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Assistant Director for Communications & Engagement - University Recreation(UREC)

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 22, 2023

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Assistant Director for Communications & Engagement - University Recreation (UREC)

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Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement


300034 - University Recreation (UREC)

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$48,000 - $54,800

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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

University Recreation (UREC) is accepting applications for an Assistant Director for Communications & Engagement. The mission of UREC is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and supportive services. UREC's qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of their participants. UREC looks for people who are passionate about teaching and working with students. UREC's award-winning main facility is 278,515 square feet of recently expanded and renovated space.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • COMMUNICATIONS: Collaborates with UREC professional staff to ensure up-to-date and easy-to-understand information is accessible for programs, events, services, facilities, and departmental information. Works with the UREC Services Specialist to ensure content on the UREC website, registration website and temporary facility signage is accurate and up to date. Coordinates representation at campus informational fairs.

  • ENGAGEMENT: Develops strategic plan to prioritize promotional engagement efforts. Responsible for the design and delivery of promotional materials. Responds to requests from students, faculty, and staff to advertise within UREC. Works with the UREC Services Specialist to schedule and submit information for digital signage, email campaigns, and UREC radio messaging.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT: Responsible for authorizing, monitoring and responding to all social media communication on behalf of UREC in line with university policies. Develops content to build awareness of UREC offerings to promote student engagement, learning and program participation. Responds to requests from students, faculty, and staff to advertise through UREC social media channels. Coordinates photography/videography for the department and manages storage and access to these files.

  • LEADERSHIP: Provides supervision, leadership and mentorship to 10-12 marketing student employees and a graduate assistant. Hires, trains, mentors and evaluates these staff members in compliance with all applicable university guidelines. Conducts 1:1 and staff meetings as required to manage projects and timelines.

  • ADMINISTRATION: Collaborates and coordinates with Student Affairs and Health and Wellbeing communications and marketing staff. Serves as an active member of the Professional Staff Evening Facility and Program Supervision Team on a rotating basis. Maintains a filing and record keeping system. Prepares budget proposals and manages fiscal resources within area. Serves on committees as assigned.


    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree.

    • Two or more years of related professional experience (two years of a graduate assistantship can count as one year of professional experience).

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    • Ability to teach project management skills and develop student staff.

    • Experience managing social media on behalf of an organization or business.

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Master's degree in related field.

      • Experience providing leadership and supervision to student employees.

      • Basic skills in photography, video and website management.

      • Works well on a team and embraces diversity and inclusion.

        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.

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        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 jobs@jmu.edu. 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 http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

        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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        Additional Posting Information

        JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

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