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Migrant Education Student Advocate

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Migrant Education Student Advocate
Position Number 3178
Posting Number S1056
State Role Title Education Support Specialist III
Position Type Classified
Position Status Full Time
FLSA Status Exempt: Not Eligible for Overtime
College/Division College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Department 540496 - Migrant Education 2015-16
Pay Band 4
Pay Rate Pay Range
Specify Range or Amount $33,598 - $39,000
Is this a JMU Only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? Yes. This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon continued funding.

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program (SVMEP) at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS) at James Madison University is a year round program serving children from migrant families who come into the Shenandoah Valley to do qualifying work, which includes processing poultry, picking apples, weeding and watering seedlings and milking dairy cows. The SVMEP offers year-round advocacy and supplemental instructional services for preschool and school-aged eligible students as well as young adults under the age of twenty-two, targeting the students who are most at risk due to their high mobility and/or limited proficiency in English (identified as priority for service). The primary goal of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma or complete a GED that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment.

Duties and Responsibilities

- Support JMU’s and IIHHS’ mission and vision to provide outreach programs to the community and provide quality experiential learning opportunities to JMU students.
- Implement the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program in Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Winchester, Frederick, Fauquier and Clark for qualifying children age birth-21.
- Understand all federal regulations pertaining to the Migrant Education program.
- Collect and enter data related to the Migrant Education program, required by VDOE.
- Assist local schools and preschool programs with registering and placing students.
- Collaborate with school staff to maintain appropriate records of Migrant students.
- Train and provide tutors for students who need supplemental academic help.
- Mentor youth through completion of high school and establishment of future educational and career goals.
- Increase parent involvement through home visits and assistance with parent-teacher conferences and parent meetings.
- Interpret for appointments which directly affect a child’s education or well-being and arranging transportation.
- Offer family literacy through home visits to families with preschool-aged children.
- Provide enriching summer programs for interested children.
- Provide outreach/advocacy work to increase the quality of nutritional, health and dental care.


- Fluency in Spanish and English required (oral and written).
- Ability to communicate to a cross-section of people on a professional and personal basis.
- Ability to conduct interviews accurately and skillfully in order to determine eligibility for the program.
- Ability to follow direction.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with children, youth, adults, agency professionals, school staff and community members.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excel at multi-tasking and taking initiative in an independent work environment.
- Knowledge of available local services.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- Interpretation and translation experience preferred.
- Experience with data entry preferred.

Condition(s) of Employment

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 08/17/2017
Beginning Review Date 08/31/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 09/25/2017
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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Additional Posting Information

Please contact Kathleen Stoehr at if you have any questions. No phone calls please.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  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.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Yellow Form.
    • No
    • Yes
  4. Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) as issued under DHRM Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only) If you respond "yes" to this question, a Human Resources representative will be contacting you to obtain a copy of your Blue Card.
    • No
    • Yes