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Coordinator for Student Life, Student Organizations

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Posted Date
Oct 31, 2022
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Coordinator for Student Life, Student Organizations


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

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. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

The Division of Student Affairs is an integral part of the campus community and works collaboratively with the other divisions of the university in supporting the mission, vision, and values of the university. Successful candidates will embody the values of Student Affairs at James Madison University and will infuse these values in their day-to-day practice.

Student Affairs Values

  • Focusing on Students
  • Leading Courageously
  • Transcending Boundaries
  • Creating Belonging
  • Embracing Innovation and Change
  • Honoring and Valuing Our Staff
  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Student Life at James Madison University is currently seeking applicants for the Coordinator for Student Life, Student Involvement position. The Student Life Department at James Madison University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all of its forms. We embrace self-discovery, belonging, and authentic engagement with each other and our communities. We value inclusion, innovation, and a focus on students.

The Coordinator for Student Life, Student Organizations is part of Student Activities and Involvement (SAI), which is comprised of student organizations and programming. This position reports to the Associate Director for Student Life, Student Activities and Involvement.

Application Instructions

The search committee hiring for this position will be selecting candidates for two positions. If you would like to be considered for both positions, you can submit your application for the Coordinator for Student Life, Student Involvement position. There is no expectation that candidates apply for both positions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Student Organization Graduate Assistant.
  • Supervise front desk/Club House staff.
  • Manage Club House space (supply orders, processes, etc.).
  • Be Involved (Campus Groups) expert and liaison.
  • Serve as primary contact for organizations, members, and advisors.
  • Manage organization processes and procedures.
  • Provide regular education and training for student organization leaders and advisors.
  • Manage annual re-registration and new organization process.
  • Expand and continually review student organization requirements and resources.
  • Maintain and continually review Student Organization and Advisor Handbooks.
  • Manage accountability process through investigations and responding to allegations of misconduct for all organizations except those categorized as Sport Club or Greek (Intercultural Greek Council, Panhellenic, or Interfraternity Council).
  • Manage student organization Affiliates process.
  • Responsible for programs including, but not limited to:
    • Student Organization Night and Explore Madison Fairs
    • SOAR Ceremony Committee Member
    • Leadership Retreat for student organization leaders
    • Exceed Workshop Series
    • Advisor Workshop Series
  • Assist with the development and implementation of departmental programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and meeting the diverse needs of a college student population.
  • Experience advising and/or supervising students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student involvement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory.
  • Ability to create, implement, and evaluate student-centered programs.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative environment and work across organizational lines.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and as a team member.


To apply go to or visit and reference posting number F2013. Maximum Starting: $41,000.

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.

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