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Program Manager, Sustainable Management

University of Wisconsin-Extension, Program Management

Job Title: Program Manager, Sustainable Management
Job Location: Madison , WI
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Other Administrative Positions
Application Closing Date: 06/21/2018
Date Posted: 2018-05-21
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Program Manager, Sustainable Management
University of Wisconsin-Extension


The University of Wisconsin-Extension, CEOEL is currently seeking a Program Manager for the Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Sustainable Management programs in our UW collaborative degree model. Through our collaborative model, the University of Wisconsin – Extension administers a number of interdisciplinary programs that combine curriculum, faculty, and academic support services at multiple campuses. Each collaborative program has a Program Manager who is the primary contact with the partner campuses. Each program is also supported through marketing, instructional design, media, and student services.

The Program Manager will work in concert with campus academic leads, faculty and other campus support staff at collaborating UW institutions to provide comprehensive administrative oversight and direction to these fully online programs and to other subject-related offerings. The Program Manager serves as a liaison to these campuses to establish systems, policies, procedures and business practices that support the collaborations and their effective operation. The Program Manager will also collaborate with internal team members in the development of marketing, recruitment, student services, and online courses that deliver curriculum and services consistent with the collaboration/authorization agreement, service objectives, partner needs, and operational goals of these programs.

The program manager will oversee two fully online collaborative offerings to include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management –This degree-completion program contains 63 credits (21 courses) and has an interdisciplinary curriculum covering topics including systems thinking, triple-bottom-line accounting, the economics of sustainability, natural resource management, environmental science and policy, and information systems. It is offered jointly by UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW Superior.
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Management – A graduate program with 12 courses and 34 credits, offers a core curriculum, specialty track courses, and a capstone experience covering topics including the relationship of natural, social, and economic environments; effective communication techniques; waste management; law and ethics of sustainability; sustainable design of products and communities; corporate social responsibility; leadership in sustainable organizations; and supply chain management. This program is offered jointly through a partnership between UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, and UW Superior.


  • Provide comprehensive, ongoing oversight and management to an established array of subject area degree programs.
  • Develop and manage annual program goals/business objectives and associated timelines to ensure strategy and goal achievement.
  • Lead or facilitate efforts with administrative personnel at the campuses to develop and maintain systems that align CEOEL program efforts with campus processes for admissions, transfers, degree and credit review, registration, and course scheduling.
  • Monitor all program functions, activities and outcomes; report on program performance metrics in areas including, but not limited to, marketing, recruitment, curriculum, instruction, academic supports, student services, and student success.
  • Closely monitor program growth, the effectiveness of marketing and recruitment strategies, and have routinely available up-to-date registration statistics, enrollment numbers, and budget snapshots. Develop strategies and implement tactics to drive program growth.
  • Continually seek out and identify opportunities for program and service improvement and lead the development of new subject area programs from concept through implementation and integration into the program array.
  • Build strong, collaborative, interpersonal relationships and provide regular communication with program stakeholders to include CEOEL staff, designated partners and students.
  • Monitor program budgets and ensure that expense limits are not exceeded and revenue targets are met.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Subject matter expertise in the program content area
  • 3-5 years’ experience in project or program management
  • Ability to travel up to 20%, mainly in Wisconsin


  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Program management experience in higher education or other educational services setting
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and commitment to clarity, simplicity, and transparency
  • Excellent and flexible communication skills matching message to audience needs
  • Demonstrated skills and experience providing excellent service to others
  • Excellent time management and project management skills; can effectively direct and integrate all aspects of a project or program, ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives on time and on budget.
  • Able to use knowledge and understanding of climate to make decisions and take actions that satisfy diverse interests and contribute effectively to program and division goals.
  • Fundamental understanding of higher education

Information and Application Process Instructions


A complete application will include the following:

  1. A letter of interest addressing applicant qualifications and experience as they relate to the responsibilities of the position.
  2. A professional resume.
  3. References will be requested if selected as a finalist. References must include names, email, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references including at least one current or past supervisor.

If you are a current UW Employee, visit your UW Self Service account, under Recruiting select Careers and enter 14339 into the main search field.

Please direct requests for information to:
Erika Bengtson, Human Resources Specialist

For assured consideration, complete applications must be submitted by June 21, 2018.

When inquiring or applying for this position, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-Extension and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Erika Bengtson, Human Resources Specialist as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Erika Bengtson, Human Resources Specialist
Please Apply as Included Above

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