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.

Interested in Applying to this Fellowship Position?

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.

  • 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.
  • Approach complex problems through the practice of interpersonal skills that promote teamwork and acceptance of diversity of thought regarding goals and priorities.
  • Uphold meaningful and productive connections between the university and community, and be alert to possibilities for expansion.
  • Explore personal strengths and improve upon weaknesses, with particular emphasis on developing career options and exploring life plan goals through experiential learning.
  • Display an understanding of organizational communication and interconnectedness and how entities work together to solve larger community-based problems.
  • Recognize how personal and career goals can include responsiveness to community needs and be rewarding to self and others.


Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to meeting the specific job description/expectations for the respective department, the Presidential 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 4 hours of weekly program activities:
  • Participate in all professional development activities organized by the program;
  • Attend bi-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.

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 Qualifications:

  • 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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