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Operations Assistant - Center for Entrepreneurship

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Operations Assistant - Center for Entrepreneurship
Position Number 8071
Posting Number S1150
State Role Title Administrative and Office Specialist III
Position Type Classified
Position Status Full Time
FLSA Status Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime
College/Division College of Business
Department 100674 - COB-Differential Tuition
Pay Band 3
Pay Rate Maximum Starting
Specify Range or Amount $32,000
Is this a JMU Only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at James Madison University is accepting applications for an Operations Assistant to manage the daily operations of the CFE to include scheduling, event planning, communications and administrative support. The successful candidate will serve as the first line of customer service and support for the CFE program and will network with the community as appropriate to build relationships for the CFE.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Operations:
Manages processes and workflow related to all expenditures for the CFE activities; arranges travel for the CFE activities; coordinates purchases for participants in the CFE programs; performs fiscal responsibilities necessary to manage program operations following university guidelines; fields questions as needed and provides information about and directions to appropriate resources.

Event Management:
Assists the executive director with planning activities for the CFE; coordinates space and other reservations for the CFE events; coordinates payments and paperwork for the CFE events; manages registration and related activities for events and works with the executive director to plan and manage advisory board events.

Integrated Marketing Support:
Works with Director of Integrated Marketing to maintain website and manages social media for the CFE.


Strong interpersonal skills that demonstrate respect for others, support for department and organizational goals. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously (i.e., project management skills). Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, students and faculty from across the campus community. Basic knowledge of computer and other office machines. Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet appropriate deadlines.

Proficient software skills in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), email and internet; ability to manage and manipulate data in Excel for reporting purposes; experience with Student Administration (SA) system, PeopleSoft, AiM, eVA and Chrome.

Condition(s) of Employment

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 12/04/2017
Beginning Review Date 12/12/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 01/08/2018
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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Additional Posting Information

Questions about the position may be directed to Kim Foreman, or Mary Gowan,

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
    • 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.)
    • 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