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

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Working Title Assistant Director - Centennial Scholars Program Position Number 7957 Posting Number F2236 Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty Position Status Full Time College/Division Student Access and Inclusion Department 100576 - Centennial Scholars Program E&G 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 Centennial Scholars Program (CSP) is committed to increasing access to higher education for talented first-generation Pell grant-eligible students from the Commonwealth of Virginia. We provide academic resources, connect students to campus programs, facilitate a successful transition to college, and support students' success while they earn a college degree. CSP strives
to recruit and retain highly motivated scholars representing diverse experiences and communities from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Earning a college degree can alter the trajectory for an individual, family, and community. We seek to build a community dedicated to personal and professional success by empowering students to achieve their educational goals.


  • Academic Success: Achievement and attainment of educational goals to provide growth, opportunities, and empowerment for the future.

  • Community Service & Engagement: Collaboration with community partners to increase perspective, empathy, and a sense of civic engagement by investing in the community that has invested in our students.

  • Student Centered: Our programs and practices are informed by research-based theories and models of student development. Every student has unique educational goals, needs and challenges. The program will work to meet individual student needs and consider student input and feedback.

  • Diversity: Creation of an inclusive space that promotes respect, authentic student voices, and access to opportunities for all individuals regardless of their background or lived experience.

  • Integrity: Promotion of consistent ethical decision-making, holding oneself accountable, and encouraging these attributes in others by fostering trust and building strong relationships.

  • Belonging: All students are valued, supported, and accepted in the Centennial Scholars' community and the campus learning environment.

The Centennial Scholars Program at James Madison University accepted its first class of students in 2004 and has over 700 graduates as of 2022. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director for First Generation Student Success in the Division of Access and Inclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities
The position is responsible for providing leadership and supervision for Centennial Scholars support services and staff. Primary responsibilities include:

Student Mentoring and Advising - The position will work directly with Centennial Scholars participants supporting academic success, navigating barriers and developing plans for career pathways or graduate school enrollment. The Assistant Director will be responsible for a caseload of approximately 75 students monitoring academic progress and program compliance.

Leadership and Supervision - Supervision of graduate assistants and student employees serving as program mentors.

Marketing, Website and Social Media - Oversee informational campaign for the student application and selection process. Build communication strategies highlighting program and university opportunities. Train and supervise students for social media communications.

Event Support - Assist program staff with special events, student workshops and the applicant review process.

Collaboration - The role will work within the Reddix Center for First Generation Students and with Valley Scholars to identify opportunities for program collaboration supporting first-generation students. Provide professional guidance and advising to the Madison First-Generation Society.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with a minimum of two year in public education, student development, counseling, or other related area.
  • Demonstrated commitment for a strengths-based approach to student development through inclusive engagement of students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to shift between working independently and collaborative team projects.
  • Experience with caseload management for documentation, client support and outcomes tracking
  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience is student affairs in higher education.
  • Knowledge of student advising theory and practice.
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 08/03/2023 Beginning Review Date 09/01/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 10/01/2023 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.
Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
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.
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