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Economic Development Specialist, School of Professional & Continuing Education

James Madison University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 10, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Full Time
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About JMU

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 priority.

Department Summary

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 opportunities.
  • 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 Council.
  • Maintain awareness of general national, state, regional and local economic and community development issues, trends, and solutions.
  • 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 organizations.
  • Develop, write, produce, update, and design reports and related materials.
  • 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 role.
  • 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 communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to inclusive economic and community development.
  • Ability to apply a variety of analytical techniques to research various issues, programs, and/or opportunities.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • 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 and reference posting F1901, or go directly to 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: (540) 568-6991.


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