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Student Learning Initiatives Coordinator

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Position Information

Working Title Student Learning Initiatives Coordinator
Position Number 1627
Posting Number F1080
Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty
Position Status Full Time
College/Division Student Life and Involvement
Department 300000 - Residence Life Admin
Pay Rate Pay Range
Specify Range or Amount $34,000 - $38,000
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

The Office of Residence Life at James Madison University is accepting applications for a Student Learning Initiatives (SLI) Coordinator. The SLI Coordinator is responsible for the overall management of the First Year Involvement (FYI) Resource Center serving approximately 6,000 residential students. The SLI Coordinator contributes to the development of a department wide programming model and supports a student learning and customer service point of view.

Duties and Responsibilities

- Coordinate the daily operation of the FYI Center.
- Develop and manage the FYI Program to support and assist first year residential students in their transition to college. Be familiar with and implement student development and learning theories, and research regarding freshmen and sophomore students in program creation.
- Maintain current records on all aspects of programs. Coordinate programming training for hall staff groups.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of the departmental programming model designed for first year and sophomore students. Familiarize and incorporate current literature and research on residence hall community development, student development and learning theories into the overall residence life program.
- Complete monthly and annual program reports on hall programming efforts. Recommend changes to programming model as necessary. Provide support and feedback to area directors concerning programming progress in individual residence halls.
- Select, train, supervise and evaluate one graduate assistant for the academic year and one graduate intern for the summer session. Guide and participate in selection process for FYI Center student staff.
- Monitor progress of and report on specific projects.
- Work in collaboration with Academic Affairs to provide student learning opportunities within the residence halls.
- Coordinate and advise resident student advisory board.
- Coordinate the development of community activities boards in each of the residence halls.
- Represent the department at functions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Master’s degree in student personnel or related field required.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Residence Life experience required; two years of full-time residence life experience preferred.
- Supervisory experience preferred.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 12/01/2017
Beginning Review Date 01/03/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 02/01/2018
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.

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
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