LIFE (Learning is For Everyone) Program Coordinator - Special Education - 13827


The College of Education and Professional Studies seeks an Outreach Program Manager II (LIFE Program Coordinator).


The LIFE Program Manager will serve in a teaching and leadership capacity within the LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program, which is a postsecondary on-campus program for young adults with an intellectual disability and will be responsible for its day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include teaching in the classroom, providing oversight of LIFE staff, securing volunteer and paid employment opportunities for students in the community, facilitating weekly communication with parents, development of progress reports, providing ongoing supports and training for students at job-sites to ensure success, as well as other duties assigned by the Director of the program. This is a full time (9 month) position.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in special education and at least 3 years of teaching experience with students who have an intellectual disability. Additionally, the Program Coordinator must:
  • Have a current special education teaching license in Wisconsin or the ability to transfer similar licensure from another state
  • Possess strong problem solving, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Be highly organized, energetic, and receptive to feedback
  • Be proficient with common office and classroom technology
  • Be familiar with instructional best-practices and the field of transition
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have a willingness to respond to evolving program needs and changes in the field of education
Desired Qualifications:

Master’s degree in special education. In addition to the above, prior experience as a teacher leader and experience supporting young adults who have an intellectual disability within a transition setting.


50%   A. Provide classroom and field instruction to UWW LIFE students
  1. Daily instruction in critical content areas such as independent living skills, employment skills, social skills, self-determination, and functional academics
  2. Regularly deploy formative and summative assessments and other data collection procedures to support decision-making and attainment of student goals
  3. Assist with the development of curricular materials, lesson plans, and necessary instructional and programmatic resources
  4. Serve as primary case manager for all students upon entry and delineate this responsibility to instructors as appropriate
20%   B. Locate, secure, and maintain a network of employment and work-related opportunities for UWW LIFE students
  1. Career exploration experiences
  2. Internship experiences
  3. Paid employment experiences
10%   C. Provide routine oversight of UWW LIFE staff
  1. Bi-weekly staff meetings
  2. Training
  3. Scheduling
  4. Performance evaluations
  5. Housing visits to support RA and student needs in non-academic settings
10%   D. Engage in and facilitate dialogue with key stakeholders on and off campus
  1. Prospective and current parents of LIFE students
  2. University and college administrators
  3. Local business leaders
  4. Local community leaders
10%   E. Complete administrative duties that are necessary for successful program operation
  1. Day-to-day details related to the operation of the program
  2. Volunteer scheduling and coordination
  3. Assist with conducting prospective student interviews
  4. Assist with hosting open house and parent orientation on an annual basis
  5. Resolve student and staff issues in a prompt and professional manner

The Special Education Department hosts three bachelor degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Education: Special Education; Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education (Dual Licensure); and Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education. In addition, we offer two minor programs (one for students seeking teacher licensure in a non-special education field, and one for non-education majors), two Master of Science degree programs (one for teacher certification and one for professional development) and three post-baccalaureate certificates including the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Autism, and Transition Certificates (all fully online). Our faculty are leaders in their respective areas, are outstanding instructors, and many are known nationally for research, leadership, and/or service. For additional information, please see our website at http://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/specialed


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by February 20, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Dr. James Collins
Assistant Professor


  • Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter outlining experience and the minimum and desired qualifications of the position;
  • Resume;
  • Three (3) professional references, include complete contact information, address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
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