Job Board: March 28, 2014

Mega/Major Project Coordination Engineer at Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Application Due: N/A

Description: This position is the liaison between the Major Project Teams and the division, the Federal Highway Administration and other state agencies. This position is responsible for ensuring that all mega and major projects meet project development standards. This work involves independently facilitating, guiding and supporting various engineering and administrative activities involved in the many phases of improvement projects, from development of completed plans, specifications and estimates that comply with current environmental laws and regulations to the final completion of the various construction projects.  These actions requires a thorough knowledge of the engineering aspects, policies, procedures, and processes required for project development.  This position may communicate with other State and Federal agencies, public officials, and the general public in regard to the Major projects.

 

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Accountant Finance Operations at The MENTOR Network

Application Due: n/a

Description:  Reviews and proofs weekly accounts payable vouchering.  – Maintains depository account records for multiple companies including the monthly reconciliation of these accounts.  – Assists with establishing, modifying, documenting, and coordinating implementation of accounting and accounting control procedures.  – Provides general accounting support to business organizations. Prepares selected work papers for various audits.  – Ensure Sarbanes Oxley compliance with all assigned areas and other audit requirements.  – Performs other related duties and activities as required.  Qualifications and Requirements:  – Bachelors degree in accounting or related field  – One to two years experience in accounting or related field. Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services in more than 30 states to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges as well as their families.

 

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Customer Service Representative at John Derre

Application Due: n/a

Description: As a Customer Service Representative for John Deere Financial located in Madison, WI, you will research, resolve, and respond to customer’s questions and requests received via phone, e-mail, fax, and mail, regarding products and services.In this position, you will: work closely with department team members in order to maintain required service levels, document customer interactions and product/service issues and enter descriptive information online in order to provide history and track issue resolution, track trends in customer and product concerns and inform/provide feedback to appropriate departments or units, evaluate disputes between customer opinion and company actions and explore alternative solutions to resolve disputes, troubleshoot and assist customers accessing customer self-serve website, and escalate complex questions for resolution, while referencing single or multiple screens and/or documents to resolve issues.

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Office Operations Associate, Wisconsin Rapids at Wisconsin Division of Transportation

Application Due: N/A

Description: This position is responsible for providing front door services to the North Central regional transportation office.  This position is also responsible for serving as the Region Fleet Coordinator and the Facilities Coordinator. This position defines and tracks facilities management issues for the Wisconsin Rapids sign shop and serves as the liaison with Department of Administration facilities staff in the Wisconsin Rapids State Office Building.  Good public relations skills are imperative due to the volume and flow of customers. This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining a high level of customer service to the general public helping to resolve complaints, and work with other operation units within the department. This position functions closely with other staff to work as a team.  This position may also assist management with reviewing and developing processes in specific program areas for the region (fleet calendaring, fleet mileage reporting, and telecommunications) and helping make programs more efficient within the region. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s North Central Region is currently looking to fill an Office Operations Associate position from the upcoming Office Support exam.  This position will be located out of the Wisconsin Rapids office.  Starting pay is $14.108/hour.

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Joint Facilities Coordinator at Alliant Energy

Application Due: N/A

Description: Please see our website for a complete job description. Alliant Energy is currently recruiting for a Joint Facilities Coordinator to work in our Madison, WI office. The ideal candidate will have an Bachelor’s degree AND two or more years experience in joint facility and related contract administration OR six years of professional experience in joint facility and related contract administration. No relocation will be offered for this position. To apply for this challenging opportunity, please complete our online application for job #549BR at  www.alliantenergy.com/careers. The application deadline is April 8, 2014.

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Senior Infrastructure Engineer at QBE Insurance

Application Due: N/A

Description: The Senior Infrastructure Engineer will deliver technical infrastructure services by designing, maintaining and supporting the infrastructure environment, analyzing business requirements and assisting with the resolution of complex issues to ensure usability and alignment with business objectives.  Essential Job Responsibilities: Support and maintain hardware, software and connectivity components by analyzing the functionality of infrastructure framework and designing and planning major upgrades and changes to ensure reliability and availability Support team member development by reviewing and analyzing complex infrastructure issues, communicating feedback to team members, sharing knowledge, responding to inquiries and providing recommendations on best practices Manage the installation, maintenance and monitoring of hardware and software tools by analyzing business requirements and defining standards and quality criteria to ensure consistency and alignment with company initiatives Provide support for infrastructure framework by responding to escalated issues, troubleshooting errors and developing technical solutions to ensure implementation of process improvements.

