculture.
. Familiarity with land-grant administrative and organizational structures
and with the institutional roles and concerns of researchers and educators
involved in sustainable agriculture.
Minimum Number of Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience
. Two or more years of experience leading large collaborative research,
education or outreach projects.
. One or more years of experience in preparation, editing, and production of
. Two or more years conducting research and developing educational
materials, preferably materials pertaining to the role of agricultural
science and technology in shaping the quality of rural life.
. One or more years of experience in conducting focus groups and/or
. Two or more years of administrative experience, and demonstrated ability
to manage a project budget and large grant portfolio.
. Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals.
. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
. Demonstrated ability to build teams and facilitate dialogue among
organization members and others with diverse backgrounds and opinions.
. An established track record of publication on sustainable agriculture
1) Serve as the Organization and Development Director of the Consortium for
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Assist Consortium members
in building their individual, collective and institutional capacities for
sustainable agriculture research and education, and nurture the development
of the Consortium as an organization.
a. Organize or assist the organization of UW Madison-based Consortium task
force activities pertaining to building the capacities of individuals,
organizations and institutions to conduct research and education supportive
of a sustainable agriculture and food system. Work with UW-Madison CIAS,
Agricultural Technology and Family Farm Institute and other staff and
faculty who have developed capacity-building expertise in formulating and
carrying out these activities.
b. Work closely with, and provide staff support to, the Consortium's
Governing Council and Executive Committee, in directing, maintaining, and
developing the organization.
c. Raise funds to support Consortium member capacity-building activities,
and to ensure organizational longevity. Manage UW Madison-based grant
budgets and member dues, and assist the Executive Committee with oversight
of the Consortium's overall budget.
d. Supervise project staff (part-time program assistant; part-time outreach
specialist pending additional grant proposal approval).
e. Serve as a networking hub; edit, write for, and publish the Consortium
newsletter with contributions from members and staff (first six copies of
the Consortium News available on request).
f. Edit, publish and disseminate task force reports, and otherwise assist
Consortium members in raising the visibility, understanding, and capacities
for sustainable agriculture research and education.
g. Represent the Consortium's capacity-building efforts in public fora.
2) In cooperation with UW-Madison ATFFI faculty and staff, lead the
Consortium's task force on the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture
and Agricultural Science.
a. Conduct and publish the results of investigations that improve common
understanding of how alternative directions in agricultural research and
development shape the social structure of the food system.
b. Lead and engage the task force in planning and developing a "professional
development module" on sustainable agriculture and the quality of rural life.
c. Publish module materials and create a workbook that extension agents,
faculty with research/extension appointments, farmers and other
professionals can utilize as needed to address quality of life concerns.
d. Deliver or provide technical assistance for use of the professional
development module in the North-Central Region and assist task force members
in making it relevant and available for use in other regions.
e. Work with Consortium task force members to develop and implement
evaluative procedures, educational materials, and interactive workshops
designed to improve capacities of scientists and research administrators to
evaluate and design agricultural research for its relevance to
sustainability and the quality of rural life; and to improve the
methodologies and predictive capabilities of technology assessment.
Rick Klemme, Director
Center for Integrated Ag. Systems
College of Ag. & Life Sciences
146 Agricultural Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5201
Fax: (608) 265-3020