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Governor's Opportunity and Inclusion Fellow Policy Advisor-Limited Term Employee

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), Secretary’s Office currently recruiting to fill a Governor’s Opportunity and Inclusion Fellow Policy Advisor LTE (Limited Term Employment) position.

Limited-Term Employment (LTE) with DCF offers a challenging and valuable work experience. Limited-term positions are not permanent civil service positions, and as such, these positions do not offer the full range of benefits of civil service employment. These opportunities can, however, provide insight to the variety of positions and opportunities for employment available with the DCF. LTE positions are limited to 1039 hours per year. Additional opportunities with DCF may occur during this time.
A Limited-Term Employment is a great way to gain training and experience while also serving the children and families of Wisconsin!
All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.

This position may allow remote work for a portion of the work schedule up to 100% depending on the employee’s preference and needs of the work unit. Any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.
For positions that do allow remote work flexibility, employees must report to the nearest DCF office on their first day of employment. In addition, the employee may need to report to a DCF office location on short notice. There is no mileage reimbursement when traveling to the headquarter location. Our DCF locations are in the following cities: Madison, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Rapids, La Crosse, Rhinelander, and Fond du Lac. 
High speed internet access is required to meet the needs of remote work.
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Position Summary

The Governor’s Opportunity and Inclusion Fellow Policy Advisor is in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office of the Secretary and reports to the DCF Secretary. This position serves as the principal policy advisor leading the planning, development, and implementation of the statewide Immigrant Integration Priorities Strategic Plan. This position provides key outreach, engagement, and leadership to carry out and support the Governor’s Office and the DCF Secretary’s immigration integration policy goals. This position provides key policy advice on major policy initiatives to the DCF leadership, the Governor’s Office, and other state agencies responsible for unique programs impacting Wisconsin’s immigrant population. This position is responsible for cross-systems collaboration and coordination with other state agencies that result in helping state agencies make concrete improvements to integration programs and service delivery. This position will also conduct extensive outreach to a wide array of external policy leaders, stakeholders, and community-based organizations across Wisconsin around unique policies and programs with significant economic and social impact on immigrant populations, including refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders, victims of trafficking, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, and all other immigrants and aspiring citizens seeking opportunity, safety, or reunification of family.
Also, as a member of the management team, this position will focus on connecting key stakeholders and community organization leaders to address complex, sensitive policies and programs related to the inclusion of immigrants in civic, social, and economic life resulting in expanding their opportunities, strengthening communities, and stimulating the economy. This position will advise on fundamental policy, program, and structural changes which have significant impact on agency and state’s resources, and which will act as a foundation for the Immigrant Integration Priorities Strategic Plan as it relates to immigrant populations, programs, and services.
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Salary Information

The starting salary is between $31.45 and $52.65 per hour ($65,416 and $109,512 annually), depending on qualifications. Pay for current State of WI employees will be based on the compensation plan in effect at the time of the appointment. The pay schedule/range is 18-00.

Job Details

Due to the nature of the position, final candidates may be required to allow DCF to conduct a security background check to determine whether the circumstances of any pending charges or convictions would be substantially related to the job being filled.
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DCF sponsorship.) The Department of Children and Families does not sponsor visas, either at time of hire or at any later time.


Minimally qualified applicants will have:
  • Education or experience developing and implementing solution-focused strategic plans (recommending potential funding opportunities, developing measurable long and short-term attainable goals, etc.)
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders (state and local agencies, community-based organizations, busines groups, foundations, educators, etc.) to identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration, leveraging resources, and/or building capacity
  • Experience developing complex human services policies, best practices, or new program initiatives
Well-qualified applicants will have:
  • Experience working with immigrant populations including providing or overseeing the provision of direct services, developing policies or programs, working with stakeholders in the immigration arena, developing strategic plans for services, etc.
  • Experience working in a professional leadership position in an organization that serves immigrants in some capacity
  • Experience working in a multi-lingual environment

How To Apply

If you haven’t already done so, you will need to create an account and apply online. You must apply online to be considered for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an e-mail, as a hard copy or a fax.

After you are logged in and are viewing the announcement, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume and letter of qualifications. Online applications that do not include all of the requested materials will not be considered.
Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application at DCF and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your DCF application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated by one or more subject matter experts and qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

The State of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Veterans with at least a 30% service-connected disability rating should contact the HR Specialist listed in this posting regarding eligibility for consideration under the non-competitive appointment process.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the application process to apply.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on October 17, 2021. If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact, Hayley Westerby at 608-422-6412 or via email at
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