Executive Director, Career Exploration and Success
William (Wil) Jones is the Executive Director of Career Exploration and Success at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In his role, he oversees career services for a broad array of Rutgers academic programs on the university’s New Brunswick campus. He provides leadership to the department and works collaboratively to develop strategic roadmaps for the Rutgers career ecosystem.
At Rutgers, Wil co-founded the industry-centric career cluster approach to service delivery that has become a national model. Professional associations have recognized Wil as a rising star (NACE), a leader in innovation excellence (NACE and ACPA), and most recently, the Hire Big 10 Career Consortium bestowed him with the David S. Bechtel Outstanding Career Services Professional Award. He is very active in the national career services community, serving in various leadership roles within NACE and the Big 10—including being chair of the Big 10 career consortium. He has helped contribute to the broader knowledge base within the community through various peer-reviewed articles within the NACE Career Journal and national and regional presentations.
Before working at Rutgers, Wil was the Associate Director for External Relations & Information Technology for the University Career Center & The President's Promise at the University of Maryland, College Park. There he managed the Employer Relations Team, public relations and marketing team, and the information technologies team.
Wil considers himself a "Terp for Life." He earned his master's degree from the college student personnel program at the University of Maryland, where his research interests focused on the career decision-making self-efficacy of student leaders. He also received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics.