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

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Working Title Professional Development Specialist - Talent Development Position Number 7572 Posting Number F2270 Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty Position Status Full Time College/Division Human Resources, Training and Performance Department 100343 - Talent Development Pay Rate Pay Range Specify Range or Amount $65,000 - $70,000 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 Talent Development Department of James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for the Professional Development Specialist (PDS) position. The PDS provides leadership toward staff development as part of the Talent Development Department, in the Human Resources, Training and Performance Unit. The PDS is part of a team of five who provide instructional design, administrative oversight, instructor-led training, event management, marketing, and organizational development facilitation for classified staff, wage employees, and administrative and professional faculty. The PDS is primarily responsible for program planning, content development and delivery, and recruiting and developing Volunteer Facilitators. The Talent Development Department has three well-equipped and dedicated facilitation spaces.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) facilitates unique workshops and departmental retreats and creates new workshops that enhance the performance of staff as they work to support the JMU mission. The PDS applies knowledge of business needs assessment to establish a training calendar that provides a range of practical skills and principles that relate to the needs of both individuals and managers.

The PDS increases the workshop delivery capacity of Talent Development through identification of opportunities for blended-learning content creation, creative recruiting and use of Volunteer Facilitators, collaboration with other JMU Divisions, and recruiting and supervising a Graduate Assistant.

For all TD curated content, the PDS sets clear learning objectives, creates and maintains high-quality materials based on Adult Learning Theory principles, and evaluates outcomes for impact to performance.
Required qualifications include:
  • Either a master's degree or comparable experience in human resource development, adult education, or a related field.
  • Experience creating and delivering customized instructor-led professional development interventions.
  • Experience overseeing and facilitating organization development (OD) and change management interventions for diverse groups.
  • Working knowledge of and experience using adult learning theory in creating and facilitating professional development activities for adult learners.

Preferred qualifications include:
  • Experience recruiting, developing, and supporting volunteers.
  • Experience managing and creating eLearning modules and using electronic learning management systems.
  • Skills related to Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
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 09/14/2023 Beginning Review Date 10/15/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 11/10/2023 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.
Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting Additional Posting Information
To apply applicants must submit the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit