The James Madison University MBA Program is seeking a
Director of Professional Development and Alumni Relations. The
primary purpose of this position is to augment and differentiate
the JMU MBA degree by creating professional
development activities that help students and alumni build their
networks and skills to more readily achieve their career
objectives. This position reports to the Director
of MBA Programs and is a 12-month Administrative and
Professional Faculty position.
the MBA Program: The JMU MBA program
is one of the strongest programs of its kind in the nation. The
program started in 1970 and has over 2,200 alumni. Students can
choose from concentrations in Information Security, Executive
Leadership, or Innovation, and are admitted in cohorts of no more
than 30 students. Classes are a mixture of synchronous online and
in-person sessions. The program is rated as the 23rd best
online MBA program in the nation by Princeton Review and
26th by US News. MBA student outcomes are particularly
strong as evidenced by a 21% average salary increase, 75% of
students being promoted or changing employers, and 99% of
graduating students being willing to
recommend JMU MBA to a friend or colleague.
About the College:
The AACSB-accredited College of Business includes nationally
ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. The College includes
the Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Professional Selling,
Small Business Development Center, Capital Markets Lab, Madison
Consulting, and other programs focused on outreach and engagement
with the business community. Our very successful alumni hold
C-suite positions at major corporations including SAP,
Fidelity, Bank of America, IBM, McKinsey & Company,
Deloitte, KPMG, and other Fortune 500 companies and readily
engage with the College. Five years post-graduation, Virginia
residents attending the College had the highest
return-on-investment of the 82 business schools included in Poets
& Quants 2017 undergraduate business program ranking. The
faculty are teacher-scholars who are collaborative and supportive
colleagues. The College has approximately 4,100 students in
its AACSB programs and is highly regarded across
the JMU campus community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Create, develop and deliver effective professional development
activities for MBA students that help them grow in their
- Develop and deliver useful networking opportunities
for MBA students, alumni, and prospective students in
Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville.
- Work with businesses to arrange recruiting partnerships and
- Utilize social media platforms such as LinkedIn to foster
student and alumni networking opportunities.
- Work with JMU MBA executive coaches and other
resources to identify professional development opportunities.
- Assist the MBA Program Recruiting and Marketing
Director to develop recruitment marketing content and to conduct
prospective student interviews.
- Assist with strategies to increase diversity in
incoming MBA student cohorts.
- Help plan and deliver MBA orientation and
- Develop an MBA alumni fundraising program.
- Collect and analyze data for MBA program assessment
- Lead and/or collaborate on other projects as needed.
- This position requires someone who is a self-starter and is
willing to initiate and lead varied projects.
- Prior experience working in event management, marketing,
fundraising or related field.
- Ability to travel overnight one to two times per quarter and to
work occasional Saturdays.
- A commitment to values that correspond with JMU MBA’s own:
optimism and happiness, transformative empowerment, connection and
community, inclusive diversity, and intellectual growth and
- Minimum of a master’s degree in a related field.
- Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Prior Director-level work experience.
- Prior experience working in higher education.
Candidates interested in faculty positions at the University
must complete the online employment application in the JMU JobLink
system. To apply, go to joblink.jmu.edu and reference posting
F1774, or go directly to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10827.
Review of applications will begin January 10, 2022 and the position
will remain open until filled. Pay range: $73,000 - $78,000.
Interested parties may contact Dr. Matt Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: