Full Time Position Opening: Field Director, United Council of UW Students United Council is a student lead and student directed statewide student association representing over 150,000 University of Wisconsin students across 21 member campuses. United Council’s mission is to represent all students in the University of Wisconsin System and advocate for them on issues of higher education pertaining to value, quality, and student experience. Field Director: • Directly Reports to the Executive Director
• Responsible for developing strategy for statewide campaigns
• Responsible for overseeing and managing statewide campaigns across United Council Campuses and integrating non-member campuses into United Council’s work
• Outreach and network with underrepresented student communities and organizations, and connect them with the Inclusivity Director as needed
• Supervise regional field staff, student campaign workers, and campaign/field related interns
• Manage field systems and processes, including field metrics, reporting for campaigns and field related grants, and accountability systems for the regional field organizers
• Develop and implement campus visit strategy to increase student involvement and proactively manage travel budget and campaign budgets and materials
• Actively engage students to organize and advocate on their own behalf as part of United Council campaigns
• Work directly with students at UW-Madison to organize around United Council campaigns and support campus based activities
• With the Executive Director and regional field organizers, plan and coordinate annual membership campaign (referenda)
• With Executive Director, serve as a liaison for United Council to coalition partners and other organizations to facilitate joint organizing efforts
Organizational Responsibilities: • Work to fulfill the organization’s promises to membership, which include: o Students are heard, supported, and enabled to affect change o United Council’s presence in government is respected and valued o The quality and value of both education and the student experience is continually improving and maximized o United Council recognizes and advocates for the University of Wisconsin System’s link to the prosperity of the State of Wisconsin
• Share responsibility for facilitating research, development, and implementation of programs, services, goals and platforms identified by the Board of Directors and the Convention.
• Work cooperatively on developing and facilitating trainings, writing publications, building campus and community coalitions, visiting campuses, running the annual membership campaign, and aiding students in organizing other campaigns.
• Sound goal setting and planning mechanisms shall be applied to all work actively generated by or delegated to the office; the process shall involve needs assessments, formal goal setting, clear plans of action, and evaluation.
• Ensure that the office is a positive, nurturing working atmosphere
• Provide stability and continuity for the organization and the interests it represents.
• Serve as a resource to member campuses and facilitate individual and campus members in the exchange of information and ideas and program implementation
• Attend all conventions, statewide meetings and conferences.
• Frequent in-state travel, late hours, including weekends.
Recommended Skills and Knowledge: • Experience working with traditionally underrepresented communities, such as, but not limited to, women, students of color, LGBTQ students, differently-abled students, and non-traditional students • Full-time staff experience working with students to develop grassroots campaigns • Experience working within university governance (student government, student fees, etc.) • Grassroots organizing skills in: recruitment and retention, leadership development, advocacy/lobbying, strategic planning, social media, and external communication • Understanding of the state and federal legislative process and structure of the UW System • Experience in staff management • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Experience working collaboratively and independently in a variety of situations • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment and adapt to a variety of situations • Must have a valid driver’s license, personal car not necessary • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, not required.
Salary and Benefits: Full time position, $38,000 / year, paid vacation, paid holidays, health and dental insurance. How to Apply: Please send the application, a resume, cover letter, three references, and a 1-2 page writing sample to the address below by email or postal mail to be received by 5pm on December 14th, 2011. Emailed applications are preferred. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter, with phone interviews available upon request. Additional materials may be requested. Projected start date: January 9th, 2012. Mailing address is 14 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 212 Madison, WI 53703. Please Contact Nicole Juan, Executive Director, (608) 443-9185, for more information. United Council is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer: Women, people of color, persons who are differently-abled and people identifying as LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.