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Career Exploration and Success

Director of Industry & Student Connections

Position Announcement

Director of Industry & Student Connections

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the next Director of Industry & Student Connections within the broader Office of Career Exploration and Success. 

Application Deadline to Apply: 11:59 pm on August 5, 2023

Supervisory Overview

Unit of 4 CES Units
Teams within the Unit
Full-time Unit Staff
Graduate Coordinators

Institution Overview

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a renowned academic institution that boasts a vibrant and diverse community of learners. With its enrollment numbers exceeding 43,000 students, Rutgers-New Brunswick offers a broad range of programs across its schools and colleges, providing students with ample opportunities for intellectual growth and personal development. The campus's rich history, state-of-the-art facilities, and distinguished faculty contribute to a dynamic learning environment that prepares students for success in their chosen fields and equips them with the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.


About the Industry & Student Connections Unit

One of four units within the Office of Career Exploration and Success, the Industry & Student Connections unit strengthens, expands, and diversifies recruiting relationships to maximize not only career opportunities for Rutgers University–New Brunswick students and graduates but also to generate support for the university’s academic mission from these important partners. Staff organizes recruiting events such as fairs, interviewing days, employer information sessions, and more. They also build relationships with recruiters and help them to connect with campus partners. The unit also oversees the Knights of the Round Table corporate partners sponsorship program which financially supports CES operations. The ISC unit consists of eight full-time staff members and three graduate coordinators organized into two teams led by associate directors: Recruiting Programs team and Industry-to-Campus Connections team.


About the Executive Director and Previous Unit Director

The director reports to William (Wil) Jones, executive director of Career Exploration and Success. Wil was officially named executive director in 2021 by Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway. Jones previously served in various roles within CES, including director of operations and strategic initiatives, senior director, and interim executive director. At Rutgers, he co-founded the industry-centric career community approach to career development – which has become a national model – to diversify office offerings and help students think about their professional goals beyond the confines of their academic discipline. 

The previous director of this unit, Janet Jones, has announced her retirement. She served in various roles within CES for more than 30 years.

Wil Jones

Position Description

The director of the Industry & Student Connections unit at the Office of Career Exploration and Success (CES) reports directly to the Executive Director of CES. Leading a team of eight full-time staff members and three graduate coordinators, they are responsible for two associate director-led teams: Recruiting Programs and Industry-to-Campus Connections. The Director's high-level responsibilities include overseeing diverse recruiting events and programs, managing the Knights of the Round Table employer sponsorship program, developing meaningful connections between employers and campus partners, including student organizations, and convening the campus-wide Industry Development Council. As a member of CES's senior leadership team, the director will play a crucial role in the planning and decision-making processes shaping the unit's future and the wider CES office.

40% - Strategic Leadership and Team Management

The Director will provide the strategic leadership necessary to inspire, coordinate, and manage the efforts of the ten-member (eight full-time and three graduate coordinators) Industry & Student Connections Unit. This unit, comprising the General Recruiting Programs and Industry-to-Campus Connections teams, requires a dedicated leader capable of effectively delegating responsibilities, balancing multiple priorities, and driving the vision of the unit. Their leadership will contribute to the smooth operations of the unit, and their active participation in strategic planning and decision-making will significantly shape the future direction of CES as a whole.

The director oversees budgetary expenses of approximately $171,000 (non-salary operating) and $38,000 (student wages). Employer-based income streams for CES are approximately $700,000 (fair revenue) and $150,000 in donations from employers.

Block R Project

20% - Recruiting and Relationship Management

The Director will develop and oversee recruitment strategies to expand the number of businesses, corporations, and local, regional and national organizations with active recruiting relationships with the university. This will be achieved by cultivating and expanding strategic relationships with industry through recruiting programs and other direct outreach, as well as through active participation in industry and professional associations.

The Director will oversee the organization of recruiting events, such as fairs, interviewing days, employer information sessions, and other networking events. These essential activities necessitate the Director to strengthen relationships with potential employers, promoting Rutgers as a preferred institution for recruiting talent. Their efforts will encourage employer participation in various recruiting programs and other resources organized by CES, playing a pivotal role in expanding career opportunities available to students and graduates.


20% - Partnership Development and Collaboration

Collaboration is a key aspect of this role. The Director will facilitate and promote collaboration with other CES units, particularly the student-facing career community team. This entails fostering partnerships that bridge the gap between students, campus partners, and potential employers. The director will also ensure their teams increase activity with campus partners and organize advisory boards, councils, meetings, and events to promote this endeavor. Their leadership will guide the growth and development of the Knights of the Round Table corporate partners program, fortifying the bond between the University and these crucial partners while develop a source of revenue to maintain free programming for students.

