WIDA Assistant Director of Standards

UW Madison - Madison, Wisconsin or Remote - Full time

Job Summary:

The WIDA Assistant Director of Standards position is located within the Educator Learning, Research, and Practice (ELRP) team and will report to the Director of Professional Learning Curriculum. This position will be responsible for managing the roadmap for WIDA's English Language Development (ELD) and Spanish Language Development (SLD) standards frameworks, including professional learning content and implementation resources to support educators. The Assistant Director of Standards will manage a team of content developers and work cross-functionally to support research-based updates to the standards frameworks and their associated resources. For more detailed job expectations, please visit our website: https://wida.wisc.edu/about/careers. 

Working fully remote is an option for this position within the United States (working remotely internationally is not an option). Requests to work remotely would need to be reviewed based on the UW and School of Education (SoE) remote work policies and go through the SoE implementation process. To learn more about these policies, visit https://businessoffice.education.wisc.edu/human-resources/remote-work/. WIDA values linguistic and cultural diversity both as an end and a means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates. For more information on WIDA's Mission and Values, please visit https://wida.wisc.edu/about/mission-history

Responsibilities: Plans and leads operational, outreach, and promotional activities of a research program and serves as a subject matter expert.

  • 30% Plans and directs the day-to-day operational activities of one or multiple research programs or units according to established research objectives in alignment with strategic plans and initiatives
  • 20% Assists in the development, coordination, and facilitation of trainings and workshops for internal and external audiences to disseminate research program developments and information
  • 10% Plans, develops, and implements processes and protocols to support research aims
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 20% Serves as a unit liaison and subject matter expert among internal and external stakeholder groups, collaborates across disciplines and functional areas, provides program information, and promotes the accomplishments and developments of scholars and research initiatives
  • 5% Monitors program budget(s) and approves unit expenditures
  • 5% Develops policies, procedures, and institutional agreements on behalf of the program

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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


Required Master's Degree in education or a related field.



* Minimum 3 years of experience in K-12 curriculum development and/or the development and alignment of K-12 standards.

* Demonstrated knowledge of the field of second language acquisition, including the use of English language development (ELD) and Spanish language development (SLD) standards, the role of academic language in content learning, and research-based instructional practices.

* Experience in the development of organizational systems, ongoing strategic planning, administration, and management of projects, deadlines, and budgets.

* Experience with the development of professional learning content for educators across various mediums.  

* Superior writing, communication, and organizational skills.

* Proficiency in using digital tools for coordinating workflow and documenting plans and outcomes.

* Experience supervising and coaching a team and contributing to strategic planning.

* Multilingual or bilingual/biliterate in Spanish.


* Familiarity with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) and Spanish Language Development (SLD) standards.

* Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning and andragogy/adult learning.

* Direct K-12 classroom experience supporting multilingual learners.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $90,000 ANNUAL (12 months)Depending on Qualifications. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see: https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/ https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf.

Additional Information:

What is WIDA? For nearly 20 years, WIDA has provided a trusted, comprehensive approach to supporting, teaching, and assessing multilingual learners. We are an educational services organization that advances language development and academic achievement for multilingual children in early childhood and grades K-12. In short, we provide educators around the world with high-quality language standards, assessments, professional learning, and research. We are proud to be a part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW-Madison's nationally ranked School of Education. Visit https://wida.wisc.edu/about/careers and watch our Introduction to WIDA video to see why WIDA is an incredible place to work!The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, 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. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research. WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (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. For more information and news about our center, please go to https://wcer.wisc.edu/.

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit:- A cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position.- A current resume or CV.- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

UW Madison

For nearly 20 years, WIDA has provided a trusted, comprehensive approach to supporting, teaching, and assessing multilingual learners. We are an educational services organization that advances language development and academic achievement for multilingual children in early childhood and grades K-12.
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