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Assistant Director for Watson Career and Alumni Connections

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Category:: Professional
Department:: Watson Career and Alumni Connections
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Mar 31, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 06843
Position ID:: 144727

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: Senior Staff Assistant (SL-3)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Assistant Director of the Watson Career and Alumni Connections (WCAC) Office within the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Sciences enhances professional development opportunities for students through a variety of career-oriented initiatives including student appointments, workshops, events, and supports the Watson student organizations. The Assistant Director also enhances alumni connections through the implementation and facilitation of targeted company/employer receptions.

The office assists all students enrolled in the Watson College (bachelors, masters, and doctoral students) with navigating their path to rewarding employment or their preferred destination by enabling employer/alumni connections and offering professional development skills and support.

The WCAC Office:

  • 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 by helping them connect with our engineering and computer science students through a variety of events and programs.
  • Engages alumni via on-campus, off-campus, and virtual events/programming and coordinates their connections with students through professional development events, activities, and programs.
  • Collaborates with campus partners and colleagues in Watson College.

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

Duties of the Assistant Director include:

  • Create and promote career exploration events and opportunities for Watson undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop and execute an alumni engagement plan comprised of student-alumni connections, with a focus on alumni events/receptions throughout the country both in-person and in a virtual manner
  • Create, offer, and assess skills-building programming centered around preparation for large-scale recruitment events (i.e. Job and Internship Fair, Career Expo), career exploration, as well as individual career preparation (i.e. job/internship search, personal career materials, and professional etiquette). This includes providing oversight and input on the weekly Events & Opportunities WCAC newsletter.
  • Meet with students in a 1-on-1 capacity to advise them on professional resumes, cover letters, networking/LinkedIn, interview preparation, the job/internship search, graduate school planning, and other career-related topics
  • Assist all Watson populations through specialized and population-specific programming and/or support (with a primary focus on underrepresented/diverse student populations and graduate students)
  • Present to select Watson classes regarding WCAC offerings and about professional development topics as requested by faculty
  • Proactively develop relationships with the 30 Watson student organizations for the purpose of increasing their members' engagement with career offerings and collaborations with one another. Create programming for groups based on student needs and coordinate an involvement fair once per semester. Implement alumni affinity groups with student organization involvement.
  • Create and facilitate workshops for the Watson Scholars program and 2+2 internship program students to ensure career readiness and post-graduation success (in collaboration with director)
  • Supervise the WCAC Graduate Assistant (including mentorship, work schedule, training, assigning tasks, feedback, social media marketing, support for programmatic initiatives, etc.)
  • Work with the employer relations and alumni relations aspects of the WCAC Office to promote/support initiatives as needed.
  • Assess programs related to alumni relations. Utilize this data for continuous improvement.
  • Research and catalog alumni achievements that can be accessed and referenced for special award recognition, panels, tech talks, keynote speakers, and more
  • Collaborate with the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Watson Director of Development for various alumni initiatives
  • Assist with comprehensive data collection and outcomes promotion for the annual Destination Survey


  • Bachelor's degree and three or more years of professional experience
  • Event planning and programming experience
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with both internal and external constitutes through phone, email, and video conference platforms, and in-person
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with individuals from different nationalities, cultures, and wide range of experience
  • Proactive, detail-oriented, and excellent organizational/time management skills to manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proficiency in analytical and computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom, Canva, Google Workspace, and other common office software)
  • Effectively collaborate with a diverse group of individuals including faculty, staff, alumni, industry employers, campus partners, students and visitors
  • Commitment to program innovation, assessment and metrics-based management
  • Ability to work some evenings or weekends to support programming
  • Ability to periodically travel nationally and internationally


  • Master's degree in a related field (i.e. Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Public Relation, Business Administration, or similar)
  • Experience working with students in a higher education setting, preferably in a career development capacity

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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Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: April 14, 2022

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.

Please submit:

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

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Working at Binghamton University

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Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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