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Assistant Director for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (University Health Center)

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Director for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (University Health Center)
Position Number 3195
Posting Number F1017
Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty
Position Status Full Time
College/Division Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement
Department 300016 - Student Health Serv
Pay Rate Pay Range
Specify Range or Amount $44,000 - $46,500
Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded 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: engages with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. 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. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

James Madison University is seeking an administrative leader to oversee and coordinate education, support and advocacy for and about students with underrepresented sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Duties and Responsibilities

JMU provides comprehensive and innovative educational environments and programs, support services and advocacy for students with underrepresented sexual and gender identities/expressions, allies and the campus community. The senior leader for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Education and Support (officially Assistant Director of the University Health Center) oversees and coordinates these efforts by creating an affirming and educational atmosphere that supports JMU’s commitment to diversity. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director for Education, Advocacy and Prevention and supervises a graduate assistant and student staff.

This position is focused on students – their learning, development and achievement – and on creating environments for student success. As such, it is responsible for:
1. Establishing effective relationships with campus partners and community organizations to support students with underrepresented sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
2. Planning, implementing and evaluating relevant programs and services for students that facilitate learning opportunities within the JMU community.
3. Building strategic and collaborative relationships with JMU departments to support students with underrepresented identities relating to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to create an inclusive community.
4. Managing a programmatic, resource and gathering space dedicated to students with underrepresented sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
5. Contributing to relevant needs assessment, strategic planning, program evaluation and outcomes assessment.
6. Appointing and/or overseeing Graduate Assistants, practicum students, interns, volunteers and the Advisory Board.
7. Representing SOGIE Education and Support on key university groups and committees.
8. Coordinating the JMU Safe Zone Program.
9. Serving as a referral source and providing consultation as needed to JMU students.


• Master’s degree in student affairs administration, higher education, counseling, gender studies, social work or related area.
• Three or more years of relevant experience, preferably full-time in a college or university setting working with underrepresented gender and sexual identities and issues.
• Ability and willingness to focus on creating, implementing and assessing high-quality, high-impact educational programs.
• Ability to communicate goals, issues, needs and opportunities to a wide range of people.
• Ability to effectively supervise/guide/coach graduate, student and professional staff.
• Evidence of organizational/administrative skills such as organizational communication, policy development, resource management, program evaluation, planning, data management and reporting, decision-making, event management, etc.
• Experience advising and supporting students.

Criminal Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 08/04/2017
Beginning Review Date 09/04/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 01/02/2018
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer 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, 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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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • Charlottesville Daily Progress
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Employee Referral
    • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • JMU JobLink
    • Job Fair
    • NCAA
    • Northern Virginia Daily
    • Nuevas Raices
    • Other Referral
    • Phone Inquiry
    • Richmond Times Dispatch
    • Roanoke Times
    • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
    • US Military Pipeline
    • VA Jobs Website
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Walk-in
    • Washington Post
    • Winchester Star
    • Other
  2. * If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.

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