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Director - Center for STEM Education and Outreach

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Position Information

Working Title Director - Center for STEM Education and Outreach
Position Number 7584
Posting Number F1057
Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Department 100606 - STEM Outreach and Education
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
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 a Director for its Center for STEM Education and Outreach. The Center, founded in 2008 is transitioning from part-time leadership to a full-time director in order to bolster high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all K-16 students. The STEM Center works with JMU students, K-12 educators, university faculty and staff, parents, policymakers and the general public by supporting high quality curriculum and professional development and sharing the many resources of JMU (i.e. facilities, time, faculty, staff, and students) with schools across Virginia. The STEM Center serves to collaborate and connect on campus faculty, staff, students as well as K-12 educational partners with internal and external partners on sponsored projects to improve STEM learning and teaching.

The Center for STEM Education and Outreach serves as the primary point of contact for STEM educational outreach programs and resources available at JMU by:
• offering on and off-campus opportunities for students, parents, and educators designed to increase STEM literacy and improve STEM education
• sponsoring events and activities to bring interested parties together and to feature best practices and innovations developed across the country in STEM Education
• serving as an organizing point for large-scale projects on campus to help improve STEM education across the educational system
• connecting a network of like-minded individuals and partners to create opportunities to develop solutions for the issues related to STEM education

As this is a new position, one aspect of the application process is for the applicant to submit a vision statement for the STEM Center. This statement should discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Director along with the vision of the applicant for the near- and long-term future of the STEM Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide day-to-day work direction for the Center, co-directors, support staff, projects, and oversee logistical support for activities
• Identify, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners
• Originate new, different or creative solutions for the pressing needs within STEM education
• Manage project budgets and ensure accurate tracking
• Organize and plan STEM professional development workshops for K-12 and university faculty and staff
• Coordinate workshops centered on STEM student success and engagement
• Develop and deliver cohort-building programs and events to build community and support for K-12 educators and university faculty and staff
• Assist faculty leads with tracking students and participants, program evaluation and assessment, and other reports, presentations, and publications

• Develop strong web and social media presence for programs and services
• Participate in planning meetings and conference calls


Competitive candidates will have an earned doctorate in a STEM area with substantial experience in education and outreach, or an earned doctorate or equivalent experience in education, with MS-level background in a STEM field. In addition, management experience in an educational setting working in a collaborative environment, and experience with conceptualizing, authoring, and submitting proposals leading to securing grant, contract, or other externally funded resources is desired.

Priority will be given to candidates with strong communication skills in in oral and written formats in all media and experience with data collection and assessment. Experience with developing and coordinating successful STEM outreach programs for diverse populations is desired.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 10/05/2017
Beginning Review Date 12/10/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2018
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.

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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

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications are being accepted immediately, and review will begin on December 10, 2017. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

To apply go to and complete the faculty profile and attach the following:
1. A cover letter explaining the candidate’s suitability for the position
2. A curriculum vitae
3. A vision statement for the STEM Center and Director position, as described in the general information section (as Other Document #1), and
4. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
Only completed submissions that are uploaded electronically to the JMU JobLink system will be considered.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Kyle Gipson, search chair, at ( or Dr. Bob Kolvoord, Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, at (

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document #1
  4. Unofficial Transcript(s)
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you learn about this position?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Employee Referral
    • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • INSIGHT Into Diversity
    • 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.)
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    • VA Jobs Website
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    • Walk-in
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  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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