UW-Madison recognizes that many university professionals are part of dual-career couples, and that the decision to accept a university position is often made based on the availability and quality of employment for a spouse or partner. The university is committed to assisting spouses/partners locate employment opportunities by offering information, personal assistance and support.
The Dual-Career Couple Assistance Program is a partnership between the Office of the Provost, departments, deans and the broader campus community, and is designed to assist the spouse/partner of new faculty and academic staff members locate employment opportunities by offering networking and career resources. However, the program does not guarantee employment.
Services and Resources
Placement into Campus Positions
The department chair or search committee chair of the faculty hire may be able to offer assistance with locating opportunities for campus positions. Couples may also utilize the Jobs at UW website to find current position openings, which is maintained by the Office of Human Resources. Funding may also be available through the Strategic Hiring Initiative for Dual-Career Couples.
Placement into Positions Off-Campus
Assistance with employment counseling, advising and referrals in the Madison area may be provided by an external employment agency. A partner/spouse should contact the Dual-Career Couple Assistance Program for an appointment to discuss career goals and resources before being referred to the agency.
The Dual-Career Couple Assistance Program is available to provide information about non-employment issues including, but not limited to, local schools, day-care, recreational programs, housing information, and cultural organizations.
The Dual-Career Couple Assistance Program offers “concierge service” to faculty and senior administrative staff candidates and their partners when they are in Madison for interviews for positions. Please inquire with Suzanne Swift for more information.