Engagement Fellow for the President's Office


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Hayley Jenkins

Hayley is thrilled and humbled to be serving as the Engagement Fellow for the President's Office during the 2019-2020 school year. Hayley is from Stephens City, VA and graduated in Spring 2019 with her Bachelor of Social Work degree. During her time at JMU, Hayley participated in the JMU Ghost Hunter's Club and was a sister in the Epsilon Nu chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority. Through her major and sorority, she was able to volunteer within the Harrisonburg community with Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Mercy House, Inc; the Nursery at Harrisonburg High School; Gemeinschaft Home; Waynesboro High School; and Honor Flights of Virginia. In 2018, Hayley was a part of the team that wrote the winning grant for the Doris Buffet Learning By Giving Foundation to benefit Gemeinschaft Home. In her free time, Hayley enjoys kayaking, canoeing, and spending days with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Jock. In her position, Hayley looks most forward to assisting in discovering, developing, and increasing interest and participation in university programs intended to educate and empower students beyond the classroom. As a university that is constantly growing in both size as well as fields of study, there is such incredible potential being introduced with that. Hayley is also hoping to grow as an individual herself and to meet and work with university staff, guests, and the other Engagement Fellows throughout this academic year.



The Position: 

Hayley acts as the boots on the ground supporting President Alger’s key strategic goals and university engagement initiatives. She provides support for the Madison Vision Series, TedEd, the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration, Valley Scholars Shark Tank, the Madison Cup, Virginia in the Vanguard, engagement related grant writing, campus diversity, and inclusion efforts, and outreach to university guests.

Additionally, the engagement fellow in the President's office assists in the creation and distribution of engagement messages from the president's office, accompanies the president and executive advisor to engagement events, works with other engagement fellows to ensure coordination of university engagement efforts, and provides support for campus-wide engagement initiatives.

The president's office engagement fellowship requires someone who is a self-starter, and is passionate about civic engagement, engaged learning, and community engagement. The position also requires flexibility, resilience, and teamwork, due to a heavy emphasis on tackling 'other duties as assigned'. This person should also be a 'people person' who asks questions and isn't afraid to take on new challenges. This person must also have Cascade 8 experience, or a willingness to learn Cascade 8. 

The President's Office Engagement Fellow must:

  • Be a recent graduate of James Madison University
  • Have an understanding of communication tools and strategies, including web and mobile technology and social media
  • Have some institutional knowledge of JMU's engagement efforts
  • Have effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Have leadership and in-team effectiveness

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