Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin – Madison — Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The person in this position will be a trusted leader in multiple areas: As a subject matter expert they will have a deep understanding of all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will be a critical resource in making WCER a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Leveraging broad knowledge and experience, they will help WCER create, review, and revise policies with a DEI focus.

As a strategic leader they will support center-wide learning by developing and leading targeted workshops and other training offerings based on needs identified in data collected by WCER. They will collaborate with the School of Education and campus Offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to align priorities and opportunities for learning.

As a trusted colleague they will create and maintain a safe space for colleagues across the center to turn to when experiencing DEI-related issues or strategizing growth in this area. They will engage with empathy and compassion and provide resources for resolving workplace concerns.

The successful candidate will have a continuous improvement mindset and must possess the ability to effectively interact and communicate strategically with employees, principal investigators, and administrative leadership. The position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills, and the ability to work under pressure to meet multiple demands while maintaining high service standards. All work is done in a collaborative team environment in support of WCER’s values and strategic goals.

Develops and assesses programming and initiatives, may assist in staff supervision, and provides operational management for diversity and inclusion programs to foster a supportive institutional culture.

20% Plans, executes, and evaluates diversity and inclusion programming initiatives
20% Schedules logistics and secures resources to support the daily operations of one or more programs
20% May participate in the hiring, supervision, management of staff, interns, and/or student workers, and resolve personnel issues
20% Monitors the unit or program budget and approves unit expenditures
10% Collaborate with the School of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) on the development and implementation of initiatives, guidelines and plans. Includes regularly attending meetings with OEDI and other campus partners
10% Consults and advises leadership on strategic initiatives accross operational areas

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

Bachelor’s Degree
Candidates with educational backgrounds in education, business, human resources, and other social science fields of study are preferred, as well as candidates with prior professional experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with demonstrated success in developing, leading, and managing diversity and equity initiatives and programs designed to address institutional and structural racism in a government, municipal, or non-profit environment, including the design and implementation of new policies, procedures, and programs.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of full-time experience directly related to the management of training programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Translate strategic goals into tactical plans with clear actions, accountability, and goals to promote equitable DEI practices.
  • Partner with the senior leadership team to integrate DEI into core decisions throughout the organization.
  • Collaborate with HR and other leaders on sourcing, hiring, and retaining diverse candidates. Develop programs to attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce.
  • Advise on ways to improve WCER’s climate and culture, ensuring we foster a culture that is inclusive, innovative, continuously learning, and proactively leverages multiple dimensions of diversity.
  • Develop and deliver training opportunities to educate employees on how to recognize, accommodate, and appreciate individual differences. Use adult learning best practices to effectively reach audiences.
  • Serve as a change agent to provide solutions, resources, and training on DEI-related topics.
  • Build relationships throughout the Center, Division, University, and throughout the UW-Madison community with cross-functional subject matter experts to ensure alignment and focus on diversity and inclusion in all practices.
  • Research and develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of diversity initiatives implemented.
  • Stay current on emerging issues and trends in DEI work and makes recommendations as there are opportunities.
  • Create a safe space for employees and provide them with the appropriate resources to resolve issues.
  • Collaborate and work with various stakeholder groups to achieve strategic DEI goals
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understand the unique DEI concerns and issues for researchers. Have knowledge and/or insights about DEI issues that intersect with human subjects’ concerns in the full range of research activities. E.g., tribal IRB engagement
  • Be knowledgeable or learn about the key campus resources (EAO, etc.)
  • Connect researchers to translation and interpretation services

Full Time: 100%

Currently, employees at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) work in a hybrid environment, partially onsite and partially remote. The balance of face-to-face and remote work schedule for this position will be discussed at the time of hire. This role has more face-to-face responsibilities than remote ones.


Minimum $70,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The minimum salary for this position is $70,000. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. Further, employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and saving accounts; retirement benefits.

WCER, established in 1964 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly ranked public School of Education, is one of the first and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER’s researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people.

Our center has helped scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years.

WCER’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.

At WCER, all employees share five fundamental organizational values. These values guide the purpose and quality of our work:

  • Innovation and Excellence. Continuous improvement is a driver for excellence. We innovate and improve in our work to advance education through leading research and development.
  • Equitable Education. Equitable education is essential to a healthy society. We aim to reverse imbalances and injustices in education through our work.
  • Affirming and Increasing Diversity. Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. We actively affirm and seek to increase such diversity in our center.
  • Healthy Workplace. The well-being of our workplace enhances success for all. We commit to a workplace based on mutual respect and transparency.
  • Partnering Across Differences. Diverse backgrounds and expertise improve the quality of our work. We collaborate across disciplines, methodologies, organizations, and communities to strengthen our research and development outcomes.

WCER’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and WCER. Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

WCER’s Strategic Goals:

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, and awareness of positionality needed to integrate DEI into the center’s daily operations.
  • Improve and expand the center’s services equitably to students, academic and university staff, and faculty.
  • Use problem solving, experimentation, learning from diverse experiences, and efficient transfer of knowledge to achieve our mission.
  • Promote high-quality, community-connected local, state, national and international research on education.
  • Expand and diversify sources of funding for research.
    For more information and news about our center, please go to https://wcer.wisc.edu/

Please click on the “Apply Now” button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a cover letter addressed to Franchesca Beswick, a current resume, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references.

Franchesca Beswick
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