Director of the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office

Job description

Category:: Professional
Department:: Watson Dean's Office
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Aug 11, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 01788

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Staff Associate (SL-4)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Director of Watson Career & Alumni Connections provides leadership to programs and services in the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science's Career and Alumni Connections Program. This program assists all Watson students (Bachelors, Masters and PhD) with navigating their path to rewarding employment by enabling employer/alumni connections and offering professional skills training and support. This position also recruits employers and alumni, and connects them with our talented students.

The program:

  • Encourages students to actively engage in the career preparation process throughout their academic career and empowers them to make informed career decisions
  • Provides formal student-centered programs including skills training, corporate information sessions, networking events, industry tours and access to high quality resources including advising, career counseling and mentoring support
  • Conducts outreach and facilitates strategic relationships with employers and helps them connect with our engineering and computer science students through a variety of events and programs
  • Engages alumni via on and off campus events/programming and coordinates their connections with students and involvement in career and professional development events, activities and programs
  • Collaborates with campus partners and colleagues in the Watson College

The Watson Career & Alumni Connections office is also responsible for coordinating college based commencement related activities and the College's annual Engineers Week celebrations. In addition, the office works closely with Watson College student organizations in a variety of capacities.

Duties of the Director include:

  • Develop office's metric-based strategic plan and monitor progress towards meeting objectives/goals.
  • Manage the professional and student staff of the Watson Career & Alumni Connections Office. Ensure efficient and effective operation of services.
  • Offer and instruct a non-credit career preparation course specifically designed for engineering and computer science students.
  • Engages alumni via on and off campus events/programming and coordinates their connections with students and involvement in career and professional development events, activities and programs
  • Effectively administer, collect data, and market results of Destination Surveys for Watson College undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Collect and analyze data to show support for program continuation and improvement. Ensure that event programming is meeting the needs and requests of current Watson College undergraduate and graduate students. Incorporate new strategies and programming as determined.
  • Provide class presentations and topic related sessions. Coordinate sessions with Watson College faculty and staff.
  • Contribute to the successful execution of the Watson College Commencement ceremony which includes, but is not limited to working with the University's Director of Commencement and Special Events, a committee of faculty members, the selection of student speakers, working with staff volunteers and program preparation and review.
  • Contribute to the success of Engineers Week by offering and supporting relevant programming, alumni engagement, and community offerings.
  • Oversight of a fee-based operational budget and ensure effective fiscal management and planning.
  • Collaborate with Watson Student Organizations when appropriate on programming and/or events.
  • Represent the department and the Watson College at presentations, panel workshops, classroom visits, and alumni events to educate parents, prospective students, incoming students, current students, alumni, and others regarding career preparedness and department services.
  • Develop and maintains collaborative partnerships with other school and university offices.

Measures include but are not limited to program effectiveness/utilization, student job placement, and alumni/employer engagement.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead others and build effective teams
  • Proven track record of taking on increasing levels of responsibility and sound judgment
  • Able to work with very sensitive and confidential matters with tact and discretion; and ability to respond quickly to problems/issues in an efficient manner with a calm and professional demeanor
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to successfully work with individuals from different nationalities, cultures and wide range of experience
  • Proactive, detail-oriented, and able to juggle multiple and changing priorities
  • Commitment to program innovation, assessment and metrics-based management
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse community and all constituents
  • May occasionally require evening or weekend work to support programming
  • Must be willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally
  • Excellent computer skills and presentation skills


  • Master's degree
  • Experience working at the intersection of industry and higher education with previous employment in an engineering/computer science domain

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

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The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

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Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: August 25, 2020

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

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  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Posted: 8/12/2020
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