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Executive Director, Career Development Center

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Recruitment/Posting Title Executive Director, Career Development Center
Job Category Staff & Executive - Student Affairs and Services
Department Student Affairs - Nwk
Career Development
The Career Development Center at Rutgers University-Newark empowers undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni by teaching them skills and facilitating connections to fuel their career success. As the central career center for Rutgers-Newark, we focus on the university’s strategic priority to “Invest in our students.” To create access and relevant support for the diversity of our student population, we build communities among students, campus partners, and community partners to support their career readiness throughout their journey.
Posting Summary
Rutgers University- Newark (RU-N), an urban public research university and anchor institution, located in Newark, New Jersey, a city of promise, is seeking an Executive Director, Career Development Center. Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor (SVC) for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of the Career Development Center (CDC) is responsible for providing leadership and the strategic vision for the RU-N CDC. The Executive Director creates and leads the execution of the career services strategy for the University, serving all schools at Rutgers-Newark and encompassing communications/marketing, outreach, employer relations, budget management, research & assessment, staff training, and stakeholder (e.g. students, faculty, senior administrators, alumni) engagement.
This position is responsible for and not limited to the following.
  • Provides the fiscal oversight of RU-N CDC’s budget, and for generating additional resources through fundraising and grant writing
  • Supports student success and uses best practices with regard to the operation of a comprehensive career development office within a large, thriving, urban college environment, including enhancing career exploration, preparation, and placement
  • Strengths and maintains employer outreach by cultivating and fostering relationships with corporate, nonprofit, and government stakeholders to broaden internship and career opportunities for university students, and forging collaborative partnerships with faculty and senior university administrators to ensure that service planning, design, and delivery are aligned with campus and university goals
  • Oversees the career development and counseling programs to provide high-quality, innovative professional development services for the university’s undergraduate and graduate students from all schools, to ensure that RU-N students are best positioned to compete for opportunities in today’s competitive global marketplace
  • Develops and monitors the department’s long-range strategic plan, using best practices and a strong commitment to internal and external data collection, analysis, and ongoing program evaluation
  • Serves as Chair of the Career Development Liaison Team which will coordinate career development initiatives, resources, and events with all career-related personnel across all schools at Rutgers-Newark
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
Work Arrangement
This position requires a fully on-site work arrangement.
FLSA Exempt
Grade 09
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 108116.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 136846.500
Annual Maximum Salary 165577.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Admin Assembly (MPSC)
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in counseling, higher education, psychology, human resources, student personnel, adult education, business administration (MBA) or a related field
  • 7-10 years of full-time experience in career services or work force development, with a minimum of five years of experience in staff supervision and leadership. Must be able to effectively direct existing, comprehensive career services programs, and develop new ones on his/her own initiative
  • Experience managing budgets and providing oversight for hiring of staff and performance evaluations
  • Experience using career services applications/software (i.e. Handshake, 12Twenty, UConnect) and awareness of legal and ethical issues related to managing such applications
  • A successful track record in career services, including employer relations, assessment, talent acquisition, student engagement and counseling
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge in the use of the latest technology and trends in career services, including job market trends, recruitment practices, employer relations, job search strategies, and career counseling
  • Strong leadership, decision-making, and assessment skills, including quantitative & qualitative data analyses.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creativity, good judgment, service-oriented, professionalism, and dedication to sound principles of student development and career development as a discipline.
  • Ability to combine a data-driven approach with a student-centered philosophy, enabling agile decision-making for the benefit of stakeholder needs
  • Self-directed, innovative, and entrepreneurial
  • Must have a high level of multicultural competence (knowledge, awareness, and skills) for working with a highly diverse student community
  • Knowledge of student affairs and academic affairs, and the ability to develop partnerships with academic departments, faculty members, alumni, development, and senior administrators
  • Position may require travel and some evening and weekend hours
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in a higher education setting preferred, with a comprehensive understanding of the cultural, social, and educational needs of a highly diverse campus community.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 23ST0215
Posting Open Date 02/03/2023
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-Newark
Home Location Campus Rutgers University-Newark
City Newark
State NJ
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Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals , if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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