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Talent Development & Delivery Unit Manager at American Family Insurance 

Application Due: N/A

Description: The Talent Development and Delivery Unit Manager oversees the design, development, and delivery of corporate and claims training solutions. Works collaboratively as a member of the Human Resources division leadership team to attain division and company goals and objectives and delivery quality HR services to the organization.

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Portfolio Lead – Personal Lines at QBE Insurance 

Application Due: N/A

Description: Contribute to the development and execution of the annual business plan and its context to drive agency performance in assigned geography. Lead and participate in meetings to offer recommendation for improving products based on trends seen in agency performance. Develop, define and recommend best practices to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Participate in independent underwriting quality control review as needed.  Actively monitor internal and external sources of information and ensure communication of market conditions and competitive pressures to stakeholders in assigned territory.

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Telecom Engineer at Alliant Energy

Application Due: N/A

Description: In this role, you will work with the integration and support of telecommunication engineering concepts, fundamentals, and theory for RF propagation. Support SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) RTU communications path and knowledge of SCADA protocols. Practical and hands on knowledge of microwave networks, channel bank operation, site grounding, two-way radio systems, point to point and point to multi-point microwave systems and radios, single mode and multi-mode fiber systems, and DC battery systems. This position may be filled at a higher level depending on candidates experience. Performs work on a variety of assignments of moderate scope and complexity using established procedures under limited supervision. Develops an awareness of customer needs and expectations and propose solutions for moderately complex issues. Participates in the identification and solution of problems falling within assigned area of responsibility with guidance from supervisor.

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Assistant Museum Director at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Application Due: April 21, 2014

Description: Independently prepares work plans, review progress, evaluate outcomes, and adjust work plans as necessary to reach intended outcomes and deliverables. Assists Museum Director in all aspects of daily operations, policymaking, and fiscal and administrative functions; this complex work is performed with a high degree of independence and discretion. Oversee the measurement of outcomes to work plans including the maintenance of reports on specific performance measures including weekly attendance and revenue reports; implement plans of improvement when necessary.

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Wade House Historical Site Director at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Application Due: April 14, 2014

Description: Formulate, develop and manage fiscal resources in accordance with the Society’s policies and strategic initiatives: Develop and recommend operating and capital budget requests, develop annual operating budgets for the site, including revenue and attendance projections and efficiently manage budgets,  control the operating budget within established expenditure limits, develop annual capital budget maintenance requests for the buildings and structures on the site, develop and manage an annual work program that identifies major activities, staff responsibilities and timetables for completion and monitor their accomplishment.

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I, Too, Am UW-Madison

Black students at Harvard College recently started social media photo and video campaigns via Tumblr and YouTube to underline the ways in which they have felt silenced on their campus by their peers and collegiate administration.  “Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned– this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard.”  So far, the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign has been garnering national attention and other colleges are following suit.

The multicultural student body at the University of Wisconsin-Madison organized the “I, Too, Am UW-Madison” movement in response to the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign.  Their goal is to illustrate how their experiences as students of color unfortunately go hand-in-hand with racially-based and culturally-based assumptions and questions from their peers and colleagues about who they are and and what their purpose is on this campus.  “We hope this will serve as a demonstration that the experiences of students of color at Harvard and Oxford resonate across campuses in the Midwest, like at Iowa State, and most likely can be echoed throughout the nation. We hope this campaign will lead to serious discussions about race on our campus, and on campuses nationwide.”

Here are just a few of the pictures from the “I, Too, Am UW-Madison” website.

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Job Board: March 21, 2014

Communications/Special Events Internship (unpaid) at American Diabetes Association

Description: The American Diabetes Association is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States that is a resource for people with diabetes and its complications. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of people affected by diabetes.

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Retention & Student Success Team at Saint Louis University

Application Due: n/a

Description: Saint Louis University’s Student Success Center is excited to announce a newly developed Retention & Student Success Team that will work primarily with at-risk first-year students. Now accepting applications for one Program Director and six Student Success Coaches who will provide individualized, ongoing outreach for students identified as at-risk for factors including academic success, financial, and socio-emotional issues.  Find out more about employment in the Division of Student Development at Saint Louis University at www.slu.edu/studentdevelopmentjobs.   Apply online at jobs.slu.edu

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In the News: Transmisogyny & Jared Leto’s Oscar Win

Jared Leto recently won 8 awards for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s a film about an HIV positive man who creates an organization as a front to sell smuggled non-FDA approved medication to other people living with HIV. Although the film has been successful and Leto has received an abundance of praise, there’s some controversy of his portrayal of a trans woman.

