Coordinator for Leader Development Experiences

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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: 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.


The Coordinator for Leader Development Experiences exists to create, develop, implement, and assess leader development experiences for all students at James Madison University through the staff and resources of the Student Leadership Center, which is part of the Student Life Department at James Madison University. This position also provides collaborative support for the advancement of leader development opportunities and experiences for students across the entire campus with personnel from both academic and student affairs departments.


Additionally, this position provides consultative support and encouragement for the development and delivery of leadership programs by other departments. This position participates in the delivery of student employee training as requested by supervisors and department heads in the division of Student Affairs.


The staff and students of the Student Leadership Center are committed to investing in inclusive conversations and equitable programming that honors diversity and creates spaces for students of diverse backgrounds to learn how to holistically engage with, and support, all communities in the personal journey of leadership development. Because of this commitment, the Student Leadership Center highly values qualified candidates who can contribute, through their personal experiences and application of effective leadership principles, concepts and practices, to the diversity and excellence of the working environment.


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Direct, manage, maintain, recruit participants, teach HRD 475 for student staff, and be fiscally responsible for Make Your Mark On Madison.
  • Develop and submit a proposal for a leadership-based Residential Learning Community (RLC), including the teaching of HON 200 for student participants in the community. Implement and manage the RLC upon approval.
  • Supervise, provide educational support for, and ensure appropriate professional development experiences are available to graduate students in the Student Leadership Center in roles as graduate assistants or in practicum experiences.
  • Develop, direct, and regularly report on the assessment of assigned leader development experiences, ensuring that key learning outcomes are established, assessment measures are implemented, and results are incorporated into future iterations of programming efforts.
  • Serve as a consultant and collaborative partner to student organizations, personnel within the department and in other departments in Student Affairs, as well as to faculty, to assist in the creation and implementation of their leader development experiences for students.


Required Qualifications:

  • Have a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration or related field
  • Demonstrate experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities (graduate school assistantship work accepted).
  • Be highly skilled at using a wide range of modalities and pedagogical techniques to teach and engage students in a higher education academic environment for them to effectively learn the critical skills, strategies, and practices for the development of their own and others’ leadership capabilities.
  • Be highly skilled in both the development of materials for, and the delivery of, impactful and engaging presentations, training sessions, and workshops.
  • Be knowledgeable in basic marketing skills, social media platforms, recruitment techniques, and supervisory skills.
  • Be current on research and trends in the field of leadership studies.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office software.
  • Possess the ability to lift light objects of 25 pounds or less. Limited use of highly specialized equipment and/or machinery.
  • This role requires flexible hours, such a late week nights and weekend work.
  • Preference is given to candidates who possess a working knowledge of, and the ability to practically apply, leadership and educational theories, such as the Student Leadership Challenge, the Intent Based Leadership Model, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students, Strengths Based Leadership, and Experiential Learning Theory, as well as college student development theories.


To apply go to  or visit and reference posting number F1632. Pay Range:   $38,000-$41,919.


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 or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.