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Executive Director, JMU X-Labs

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Mar 7, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director, JMU X-Labs


JMU is looking for a dynamic leader to direct its innovative X-Labs program. JMU X-Labs facilitates ecosystems that catalyze and cultivate high-impact engaged learning and research experiences for students and faculty. We foster transdisciplinary teams, networks, and initiatives that innovatively respond to complex and grand challenges. The “X” in JMU X-Labs represents the variables of expertise, lived experiences, disciplines, and our commitment to inclusive excellence.




JMU X-Labs is a force multiplier that serves the entire JMU community and external partners, facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship, impacting ecosystems and experiences. Grounded in design thinking, engaged learning, inclusive excellence, systems thinking, creative inquiry and collaborative innovation, it is a hub for converging transdisciplinary teams, networks, and initiatives. At JMU X-Labs, we catalyze, resource, and promote engaged learning experiences and integrative research and entrepreneurship initiatives. Learn more at




Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director of JMU X-Labs reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Scholarship and Research Development in the Office of Research and Scholarship. The Director will provide leadership in the following areas:


  • Strategic planning
  • Managing external relationships with stakeholders and partners
  • Serving as a liaison to academic units and other internal partners
  • Overseeing business plans and budgets, including identifying funding streams
  • Hiring and supervising Associate Directors and staff
  • Human resource management and compliance
  • Working with the Associate Directors to develop the X-Labs research agenda and communication plan
  • Overseeing X-Labs data and product management



Required Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in an affiliated field
  • Administrative and leadership experience in a university or industry innovation setting
  • Experience in building collaborative partnerships
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience with budget creation and oversight
  • Experience communicating with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience mentoring students



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Terminal or Professional degree
  • Assessment of innovation outcomes
  • Contributions in the field of innovation and/or innovation education
  • Understanding of the history and trends of the innovation in education landscape
  • Experience seeking external funding



To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2127 or go to Review of applications begins 4/03/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.




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.




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