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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Working Title Executive Director, Madison Center for Civic Engagement Position Number 3232 Posting Number F2085 Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Arts and Letters Department 100139 - Dean - College of Arts and Letters Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position? No
Position Summary Information
About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement invites applications for the position of Executive Director to begin July 1, 2023.

The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement is a nonpartisan entity with the mission to educate and inspire people to address public issues and cultivate a just and inclusive democracy. JMU Civic builds year-round education and engagement initiatives with students, faculty, and staff; integrates civic learning opportunities in courses and programs across campus; provides resources for students to learn about and discuss public issues; collaborates with JMU's Center for Assessment & Research Studies to assess campus-wide civic learning; and works alongside community, state, and national partners on civic learning initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement's work on campus, in the community, and within the state and national dialogue of leveraging higher education to strengthen democracy. Under the current strategic plan, the executive director leads advancement of four major goals:

  • Institutionalize voter education and engagement as a year-round endeavor (e.g., supervise creation and implementation of annual Voter Engagement Plan; strengthen climate for political learning and engagement throughout the campus experience; collaborate with units across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Athletics to embed voter education into pre-existing programs)

  • Increase capacity (e.g., collaborate with University Advancement to raise funds for Madison Center; apply for internal and external grants supporting civic learning and engagement initiatives; manage development and participation of external advisory board; manage development and participation of internal advisory board)

  • Integrate civic learning in courses, academic programs, and student life (e.g., collaborate with academic units and faculty to embed civic learning opportunities into courses and programs; collaborate with the Center for Faculty Innovation and other units to provide faculty development opportunities for civic learning; collaborate with student organizations to integrate civic learning in programming; manage JMU Civic Faculty Fellows program)

  • Support civic learning and democratic engagement across the university, Virginia, and the nation (e.g., coordinate closely with the president's office; present at relevant national and state-wide conferences; publish scholarly research on civic learning and engagement; create pathways for undergraduate Democracy Fellows to participate in national and state-wide dialogue on civic learning and engagement; maintain and strengthen ongoing collaboration with relevant national organizations)

Other duties include:
  • Serve as direct supervisor for Associate Director and Program Coordinator. Mentor graduate assistant, post-graduate and undergraduate Democracy Fellows and interns
  • Manage unit's budget and human resource needs
  • Collaborate with JMU Civic staff and JMU faculty to develop and implement community-facing programs and town halls on salient public issues
  • Collaborate with the Center for Assessment and Research Studies to facilitate a campus-wide civic engagement assessment program, per relevant SCHEV policies and procedures
  • Represent Madison Center through service on relevant university-wide committees (e.g., Engagement Advisory Group; Community Engagement Coordinating Council; Holocaust Remembrance Program)
  • Serve on College of Arts and Letters Executive Committee
  • Advocate for intentional alignment between civic engagement initiative and JMU's diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Teach one to two courses per academic year in your affiliate academic unit (affiliate academic unit will be determined by the disciplinary background and expertise of the successful candidate), and/or in other relevant units, such as the Honors College
In addition to a terminal degree in a civic engagement related/adjacent field, the position requires an active record of scholarly and professional achievement and strong teaching experience at the college level . A record of working with diverse faculty is strongly preferred. A record of successful administration of a center, institute (or similar) is preferred.
Conditions of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date 12/20/2022 Beginning Review Date 02/16/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2023 EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
Reasonable Accommodation Request
If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
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Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting Additional Posting Information
Applicants will submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for references, and a statement of inclusive excellence.

The two- to three-page cover letter should answer the following questions:
  • What motivates you to apply for this position?
  • What strengths and challenges do you see for the Center? Share and explain your vision.
  • How do you describe your leadership style? For example, what opportunities and collaborations do you envision for the Center moving forward?

The statement of inclusive excellence-a roughly one-page, single-spaced document-should elaborate on the candidate's past efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging in the unit/college/University/profession. The statement should also describe how the applicant would propose advancing these values in the Center.

Please address any questions to Bethany Blackstone, search committee chair (