Director, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (SOGIE)

James Madison University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time

Director, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (SOGIE)

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 1000 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.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion the Director of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (SOGIE) serves as a resource to the James Madison University campus community and is a university leader, providing support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, and other sexual-and gender minority students, faculty, & staff.  The Director for SOGIE supports the vision and mission of the university, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion unit.  

Departmental Leadership & Supervision:  The Director of SOGIE plays a critical role on the Student Affairs DEI Leadership Team focused on strengthening advocacy and support for marginalized communities on campus.  As a member of the SA DEI Leadership Team, the Director of SOGIE actively participates in University and Student Affairs initiatives and decision-making.

  • Contributes to the ongoing development of the SOGIE unit with an emphasis on policy development, assessment, budget management, staff development, in addition to program and partnership management. 
  • Leads the continual development of diverse and intersectional programming that supports and carries out the mission, goals and initiatives for the department and university.  SOGIE is a newly formed stand-alone unit in Student Affairs and plays a critical role in student support, LGBTQ educational efforts, community building, and ongoing initiatives to ensure student success. 
  • Supervision: Provide direct supervision to the Assistant Director of SOGIE, and in-direct supervision and support to the Graduate Assistants & undergraduate student staff (Student Coordinators, Peer Educators, & SOGIE Volunteers).  

Advancing the Unit:  

  •  Advance the mission of SOGIE by providing departmental leadership, management, and oversight, setting and guiding the overall vision and development of strategic goals in partnership with the SOGIE staff.  
  •  Strategic Planning- lead the unit in setting, assessing, and reporting program goals, complete the unit annual report (STAR Tool), as well as generate various reports for various campus stakeholders
  • Assessing the needs of the LGBTQ community at JMU and build upon existing programs (such as LGBTQ History Month, Trans Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, Queers and Coffee) and implement new initiatives to continue building brave and affirming campus spaces
  • Represent SOGIE on various University Committees and develop collaborative working relationships with institutional and community colleagues ·        
  •  Lead planning and assessment efforts for SOGIE programs, services, and resources to determine the effectiveness of the offerings provided to the campus community

Institutional Partnerships & Outreach: 

  • Oversee, support, and assist with planning and implementing departmental collaborations across the University
  • Serve as the Committee Chair for the SOGIE Advisory Board & Member of the Safe Zone Leadership Team
  • Facilitate collaborative partnerships with campus departments, student organizations, and strengthen partnerships with local community organizations
  • Serve as a visible campus resource and partner for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituent groups
  • Build new partnerships with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) & Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) to create more synergy that leads to inclusive and accessible opportunities for the celebration of diverse student identities 
  • Build intentional collaborative efforts with offices such as Office of Registrar, Admissions, Card Services, Student Life & Office of Residence Life to enhance the overall campus life experience for LGBTQ students
  • Lead efforts to collaborate with Academic Affairs and form new partnerships with academic units such as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program 

Advocacy & Education:

  • Design and implement varied educational programs and campus-wide trainings for faculty, staff, students, and community members about the LGBTQ community and student needs
  • Advocate on behalf of the needs of students which could include: Meeting with students with concerns, identify and address institutional areas of challenge and opportunities, collaborate with other university leaders to improve access and inclusivity of services, and a champion for LGBTQ+ knowledge and awareness
  • Work creatively with others to anticipate and provide constructive responses to challenging campus and community issues
  • Lead efforts to provide learning opportunities, programs, and dialogues that engage diverse perspectives and foster shared understanding & responsibility in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and community stakeholders


  • Earned master’s degree in higher education, or a related field, that will serve to enhance LGBTQ Education and awareness & visibility of LGBTQ initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, with expertise in LGBTQ education


  • Minimum of 5 years of administrative experience in work related to LGBTQ+, identity development, diversity, equity and inclusion, or related work experience
  • Knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity to the concerns and issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and the intersections of other social identities
  • Event Management, budget management, and assessment experience
  • Experience effectively responding to challenging student and community concerns including the ability to facilitate difficult conversations across difference

To apply go to or visit and reference posting number F1725. Maximum Starting: $80,000

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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