James Madison University is fast becoming one of the nation’s
leading lights in higher education because students enjoy unusually
engaged relationships with world-class faculty who are here because
they want to pursue knowledge and make teaching their No. 1
The JMU School of Professional & Continuing
Education (SPCE) advances JMU’s vision by responding to individual,
business, and community needs through transformative educational
programs and experiences.
SPCE serves a critical role in widening and deepening JMU’s
engagement efforts by improving the visibility and accessibility to
JMU’s intellectual capital. SPCE’s Dean, who also serves as JMU’s
Chief Economic Engagement Officer, and Associate Dean are
extensively involved in developing, managing and implementing
multiple university-wide economic development engagement
initiatives. These efforts often serve as a foundation to several
of the university’s community engagement, civic engagement, engaged
learning, and other initiatives.
We are seeking a Economic Development Specialist to provide
managerial oversight and technical support for the School of
Professional & Continuing Education’s economic and community
development projects and initiatives.
Reporting to SPCE’s Associate Dean, the specific duties
and responsibilities include:
- Proactively meet with businesses, nonprofit, and local
government stakeholders throughout the Shenandoah Valley and
Commonwealth of Virginia to help identify economic engagement (the
blending of economic and community development) partnership
- Identify and implement viable solutions for community and
economic challenges by integrating community and industry input,
university resources, and data-driven analysis.
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with a
network of key community stakeholders, consultants, government
officials, chambers of commerce, and media resources.
- Work across disciplines and divisions within JMU and
in the community to engage key stakeholders, and collect and
interpret both quantitative and qualitative data to provide
multiple perspectives and garner the greatest impact.
- Research and identify best practices to local and regional
university-based economic development.
- Help manage new and special projects and initiatives such as
SPCE’s new Madison Community Consultants program and JMU’s Regional
Economic Recovery Series.
- Serve as a resource to JMU’s University Economic Development
- Maintain awareness of general national, state, regional and
local economic and community development issues, trends, and
- Identify new and enhanced partnership opportunities for funded
community-based applied projects.
- Identify potential grant opportunities, respond to Request for
Proposals, and manage secured grants.
- Collect, organize, track, interpret, and report on selected
economic indicators for the purposes of marketing, educating, and
promoting JMU’s economic engagement efforts.
- Prepare and make presentations to a variety of stakeholders
including JMU leadership, community groups and business
- Develop, write, produce, update, and design reports and related
- Monitor SPCE’s economic and development email account, reply,
and answer questions related to economic and community development
projects and initiatives.
- Assist SPCE Leadership to build leadership,
workforce, and economic development networks.
- Provide regular updates to Economic and Community Development
Team on prospective and current projects.
- Complete special projects and other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in an Economic and/or
Community Development, Project/Program Management, or similar
- Master’s Degree in Economic & Community Development, Public
Administration, Business Administration, Planning, or other
economic development related field.
- High level organizational, time management, and professional
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Commitment to inclusive economic and community
- Ability to apply a variety of analytical techniques to research
various issues, programs, and/or opportunities.
- Strong and effective oral and written communication
- Ability to develop and present information in a variety of
formats and settings.
- Commitment to professional development in the economic and
community development field.
- Computer literacy and proficiency in standard office software
including MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.
To learn more and to apply, go to joblink.jmu.edu and reference
posting F1901, or go directly to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/12095.
Review of applications will begin 7/9/2022 and the position is open
until filled. 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: