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Coordinator for First Year Student Staff

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 23, 2023

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Coordinator for First Year Student Staff

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Administrative and Professional Faculty

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Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement

100218 - First Year Experience

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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
The at James Madison University (JMU) welcomes applications for a unique to JMU staff cohort hire. This hire will consist of four student-facing positions. Positions hired in this cohort will be housed within the Office of Residence Life/Conference Services, the University Career Center, and Office of Orientation and Transition, and Student Life. You will have the opportunity to apply for a single position within the cohort or apply for multiple roles.

The benefits of participating in a cohort hire at JMU include:

  • Transition to campus with group of peers from around Student Affairs
  • Shared onboarding process
  • Streamlined interview process where you can be considered for multiple positions

    At JMU, we aspire to be the best place to work in student affairs in the country. This cohort is one of many ways JMU is uniquely seeking to build an exceptional employee experience. Other notable benefits for all members of this cohort include:

    • Immediate access to tuition remission for two classes and one lab per semester
    • Competitive retirement and health care programs with flexibility for various life stages and personal priorities
    • Excellent time off and departmental openness to hybrid work options

      The Division of Student Affairs includes University Career Center, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Community Service-Learning, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Disability Services, Student Accountability & Restorative Practices, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression, Orientation and Transition, Residence Life, Student Life, University Health Center, University Recreation and University Unions. The division is an integral part of the campus community and works collaboratively with the other divisions of the university in supporting the mission, vision, and values of the university. Successful candidates will embody the values of Student Affairs at James Madison University and will infuse these values in their day-to-day practice.

      • Focusing on Students
      • Leading Courageously
      • Transcending Boundaries
      • Creating Belonging
      • Embracing Innovation and Change
      • Honoring and Valuing Our Staff
      • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

        The James Madison University is accepting applications for a Coordinator of First Year Student Staff. Orientation & Transition programs at JMU include Summer Orientation, a one-day summer orientation program for students and families, hosted in June and July, Weeks of Welcome programs at the beginning of the fall & spring semesters, and other transition programs. The Orientation Office is also supported by a team of over 300 student staff who guarantee success of these initiatives. The Orientation & Transition team is a student-centered, team-oriented environment that values student development coupled with expectations to encourage students to become active and authentic members of the university community.

        Each position will be selected through an innovative practice called cohort hire. The search committee hiring for this position will be selecting candidates for four other positions. If you would like to be considered for multiple positions within the cohort, you can submit your application for these other positions:

        • Application Instructions:You can use the same cover letter and resume for each position. Completing the job specific application is the only additional step required to be considered for other positions. We welcome applications for individual roles. There is no expectation that candidates apply for multiple positions.

          Duties and Responsibilities
          The Coordinator's primary responsibility will be to recruit, hire, train, and supervise a staff of about 30 undergraduate students who implement our one-day Orientation and Weeks of Welcome programs. An important responsibility of this position includes the selection and training of a competent and diverse orientation student staff team and requires constant collaboration with campus partners and community constituents. The Coordinator will also supervise and train a graduate student assistant to support a learning plan that provides growth and development. The Coordinator is responsible for implementing training and workshop programs which model the mission and values of the Office of Orientation & Transition Office while also developing upper-class leaders and building academic, social, and peer connections for new students.

          Successful candidates will possess the ability to meet the functional needs of the home department and engage in work holistically to help JMU become an institution where every student has the opportunity to thrive. JMU prioritizes the staff experience and is also engaging in this innovative hiring practice for student affairs in order to emphasize communal experience. Through this process, you will be collectively onboarded to maximize learning and build a community devoted to staff development work at JMU.


          • Experience managing student staff or volunteers
          • Commitment to student development
          • Record of commitment to inclusiveness
          • Experience utilizing data to drive decision-making
          • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
          • Ability to communicate with a variety of constituents
          • Master's Degree/ Bachelor's Degree with 1+ years relevant experience

            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 . 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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