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Wisconsin Government Southeast Regional Director in Wisconsin

Department of Workforce Development

Southeast Regional Director - Career Executive

Job Announcement Code(s): 21-00541



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Southeast Regional Director

Type of Employment:

Full Time (40 hrs/week)


Starting salary is between $59,217 and $97,676 per year depending on qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits. A 2-year Career Executive trial period will be required. The pay schedule-range for this position is 81-02. Pay will be set according to the State Compensation Plan in effect at the time of appointment.



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Are you looking for a great career opportunity that can make a difference in thousands of lives? The Division of Employment and Training (DET) currently has a vacancy to serve as a Workforce Development Area (WDA) Director.This position will directly supervise clerical and professional staff, counselors, lead workers, and supervisors in WDAs 1 and 2, which covers Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Walworth counties. Please refer to the WDA mapthat identifies the specific areas covered by each WDA.

Our programs are designed to help workers, job seekers, and employers by promoting occupational skill attainment, employment opportunities, job retention and increased earnings. Over the last five years, nearly 51,000 individuals enrolled in our programs and thousands more received assistance not requiring enrollment.

This position is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI at 4201 N. 27th Street. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and other business needs, the person hired into this position may be permitted or required to work remotely. High speed internet access is required for remote work. This position is not intended to work remotely on a permanent basis.

The State of Wisconsin offers an exemplary benefits package with ample leave time, excellent insurance options (health, dental, vision, life, and more), a top-notch retirement program, and much more. For more benefits information, view ourbenefits overviewor more in-depthbenefits e-learning. We love to Work for Wisconsin!

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for planning, directing, managing and evaluating the delivery of a number of employment related services as a key partner in local Job Centers and is administratively responsible for the management and supervision of Job Service staff and teams within the assigned Workforce Development Areas (WDA). This position will be assigned to WDAs 1 and 2, which covers Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Walworth counties.

This position provides leadership and allocates resources necessary to implement the division-s mission, goals, and objectives within the WDAs. This position assures WDA field office sensitivity and responsiveness to the Division-s direction by: monitoring, setting and achieving objectives in compliance with state and federal regulations and policies of the Division; assisting the WDA offices (job centers) to interface with the Divisional and Departmental management support services, local partner agencies, and job centers; and coordinating Division programs and activities with those of other Divisions of the Department and local job center partners.

To learn more, view the fullposition description.

Special Notes: Finalists for this position may be required to allow DWD work conduct a background check or other checks to determine whether the circumstances of any convictions may be related to the job being filled.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e. a US citizen or national or a lawful permanent resident) at the time of appointment. DWD does not sponsor visas and is not an eligible OPT employer for those with F1 visas. This is not a contract position. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

When social distance requirements are no longer required, this position will be required to travel frequently within the state.


Minimally-qualified applicants will have experience related to the followingrequired qualifications:

  • serving in a formal supervisory role overseeing employees performing administrative support, professional and/or program-related functions (e.g. supervisor, manager, etc.). Includes responsibilities such as assigning work, hiring, discipline, evaluating performance, employee development, etc.

  • managing programs, services, or processes that involved exposure to performance monitoring, reporting, or planning/coordinating the use of resources;

  • excellent skills in communications, building stakeholder relations, and issue resolution.

Well-qualified applicants will also have experience related to the followingpreferred qualifications:

  • supervising subordinate supervisors or supervising staff in different locations;

  • guiding or leading the implementation of strategic plans, initiatives, or policy change;

  • representing a program to clients, partner agencies, or others through presentations, trainings, discussions, negotiations, and/or collaboration;

  • working with workforce development related programs or partners (e.g. workforce development board or similar).