Director, Center for Academic and Career Engagement

Director, Center for Academic and Career Engagement

Title: Director, Center for Academic and Career Engagement

Employment Status: Full-time

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Organizational Relationship: Report to Vice President for Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life

Job Purpose:

The Center for Academic and Career Engagement supports students from their transition to Wagner and throughout the college experience as they select a major, consider study abroad options, gain internship experience, and develop leadership skills, and assists in the application of these skills to a process of lifelong career development.  Students find their own answers to the question, “What’s Your Wagner Plan?” as they follow a 4-step process of self-inquiry, major and career exploration, reflection and decision making, and strategic action – either a job search or graduate school pursuit. The proactive and integrated services offered to all students include academic advising and support, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, major exploration, personal and career assessments, career counseling, resume and cover letter preparation, interview preparation, evaluation of employment objectives, and assistance in planning internship and job search strategies.  Students who utilize the Center can connect to career and graduate school resources including job and internship listings, employer literature, a mentorship program with Wagner alums, and networking and skill-building workshops offered on a regular basis to support students as they explore various career paths.  The Center adds value to the students' educational experiences by assuring that the resources of the College are available to our diverse population of students as they prepare for the world of work.

The Director of Academic and Career Engagement sets the strategic vision for the integration and administration of programs and services for the Center, which includes services for students with disabilities, academic and career advisement, academic support services such as support for at-risk and transfer students, peer tutoring, and the Writing Center.   As a key member of the leadership in the Division of Campus Life, this role supports the Campus Life mission of enriching and supporting lifelong learning for all students throughout their experience at Wagner College. This position directs all operations and planning for the Center, which includes providing academic and career counseling, group programming, developing and implementing assessment strategies, engaging with members of faculty, alumni outreach, and employer relations, with the ultimate goal of ensuring student success in developing the skills and competencies necessary to successfully negotiate their academic affairs and professional careers during and after college.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Create and promote a mission and vision for the Center for Academic and Career Engagement that aligns with the missions of the College and of the Division of Campus Life.
  • Work collaboratively, develop relationships with, and integrate services with faculty and with other campus offices including, but not limited to Alumni Relations, Registrar, Athletics, Financial Aid, Residential Education, Intercultural Advancement and Co-Curricular Programs.
  • Establish and cultivate strong relationships with these departments to build upon past successes, identify new synergies, and develop new initiatives and partnerships to ensure future success.
  • Serve as a key member of the retention committee helping to coordinate information.
  • Develop and coordinate a four-year model of progressive academic and career development programming, including the facilitation and coordination of events and workshops that are dynamic with measurable outcomes.
  • Develop and implement strategies that are intentional in helping to advise students regarding their personal direction, discipline expertise and professional skills.
  • Monitor the needs of students and connect those needs to the College’s resources by working closely with employers, advisory board members, faculty, and other College departments to develop policies and solutions to affirm our commitment to improving our students' experience.
  • Assess the needs of employers and assist with customized strategies for recruitment.
  • Supervise the compilation of statistical information relative to career counseling, referral and recruitment activities and the career plans of graduating seniors. Analyze data and prepare reports for dissemination to the campus community and external constituencies.
  • Administer and evaluate personal and career assessments such as Myers-Briggs, Self-Directed Search, and Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate four full-time professionals; indirectly supervise three graduate assistants.
  • Maintain positive relationships with national, regional, and local employers who have recruiting relationships with the College.
  • Promote the vision of the department through participation and leadership in Learning Communities, service on committees, and participation in campus activities and admissions events.
  • Apply communications, information management, website development and other technologies in administering and marketing the Center for Academic and Career Engagement.
  • Oversee the Academic and Career Engagement budget.
  • Coordinate the student award dinners and programs.
  • Represent Wagner College as a participant and leader with professional associations.

 Nothing in this job description restricts Management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Work Experience

5-7 years of progressive experience in academic advisement, career development, recruiting, or constituent development required. Knowledge of assessment and data analysis strongly preferred. Supervisory and marketing experience in a University or College setting preferred.


Master’s degree required.  Strong priority given to candidates holding master’s degrees in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Resources, or relevant area, and to candidates with a terminal degree.


Preferred certification or experience in career and style inventories.

Desired Work Traits

Ability to strategically plan and lead a department; meet with large number of students with various needs; compassionate and caring attitude toward students; strong organizational skills in order to maintain progress on multiple projects at once; analytical skills to develop and implement outcomes-based assessment and report data; ability to build and maintain professional networks with students, alumni, faculty, parents, and employers; ability to present information to students and parents. Strong leadership and supervisory skills, with demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work effectively within a team environment.   Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in creating reports, business correspondence, marketing brochures, and publications.  The ideal candidate is collaborative and student-centered.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word and Excel, Google calendar, email, and documents required.  Jenzabar and Cognos/Impromptu query software desired. Preferred ability to use social networking sites and to use basic software to update departmental website.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Excellent listening and oral communicating skills; ability to reach out to students.  Excellent written communication skills. Must work cooperatively with constituencies.

Special Considerations

Working Conditions

Layout of the office suite includes a stair without an elevator.


Some travel required for employer and alumni cultivation and professional conferences.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply, please direct letters of interest and resumes to:

Ann Giarratano, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Vice President Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life

Wagner College

One Campus Road

Staten Island, NY 10301

or with the subject line "Director, CACE"

No phone calls please. The review of applications will begin immediately.