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Director, University Career Center

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Job Description:

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives. Vision
To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged 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 dynamic and experienced leader to become its new Director of the University Career Center. This position calls for an experienced professional with a broad knowledge of career counseling, career development resources and programs, and employment services such as on-campus interviewing and career fairs. The department has seventeen full-time staff, four graduate assistants, ten student employees, and a vibrant student advisory board. The University Career Center plays a leading role in student engagement and success at JMU , and the Director is a trusted contributor to the university's mission. Duties and Responsibilities The Director is a full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Faculty position that reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Responsibilities include:
1. Overseeing long-range, strategic and annual planning activities and ensuring that those plans are effectively communicated, pursued and monitored.
2. Establishing and sustaining a positive, productive and equitable work climate in which staff are professionally and personally supported.
3. Managing financial resources by making accurate and responsible budget requests, assuring that fiscal operations are consistent with standards and policy, and carefully accounting for allocated funds, revenues, and external sources.
4. Overseeing departmental acquisition and use of computer, video, telecommunications, and business technologies. Currently, UCC utilizes Handshake as its primary career development platform.
5. Oversee staffing functions, including hiring processes, performance evaluation systems, separation processes, and pay practices, and directly supervising members of the senior leadership team.
6. Utilizing a curricular approach to program development and overseeing assessment of student learning outcomes, including the First Destinations career outcomes report.
7. Ensuring that the department is an enthusiastic, willing and effective partner with employers, academic units, alumni groups, and other student affairs units.
8. Engaging in scholarly activity, possibly including teaching, research, writing, and involvement in professional associations. Qualifications Required Qualifications:
--- At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in college or university career services functions (or other related areas) is required; experience at the director level is preferred.
--- A relevant master's degree.
--- Demonstrated ability to lead organizational change and improvement efforts, especially as it relates to increasing our capacity to engage, serve and support under-represented students.
--- Significant experience successfully supervising, mentoring and developing professional and administrative support staff
--- Proven ability to identify problems, manage conflict, ensure effective communication, and make complex decisions in a collegial, collaborative environment. Preferred Qualifications:
--- Proven ability to oversee all facets of staffing a student services department, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation.
--- Proven ability to obtain, manage and account for resources that support departmental operations, including budget development, grant administration, acquisition and use of technology, and efficient use of physical spaces.
--- Knowledge of methods for gathering, analyzing and reporting data about student needs, student learning outcomes, and program effectiveness. Experience with or knowledge of "first destination" research is desired.
--- Appreciation for and evidence of collaboration, particularly with academic leaders, as a means for creating and implementing effective career development programs and services.
--- Knowledge of higher education environments and practices, particularly high-impact out-of-class experiences.
--- Ability to be an effective contributor to the work of the Division of Student Affairs. 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 Date 02/05/2021 Beginning Review Date 03/05/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2021 EEO Statement James Madison University is 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 or expression, 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. Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information. The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913. JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Curriculum Vitae Optional Documents Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • * 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 Dual Career and Community Resources Program
    • JMU JobLink
    • Job Fair
    • NCAA
    • Northern Virginia Daily
    • Nuevas Raices
    • Other Referral
    • Phone Inquiry
    • Radio
    • Richmond Times Dispatch
    • Roanoke Times
    • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
    • US Military Pipeline
    • VA Jobs Website
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    • Winchester Star
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