Assistant Director for Student Employment
UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid
Justin Mumford serves as the Assistant Director for Student Employment in the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this role he supports important work to engage students and bolster their experiences within part-time employment opportunities. The Student Employment team directly supports the Federal Work-Study Program as well as the Student Jobs platform, while prioritizing the successful engagement of students in a holistic student employment experience. Justin is passionate about supporting as well as advocating for the student employment experience and has over 8 years of experience as a student employee and supervisor. He obtained his Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, where his background was dedicated to student development and supporting the holistic student experience. He is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and enjoys traveling, new experiences, and good food.
The Student Employment Experience can include all aspects from recruitment to onboarding all the way through graduation. This experience represents an often times critical opportunity to not only develop critical skills, but to also establish connectedness to the institution, realize a support network, and provide financial support. In this talk I will share an overview of the holistic employment experience that we strive for as well as how it fits squarely within the Wisconsin Experience as an important priority within our office for campus and the community.
Federal Work-Study is a need-based, part-time employment program in which the government and the employer share payroll costs. The Office of Student Financial Aid has relationships with community-based non-profit organizations that employ UW-Madison students throughout the state of Wisconsin. In this talk I will share additional background into the program, ideas for engagement, as well as the important impact it can have in building capacity as well as offering opportunity for both the student and employer.
While Student Employment is traditionally considered a means to financial support, there is far more potential that often times is left untapped. The employment experience can be a critical opportunity for a student to engage in learning which connects their coursework to their job and ultimately both forward to their future career aspirations. We support this work in part with a program called WiGROW, but it can also occur in a less formalized way. Regardless of how the experience is shaped there exists significant opportunity to directly influence student learning and success. This talk will discuss some of these opportunities, including how we currently work to operationalize this at UW-Madison, as well as potential consultation or action items for improving an employment experience to meet these priorities.