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The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country and employs more than 40,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System’s combined enrollment headcount exceeds 165,000, and the System confers more than 37,000 degrees each year. The UW System is comprised of 13 four-year universities with 13 two-year branch campuses affiliated with seven of the four-year institutions. Two of the universities (UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee) are doctoral degree-granting institutions and 11 are master’s degree-granting comprehensive institutions. The UW System is governed by a single Board of Regents comprised of 18 members. The UW System head is the President of the System. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Office of Educational Opportunity connects students, families, professional educators, and community leaders with opportunities to create, operate, and be a part of public charter schools that meet local needs, interests, and demands for 4K-12 education all across Wisconsin.

Major Responsibilities
This position is a half-time, two year appointment OEO staff member with a specific focus on special education compliance to ensure that OEO-authorized schools are meeting their contractual obligations related to state and federal IDEA law. This position will require implementing and carrying out the various consultation models.  The position will require the independent review of Special Education files from differing eligibility categories and the ability to identify any errors and make recommendations around corrective measures to be taken so that all specially designed instruction is documented properly, designed to truly meet the needs of the student, and carried out to fidelity.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Director of Special Education or Pupil Services License or Cross Categorial Special Education Teacher License
  • At least 3 years of experience specifically in K-12 Special Education
  • Skilled in reviewing IEP and 504 Plans
  • Strong knowledge of IDEA
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task without sacrificing accuracy
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Skilled in preparing and conducting meaningful trainings
  • Ability to navigate challenging situations and mitigate concerns from a variety of stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience serving as a Director of Special Education/Pupil Services

Conditions of Employment
This position is a half-time, salaried (exempt) Academic Staff Appointment. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $56,250 to $66,250 annual (which will be pro-rated on a half-time basis), commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications. UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UWSA comprehensive benefit package, you can read our benefit summary guide: Summary – Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees. Furthermore, the UW System Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator is a tool designed to provide you with total compensation information.  A hybrid work option (combination of remote work and in-office) may be available for this position.

Special Notes
The UW System is required to conduct a criminal background and sexual harassment check for final candidate(s) prior to employment.  Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the University States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Application Instructions
To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through September 8, 2022.  However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

  1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portalto submit your materials online and select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants  and click on the position title that you want to apply for.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to include your salary expectations when asked in our applicant tracking In addition, please be sure to upload ALL THREE of the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF files. Failing to include any of these documents may disqualify your application.
    1. Your cover letter MUST specifically address how your education and experience relate to the position and qualifications. Be sure to emphasize the areas outlined under “Minimum Qualifications ”
    2. Your reference page should include the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references with at least one being from a current or previous supervisor.
  3. Include a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. The UW 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 Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
  4. Submit your application.


The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and person with disabilities.

Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Senior Human Resources Manager; UW System Human Resources; at or at (608) 263-0847.