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Director of Youth Programs

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Director of Youth Programs
Position Number 3779
Posting Number F1031
Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Department 531270 - IIHHS Personnel
Pay Rate Pay Range
Specify Range or Amount $48,000 - $53,000
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

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

The Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS) engages students in career preparation by promoting scholarship, providing interprofessional learning experiences, and connecting our campus with communities through innovative programs that advance the quality of life. The Institute houses several outreach programs that support the health, education, and well-being of children, youth, and families in Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County, Page County, and beyond.

This position oversees the planning, organizing, and directing of operations of youth programs at IIHHS include the Reading Road Show-Gus Bus, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program, and the Future Forward program. Programs and projects are primarily funded through local, state, federal and foundation grants.

Duties and Responsibilities

Chief Objective: Oversees the planning, organizing and directing of operations of IIHHS youth programs.

Key Responsibilities:
• Support JMU’s and IIHHS’ mission and vision to provide outreach programs to the community and provide quality experiential learning and opportunities to JMU students.
• Oversee management of IIHHS youth program funding sources and responsible for ensuring grant compliance.
• Manage program/project budgets, staffing, student volunteers, and progress toward program goals and objectives.
• Govern the initiatives of IIHHS youth programs and special projects.
• Conduct grant research and grant development for IIHHS youth programs and special projects.
• Manage special projects and programs for the Institute for Innovation in health and Human Services.
• Oversee public relations for IIHHS youth programs.
• Work in collaboration with other agencies in our locality, region, and state around the issue of youth development to utilize all available resources, avoid duplication of services, and ensure that JMU is
• Take a leadership role in strengthening region-wide community relationships.


• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a leadership role.

• Grant writing and fund development experience.

• Grant management experience.

• Ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures related to grant compliance.

• Experience leading collaborative projects.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with young adults, agency professionals, office staff, and community members.

• Experience with youth development activities.

• Experience with public relations strategies.

• Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Excellent communication skills.

• Excellent organizational skills.

• Excel at taking initiative in an independent work environment.

• Possession of leadership qualities.

• Ability to simultaneously plan for the long-term and meet short-term goals.

Criminal Background Check

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/08/2017
Beginning Review Date 10/09/2017
Closing Date 10/08/2017
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Starting Date 10/23/2017
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

To apply, please complete the staff application and attach the following:
• Cover Letter
• Resume

Applicants also will have the option to attach a professional writing sample. Professional writing sample instructions: Grant writing, research and technical report writing are essential functions of this position. Please provide a professional writing sample that demonstrates your ability to conduct these functions.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Professional Writing Sample

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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