Campus Partner Breakfast

10% - Industry Development Council Management

Additionally, the Director will manage the campus-wide Industry Development Council. This council serves as a platform that brings together campus partners for the purposes of information sharing, professional development, and strategic planning. It is focused on developing a unified front for employer development, aiming to streamline engagement and foster stronger partnerships between the university and potential employers. The Director's oversight will ensure that the council functions effectively, bolstering its role as a vital resource for information and a mechanism for consolidating the university's employer engagement strategies.

waiting room at BSC

5% - Miscellaneous

The Director's role extends beyond the responsibilities listed above. They will be expected to actively participate in various meetings, professional development activities, and take on other responsibilities as assigned. Additionally, they will be a champion for enhancing the Rutgers University brand within the field of career services. This will involve a range of activities, such as presenting at conferences, submitting nominations for awards, and participating in professional online communities like LinkedIn groups. Through these engagements, the Director of Industry and Student Connections will promote the CES office and Rutgers University, effectively elevating its status and influence within the career services sector. This will require a level of dynamism, commitment, and industry involvement that extends the director's impact beyond the boundaries of the university.


Candidate Profile

To be considered for the director of Experiential Education & Post-graduation Success position, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Experience: At least 5 years of experience in career services, workforce development, university relations and recruiting, or similar fields. This should encompass experience in networking and relationship management, strategic planning, and team management.
  2. Education: A master's degree in a related field.
  3. Skills and Competencies: Candidates should demonstrate excellent networking abilities and be comfortable establishing and nurturing relationships with a variety of stakeholders. They must also be strategic and visionary thinkers, capable of setting goals, driving the vision of the unit and the CES office, and contributing to the overall strategy of the department.
  4. Leadership: Proven ability to lead, inspire, and manage teams is essential. Candidates should have experience in supervising and developing staff, promoting teamwork and positive dynamics, and encouraging team members to feel ownership and celebrate their outcomes. The director should be comfortable making decisions in line with the broader CES mission and goals. They should demonstrate motivational skills and be able to inspire their team to achieve the department's goals and objectives.

Preferred Qualifications: Prefers a minimum of three (3) years of leadership experience within career services. 

Block R Project
Campus Partner Breakfast
waiting room at BSC

Salary and Benefits

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Salary Transparency

The position is classified as an MPSC-8 grade, and its "lifetime" salary range is between $97,777 and $149,743. However, for the starting salary offer, there is a budgetary maximum of $105,000, which will be determined based on the candidate's experience.


Flexible Work Arrangement Program

Rutgers is pleased to announce the extension of the FlexWork@RU Pilot Program through August 31, 2024. Full-time staff members within Career Exploration and Success are permitted to either a 4:1 compressed work week or up to two days per week of remote work. 

The flexible work arrangements outlined in Rutgers Policy 60.3.22 are part of a pilot program that is effective September 1, 2022 and extended through August 31, 2024. Therefore, there is no guarantee that this flexible work arrangement will continue beyond that date. Flexible work arrangements are not permanent, are subject to change or cancellation and contingent on the employee receiving approval in the FlexWork@RU Application System. Additional information may be found at


Benefits Program

Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to


Non-Discrimination Statement

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or any other category covered by law in its admission, programs, activities, or employment matters. For additional information, please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:


Estimated Search Timeline

This is just an estimated timeline, and guide posts are subject to change given the start of the recruiting season for Rutgers students.

Aug. 5
Application Deadline
First-round Virtual Interview
Second-round Virtual Presentation
On-campus Visit

Search Committee:

Larissa Keller (Search Chair),
Associate Director, Recruiting Programs - Career Exploration & Success

Matthew Alexander
Director, Head of Early Talent Acquisition - Prudential

Toni Berlingieri
Assistant Director, Networking Sessions and Interviewing Programs - Career Exploration & Success

Catarina Caulfield
Industry-to-Campus Connector - Career Exploration & Success

Flore Dorcely-Mohr
Manager, Campus & Early Careers Recruiting - Maximus

Kevin Ewell
Assistant Dean and Director of Student Services - School of Communication and Information

Rudrani Gangopadhyay
Graduate Coordinator, Career Communities - Career Exploration & Success (Doctoral Student, Comparative Literature)

Rhode Gardere
Student Special Assistant to the Executive Director - Career Exploration & Success (Undergraduate Student, Social Work)

Lisa Goddard
Sr. Assistant Director, Career and Internship Fairs - Career Exploration & Success

Shalini Jain
Industry-to-Campus Connector - Career Exploration & Success

James King
Senior Director, Office of Career Management - Rutgers Business School

Janice Lynn Rein
Web Implementation Specialist - Career Exploration & Success

Chris Scherer
Director, Office for External Engagement & Partnerships - School of Arts & Sciences

Barbara Thomson
Director, Career Operations & Strategic Initiatives - Career Exploration & Success

Colin Von Liebtag
Associate Director, Alumni Career Engagement - Rutgers University Alumni Association


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Application Deadline to Apply: 11:59 pm on August 5, 2023