In a Time article, Steve Friess says people should not applaud Leto for his performance. Friess claims Leto’s praise echoes that of Hattie McDaniel’s performance as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” and that ” it’ll be another moment when liberals in Hollywood, both in the industry and in the media, showed how little they understood or empathized with the lives of a minority they imagine they and Leto are honoring.”

Autostraddle posted an article detailing an interaction where protestors called Leto out for transmisogyny. Trans Hollywood’s Tumblr breaks down Leto’s acceptance speeches and deconstructs how the language he uses marginalizes transgendered people and is insensitive towards the trans community. Many people have noticed and called attention to the trend that historically cisgender people play transgender roles, and then receive awards and credit for it (like Hilary Swank and her academy award for playing Brandon Tina in Boys Don’t Cry).

Should a trans woman have played Rayon in the film? If a trans woman had played the same part and given the same performance, would she have won an oscar? These questions cannot be answered definitively but they are shedding some new light on trans representation in Hollywood and across the nation.

 

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew to Become Malcolm X is a children’s picture book written by Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter.  The book invites young readers to learn about the life of Malcolm X, while highlighting life lessons of strength, caring for those around you, individuality, and self-reliance.  Furthermore, it examines how before becoming one of America’s most influential political figures that he too was once a child, giving readers a unique perspective on the life of Malcolm X.  Shabazz was interviewed by Joy Reid via MSNBC on February 23, 2014 about this book and what it means for her to share these family stories about her father.  In the interview, she says, “I thought it was important to understand the values that went into a young boy to become a Malcolm X,” emphasizing the role of childhood values and how they intertwine with social justice.

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Shabazz also wrote Growing Up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X in 2002.

Job Board: March 14, 2014

Outreach and Programs Coordinator at Campus Women’s Center

Description: Interested in working in a feminist collective making a difference on campus and gaining valuable professional experience? Apply for a position at the Campus Women’s Center! We will be hiring an Outreach Coordinator and Programs Coordinator. Each position is 20 hours a week, and we will be accepting applications until April 14th. Contact Aubrey Winkie at cwc.volunteer@gmail.com for more information!

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Administrative Assistant – Legal at American Family Insurance

Application Due: n/a

Description: This person performs the administrative assistant functions for one of American Family Insurance Group’s Executives. Responsibilities include maintaining effective and confidential working relationship with the Executive and his/her staff in the normal performance of their duties. Works under a minimum amount of supervision. In the executive’s absence ensures that requests for action or information are handled in a timely and appropriate manner. The position requires a wide variety of executive administrative functions at a high level of performance, accuracy, dependability, confidentiality and a thorough knowledge of the organization, operation of the company, and office routine.

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UW Staff Spotlight: Rain Wilson

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Rain Wilson, playwright, spoken word poet, and educator, was hired as the Creative and Academic Advisor for the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Initiative at the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester.  Her artistic and educational work revolves around empowering African Americans, women, and other marginalized groups of people.  Within her short time here at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she has already brought her play, “Jungle Kings,” to life on campus in the 1st annual Multi-Cultural Theater Festival.  Currently she is leaping forward with First Wave students to ignite an impactful women’s history month event at the end of March, working on launching a program with First Wave to do writing and performance workshops within the women’s prison in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and preparing for her one woman show, “Ink Never Dries,” which will be performed later in the year.

Wilson was attracted to the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Initiative scholarship program because she admired the opportunity that First Wave students have to connect with the art of spoken word as cohorts within an academic setting where they do not have to feel isolated like she often did when she was in college.  She also valued the element of activism within the artistry that she saw from various students in the program.  First Wave was something that she just knew that she had to be a part of.  As the Creative and Academic Advisor of First Wave, her goal is to utilize the experience that she has gained as an artist in order to inform and mentor students who possess a similar passion for theatrical performance and poetry. “I would like to facilitate the exploration of collaborating with one another as a collective to reach a common goal.” Continue reading