Director of the Human Development & Relationships Institute (APPS DUE: MAY 23)

May 09, 2018

The University of Wisconsin, Cooperative Extension is searching for a Director of the Human Development and Relationships Institute. The Director will provide organizational, cross-disciplinary and creative leadership for the new Human Development and Relationships Institute. This full-time role will be responsible for strategic, financial, and operational oversight of the institute’s programming, including parenting, child development, caregiving, healthy relationships & family dynamics, adult development & aging, and financial security & literacy. The Institute Director provides administrative leadership in all areas of institute operations, vision, program development, evaluation and implementation; external partnership development; development of financial resources and budgetary administration; and human resource development and administration. The director will support the institute’s contribution to scholarly applied research and knowledge exchange as part of delivering evidence-based education, outreach, and programming. Successful applicants will be considered for ranked faculty status, but this is not a requirement of the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field, such as human development and family studies, psychology, social work, education, sociology, and consumer science with at least five years of work experience;
  • Proven ability to maintain and develop successful relationships with partners across disciplines and geographies;
  • Experience in planning and managing strategic initiatives;
  • Demonstrated experience in programming and research related to human development, child and family wellbeing or consumer science in topics such as financial literacy and financial capability; parent, caregiver, community and organizational support to promote positive child outcomes, early childhood education, and adult development and aging.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets and strategic initiatives;
  • Significant successful supervisory experience, including recruiting, hiring and training staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.


  • Doctorate or Terminal degree in a related discipline;
  • More than five years of supervisory experience involving multiple, full-time direct reports;
  •  Working knowledge of Cooperative Extension and land-grant institutions;
  • Established track-record of building partnerships with people of cultural backgrounds different from one’s own;
  • Proven ability to attract extramural funding.


For more information and an online application please go to our website. The online application, with all required documents, must be received by May 23, 2018. For questions regarding this position, please contact or Search Committee Chair, Prof. Stephen Small ( For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159.

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