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Engagement Fellow for Student Affairs

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Position Overview

The Engagement Fellow in Student Affairs will work directly with the Vice President and support the central functions of the Division.They will organize the Division’s direct connection with and gathering feedback from JMU students throughout the year. They will support the Division in its ongoing strategic planning as well as other projects as they develop throughout the year.

Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan and working collaboratively with the Vice President to implement our new organizational structure.
  • Serving as a “student” voice in a number of places including our Communications Council, Assessment Council, Alcohol and Other Drug Taskforce, and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Alliance.
  • Serving is a liaison and support to both Student Veterans and Graduate Students.
  • Work centrally on the communications of Student Affairs including our web presence, social media, and some photography and video production.
  • Manage and complete special projects as they arise including research projects, student programming, and outreach to different student communities.

JMU Presidential Engagement Fellows will: Represent the University and are held to the highest standards of performance and behavior. They should seek to provide quality service in their placements while growing both personally and professionally. Their past experience at James Madison University should inform their daily work as they seek to help this community grow and improve every day. They will serve as part of a cohort of Fellows dedicated to the Fellowship and James Madison University. They will also balance their commitment to the Program with the needs of their placement and the work needed for each to be successful.

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the James Madison University Mission and Vision and a sense of responsibility and obligation within the community and organization they serve.
  2. Approach complex problems through the practice of interpersonal skills that promote teamwork and acceptance of diversity of thought regarding goals and priorities.
  3. Uphold meaningful and productive connections between the university and community, and be alert to possibilities for expansion.
  4. Explore personal strengths and improve upon weaknesses, with particular emphasis on developing career options and exploring life plan goals through experiential learning.
  5. Display an understanding of organizational communication and interconnectedness and how entities work together to solve larger community-based problems.

In addition to meeting the specific job description/expectations for the respective department, the Fellow will:

  • Exceed expectations within their placement and serve the JMU community through their 25 hours average per week in that role.
  • Work in their role for the time period of August 15 – May 15;
  • Engage in an average of 2 hours of weekly program activities:
  • Participate in all professional development activities organized by the program;
  • Attend weekly program staff meetings;
  • Represent the university at designated events and programs and serve as an ambassador for the university; and
  • Adhere to all JMU policies for employees; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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