Student employment opportunity: CARE Program and Administrative Support

CARE Program and Administrative Support

Calling detail-oriented and dependable School of Nursing students! Are you looking for a good paying job that will amp up your resume? The UW-Madison School of Nursing’s Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) seeks a student with excellent organizational and communication skills to join our team.

CARE, which has offices in Signe Skott Cooper Hall, supports discoveries that improve aging, and builds the skills and capacity of those who care for older adults.

CARE is one of the best places to work – on or off campus. As part of a small, passionate and close-knit team, you will be called upon to do a wide variety of tasks, from the basic (scheduling meetings, making copies, taking notes) to the complex (editing manuscripts, performing social media audits, supporting educational programming). You will have many opportunities to develop an array of valuable skills. We ask that you bring your attention to detail, conscientious work ethic and excellent communication skills to every task, no matter how small.

Pay range is $12-15/hour to start, based on relevant work experience and expertise. This is an 8-15 hour per week job (more hours may be available in the summer), with flexibility in scheduling. The student must be available for at least one year, including summer.

The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Is flexible and adaptable – projects and priorities can change quickly
  • Can handle multiple tasks and projects at once
  • Is unafraid to ask questions
  • Is self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Communicates well and appropriately within a wide variety of contexts and with a diverse group of people
  • Completes high-quality work efficiently
  • Works well as part of a team
  • Is eager to learn new skills and information
  • Has a good eye for detail, while remaining cognizant of the big picture

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for nursing education and practice, interprofessional collaboration and older adult health
  • High-level knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with organizational use of social media platforms
  • Excellent command of English (both oral and written)
  • Experience with content management systems such as Moodle/Totara, Canvas, Drupal, WordPress, or similar a plus

The following skills are not required, but are desirable:

  • Graphic design and/or layout design experience, such as using InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop
  • HTML/CSS knowledge
  • Experience using Salesforce

As an added bonus, you’ll be working in one of campus’s newest buildings, with sit-to-stand desks, walking stations, a coffee shop, fireplace, a rooftop garden and lots of natural light. You’ll be invited to join in workplace celebrations and social engagements within and outside of Cooper Hall.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Graduate students: note this position is not currently eligible for tuition remission.

TO APPLY, send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to Peggy Rynearson at To ensure consideration, submit your application by Sunday, October 21.


The previous CARE student hourly, who is graduating after three years of employment, has the following advice for applicants:

“The CARE team is extremely supportive, but you will need to demonstrate a high level of drive and independence in order to succeed. Working with CARE requires a lot of flexibility, since you are supporting multiple projects. The needs of projects can change quickly and without much warning. Staying organized and keeping good records of your projects is crucial! You should be able to prioritize with some independent judgment, with the knowledge that you may receive new, more urgent tasks. At the same time, you should never be afraid to ask for clarification or help when you need it. Your colleagues want you to succeed, and if you enjoy a quick-paced work environment, this is an excellent place for you!

“This position offers many opportunities to be involved with exciting projects and learn new skills; your experience and contributions will be valued (and both internally and publicly acknowledged where appropriate), and CARE encourages you to share your ideas and perspectives.

“Collaboration is the name of the game at CARE, so being able to contribute meaningfully to larger projects is important.  You do not need to be a nursing student or have any experience with aging or older adults in order to thrive here. However, you should be able to internalize and apply what you learn with CARE to each of your tasks.”

This post was authored by Diane Farsetta Farsetta on 10/04/2018.