Program Leader


Current position is with Dane County Human Services.The position is located at 2306 South Park St. Madison WI.

Starting hourly salary of $24.77 with further increases to $32.55, Dane County offers a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees.  The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties

Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Under supervision of the Neighborhood Intervention Program (NIP) supervisor, provide daily support and supervision to youth involved in the REPLAY Program, a Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)/ Dane County Department of Human Services alternative school program for 7-9th grade boys. During summer months, complete job functions as assigned by supervisor which may include providing supported employment to youth and support to other staff working in the community. Work may be involve youth identified as gang-involved or at-risk of gang-involvement and with a history of unsuccessful involvement in traditional school programming.

Examples of Duties
Plans, develops, conducts and/or supervises a variety of group programs/activities developed for youth including recreational programs, basic study skills, and field trips; identifies and/or recruits targeted youth for participation and follows up with individual youth as needed; monitors youth referred to the Neighborhood Intervention Program (N.I.P.) for services; assesses service needs for children, youth and families through interviews including home visits and supervisory contacts; prepares and provides written and oral reports; monitors and maintains records; arranges transportation for youth.Education, Experience & Special Requirements

Requires any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in social work or closely related human services field.  (A bachelor’s degree in social work or closely related human services field is preferred although equivalent training and experience will be accepted.)  Also requires at least two years work experience with youth having behavioral and emotional problems, and have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with minority youth.

Special Requirements: Possession of or eligibility for a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, a good driving record, and access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation.  Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record.  However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of adolescent behaviors and the ability to relate firmly and fairly to juveniles; knowledge of gangs and gang related issues; knowledge of counseling techniques; knowledge of community health and welfare resources for juveniles; oral and written communications ability including the facility to write clear and accurate records; ability to make reasoned decisions in situations of tension or pressure; ability to plan, organize and implement N.I.P. program objectives efficiently and effectively; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with agency staff, local officials, volunteer staff and the general public; ability to make community needs assessment; ability to provide direct services to individuals and the development of programming to meet community needs.


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