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Associate Director, Information School at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Job Number: 96740-AS

Work Type: Staff - Full Time

Department: L&S/The Information School

Location: Madison

Categories: Dead, Director, Executive, Instructional, Management/Supervisory, Other

Anticipated Begin Date: July 1st, 2019

Degree and Area of Specialization: 

Master's degree required; Ph.D. in library and information studies or related field preferred.


Minimum Number of Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: 

Required qualifications/work experience: 

  • Minimum of one year of administrative experience (3 or more years preferred)
  • Experience in managing complex budgets (3 or more years preferred)
  • Previous work must demonstrate excellent communication skills, a history of a collaborative working style, and commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse departmental culture

Preferred qualifications/work experience: 

  • Experience in a leadership or supervisory role
  • Experience teaching in online and face-to-face environments
  • Experience advising students in a university setting in Library and Information Studies (LIS) or related area
  • Ability to speak in front of others, lead meetings, and co-provide resident trainings/orientations
  • Experience in program development

Position Summary:

The Information School [iSchool] at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for the position of Associate Director. This is a leadership position involving a range of responsibilities including budgets, program development and administration, and teaching and advising Masters students. The position requires candidates to be equally comfortable with spreadsheets and people. 

The iSchool provides classes for undergraduates, Masters and PhD degrees, and certificates and continuing education for information professionals. The iSchool has a teamwork mindset that is student-focused. A successful candidate will be part of a dynamic program that values community, learning, and collaboration. 


Additional Information: 

Preferred candidates will have a track-record reflecting the following skills and knowledge: 

  • Ability to manage many detailed projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to apply data to decision making
  • Advanced skills in creating and reconciling budgets
  • Skills in teaching groups of 20 to 40 students
  • Supervision skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with campus, professional, and community groups
  • Ability to calmly address difficult situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive, positive, team-focused work environment
  • Skills in working effectively within a diverse community
  • Strong organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Adept at building interpersonal relationships with constructive interactions and communicating effectively in writing and in person



Lori Ushman
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the following link and click the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. 

An applicant may be hired into an associate faculty associate, assistant faculty associate, or faculty associate title depending upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire. 

For questions on the position, contact: Lori Ushman, iSchool Department Administrator,, (608) 263-2908 

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice. 

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above as well as examples of your collaborative working style, commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, and your excellent communication skills.


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


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