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Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Dept of Program & Policy Chief (Food Safety Programs) - Career Executive
State of Wisconsin

Job Announcement Code(s): 15-00419



Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:

    Program & Policy Chief

Type of Employment:

Full Time (40 hrs/week)


Annual salary will be between $64,728 - $77,256 depending on qualifications. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary and will be based on transaction type and the provisions of the State Compensation Plan. Pay band 81-02. Career Executive. A two-year Career Executive Trial Period may be required upon appointment.

Special Qualifications:

Occasional travel for meetings is required. A criminal background check will be completed prior to any offer of employment.


Alison Scherer, HR Director, 608-224-4761,

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Deadline to Apply:


Exam Information:

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The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) employs a diverse mix of people in the service of the State of Wisconsin. We work hard to protect and promote Wisconsinís agricultural industries and consumers. We recognize that our success hinges on the high quality, dedicated staff that we employ.

Job Duties:   Under general direction of the Division Administrator, serve as a member of the management team and participate in strategic planning, setting overall policies, and assisting with decision-making processes which affect operations as well as division and department goals.  The position plans, consults, and provides personnel management and coordination of the fiscal operations for the division.  This position serves as a back-up to the Administrator and provides support in the administration of a current budget of $17.2 million consisting of federal and state programs.

To view a complete position description, click here.

Special Notes:   Occasional travel for meetings is required.  A criminal background check is required prior to any offer of employment.

Current state employees with Career Executive status or former Career Executives with reinstatement eligibility to Career Executive status need only apply with a resume and a letter of interest that addresses relevant experience in supervision (including discipline and performance management) as well as program support related to budget and strategic planning.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   


  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of program management and policy analysis; this includes the ability to manage program work plans.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of budget development and management; work may also include fee analysis and grant research activities.


  • Thorough knowledge of personnel management and supervisory practices (e.g., hiring, discipline, grievance processing, performance evaluation, training, AA/CRC, etc.).


  • Considerable knowledge of principles and techniques of oral and written communication, including effective report writing and interpersonal skills.


  • Knowledge of research techniques, data collection, and effective data analysis.


  • Considerable knowledge of resource allocation (e.g., staffing needs, equipment, monetary resources, etc.) to meet program needs and objectives.


  • Strong analytical and problem resolution skills.

How To Apply:   

To be considered for this position, you will need to create an account and apply online.  For instructions, refer to the following link: How do I apply on-line and take an on-line exam? 

You will be required to upload a current resume and complete a civil service examination.  For questions or if you need assistance contact me at or 608-224-4761.

These application materials are an examination of your qualifications.  The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next steps of the selection process.  Please continue to monitor your Wisc.Jobs account for exam results.

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