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Research Communications Coordinator

By December 28, 2021
  • Full Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Applications have closed

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Use your communication and research skills and join our team as a Research Communications Coordinator (Program and Policy Analyst Advanced)! This position is headquartered at the Hill Farms State Office building in Madison, WI.

WisDOT is a great place to work! In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:

Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and ample accrued sick time that rolls over each year.
Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits (health plan options start at just $36/month for single plans and $89/month for family plans after two months of employment)
A casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and telework options depending on the position’s requirements
An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being
In addition to our generous employee benefits, we strive for inclusivity and celebrate different religious holidays and cultural observances and provide flexibility for utilizing paid time off for such celebrations. For more information on WisDOT you can visit our website by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an organization dedicated to creating transportation solutions through innovation and exceptional service. We are committed to fostering an environment rooted in Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Accountability.  Click here to learn more about how we apply these values in our work.

Position Summary
This position is responsible for the technical development, evaluation, and implementation of communication strategies for continuous improvement, research programs, and strategic initiatives within the Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives Bureau of Performance Improvement, Research, and Strategic Initiatives.

This position develops, coordinates, and evaluates the components needed for communication and outreach programs for the Bureau Performance Improvement, Research, and Strategic Initiatives. Specific tasks include policy analysis, planning and evaluation of the research Knowledge Management (KM) program including: defining target audiences and stakeholders; establishing goals and strategies for implementation of the KM program ; determining methods and options to disseminate results of research; establishing priorities for research communication activities; receiving and responding to specific requests from internal and external stakeholders; writing and editing research briefs and other documents;  developing stakeholder and management presentation materials; managing the division Research Program, MAPSS and Continuous Improvement Internet websites; and leading bureau, communication activities.

Salary Information
This position is in schedule-range (07-03) with an annual salary of $56,160-$74,880, plus excellent benefits. A twelve-month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan.

Job Details
WisDOT does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check which may include FBI fingerprinting.

Certain positions within this Department may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process. For positions that do allow remote work flexibility, although residency in the State of WI is not required for permanent positions, it is not anticipated that working outside of WI or bordering cities will be allowed as positions may at times need to report to office locations in WI on short notice.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

Qualified applicants will have all the following:

•    Experience communicating with a variety of stakeholders using both written and verbal means (Communications may include problem solving issues, discussing business needs, preparing written materials, responding to inquiries or questions, presenting information etc.)
•    Experience with program or project coordination (Work may include organizing and leading workgroups, organizing work related to program/project, development and implement programs, developing timetables and monitor program for progress, etc.)
•    Experience utilizing computer technologies, including Microsoft Office Suites and Visio to create electronic surveys, web content development/design, etc.
•    Experience analyzing, interpreting and implementing program policy or initiatives

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants will have one or more of the following:

•    Experience with budget or contract management
•    Experience with applied policy and program analysis techniques (e.g.  research, design, data collection, quantitative analysis methods)
•    Experience monitoring or evaluating the performance of a program or project

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