Arts Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Division of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arts Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Deadline: March 16, 2023

Job summary: The Arts Outreach and Engagement Coordinator is a liaison between the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts and communities on and off campus. This position coordinates key outreach and engagement programs and builds an infrastructure of positive connections that support strong relationships with campus partners and with the local creative industry and community.

The Division of the Arts is an administrative unit that reports to the Provost’s Office. Led by a faculty director, the Division of the Arts unifies and catalyzes the arts at UW-Madison and is the only campus-wide unit solely dedicated to the arts. We support and promote the missions of the academic arts departments and affiliated partners, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, deepen the student experience, build community engagement, and advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the arts.

The Division of the Arts is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Learn more about working for Division of the Arts and UW-Madison at https://artsdivision.wisc.edu/opportunities/employment/

Responsibilities: Organizes the development and delivery of outreach programs, including the responsibility for staffing. Assists with policy development and organizes resources to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences.

  • 10% Directs the implementation of program policies and procedures
  • 20% Identifies, promotes, and maintains internal and external partnerships to promote the outreach program
  • 30% Schedules and secures logistics and resources in support of an outreach program
  • 15% Schedules day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
  • 5% Identifies opportunities for program improvement or new outreach program development
  • 10% Assists with coordinating activities and providing facilitation for ongoing and new engagement initiatives
  • 10% Monitors the program budget and approves program expenditures


  • Represents the Division at partner events in the community and on campus in order to seed mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations
  • Serves as lead on student funding programs (Artivism Student Action Program, Arts Business Competition)
  • Serves as lead on Arts Together events to build community among faculty, staff, and students
  • Supports signature Division events for faculty and staff such as Arts Forward Together and Creative Arts Awards
  • Develops and implements strategies to engage arts student organizations
  • Assesses and makes recommendations for the Division’s affiliate program
  • Oversees student and community sponsorship requests and fulfillment
  • Serves as project administrator on the “Arts for Everyone, Everywhere: Interdisciplinary Arts Outreach Initiative” project through 2025
  • Supervises student interns working in the area of student engagement, ensuring they contribute to the work of the Division while also building professional skills

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

Education: Preferred Bachelor’s Degree


– At least 1 year of professional or volunteer experience engaging or serving members of the community
– Ability to interact positively and build relationships with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds
– Strong commitment to and professional, personal, or lived experience related to increasing equity, diversity, inclusion, access, and belonging
– Ability to coordinate, prioritize, balance, and follow through on multiple, simultaneous projects and responsibilities with strong attention to meeting deadlines
– Ability to collaborate with a team, including effectively organizing and communicating using excellent written, verbal and active listening skills
– Ability to provide clarity, structure, and support for student interns
– Ability to plan and successfully run public events
– Flexibility to work on evenings and weekends

– Experience or demonstrated aptitude in gathering and analyzing data and assessing program success
– Knowledge and appreciation of the arts
– Ability to speak a language in addition to English (ideally Spanish)

Work type:

Full or Part Time: 80% – 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Salary: Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The expected salary range for this position is $55,000 up to $70,000 for highly experienced candidates. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, professional development opportunities, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf.

How to Apply: Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button above to create or update a UW-Madison Jobs profile. We ask that you upload a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience and skills as they relate to the qualifications listed for this position.

Contact: Kory Breuer
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. 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: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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).

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