Evaluation and Program Development Specialist


  • Full-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-07-08

The Evaluation and Program Development Specialist provides research and implementation support for the development and evaluation of Extension programs within the Agriculture and Natural Resources Institutes. The primary purpose of this position is to:

  • Support program development efforts, design and conduct evaluations, analyze and interpret evaluation data, and visualize and share evaluation results and recommendations
  • Teach and provide professional development on those topics

This position works closely with other evaluators, specialists, Institute Directors and Program Managers.

The position will support development of individual and program-level plans of work; provide professional development for colleagues on evaluation and program development; develop and conduct program evaluations; provide leadership for development of overall organizational program development and evaluation priorities and methodologies; and support related cross-organizational data analysis and evaluation initiatives.

The position is part of the Office of the Associate Dean for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Development within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension and will join a dedicated team of evaluation and program development specialists. Extension offers timely access to university research and knowledge through educators and specialists in 72 county offices, on five 4-year campuses and within three tribal nations.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills to foster a collegial working environment.

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and also as a valuable means for transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research.

  • 10% Collects and analyzes increasingly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 20% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 20% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
  • 20% Develops and implements increasingly complex research methodologies, procedures, and criteria
  • 15% Reviews and edits protocols to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency
  • 15% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding


Required: Master’s degree, with degree focus and/or course work related to the responsibilities of this position such as program development, evaluation, education, survey and/or social science research methods, etc.



  • Experience developing evaluation plans
  • Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments
  • Experience developing evaluation summaries, briefs, and reports including data visualization
  • Demonstrated success in data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to present data and findings effectively, i.e., orally, in writing and visually/graphically
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Evidence of effectively working independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to interact and work with a range of individuals with a high-level of professionalism, flexibility, judgment, and tact


  • Experience evaluating programs in agriculture and natural resources content areas
  • Experience in outreach education and program development
  • Familiarity with Extension and land-grant university programs
  • Grant writing experience


Patrick Robinson
(920) 465-2701

To apply for this job please visit jobs.hr.wisc.edu.