Rutgers University-Newark, an urban public research university and anchor institution, located in Newark, New Jersey, a city of promise, is seeking a Director of Partnerships and Engagement for the Academic Foundations Center. Reporting to the Associate Dean/Director of AFC/EOF, the Director of Partnerships and Engagement is responsible for the Rutgers University-Newark educational partner projects and initiatives designed primarily but not necessarily exclusively for first-generation and low-income students, to enhance access to higher education in general and RUN in particular and to improve degree attainment rates for those already enrolled or enrolling at RUN. These partnerships have a fundamental role for RU-N not only in enabling the university to meet its enrollment growth and retention and degree attainment rate targets but also in able RUN to realize its strategic planning priorities of investing in our students — particular in the area of student services and support — and in anchor institution collaboration.
The duties include but are not limited to: -Serve as the liaison and single point of contact for internal/external units, and formal/ informal educational partners to facilitate programming, support, and informational needs. -Facilitate the development of new partnership agreements in keeping with the mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities of RU-N and AFC. -Provide leadership and oversight to the execution of various aspects of partnership agreements/MOU's. -Supervise and support a senior program coordinator. -Manage programming, advising, and mentorship. -Oversee data collection, assessment, evaluation, and reporting. -Develop, coordinate, and evaluate programs and projects that promote alumni relations, connect alumni with matriculating students, and create educational, career, mentorship, and donor opportunities. For more information please visit: https://myrun.newark.rutgers.edu/afc
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Master's degree in education, counseling, public administration, organizational management, social sciences, social work or related field.
Also requires three years' experience with urban, multicultural students, communities and school systems with demonstrated experience in the development and management of creative alternative programming, program assessment and evaluation.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of academic advisement and/or student engagement and student success programming, or with philanthropic foundations or non-profit organizations, at least some of which with responsibilities for programming in the areas of college access, recruitment, retention, graduation, and/or success.
Strong interpersonal skills, enabling effective interaction with a range of constituents from high school students to senior leadership and board members of partner colleges and institutions.
Ability to analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action.
Plan and work effectively and cooperatively with peers, faculty, administrators, students, staff, alumni, and community from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
Data collection and analysis.
Preparation of formal and visually pleasing reports.
Basic knowledge of college curricula and degree attainment requirements.
Development and implementation of budgets and resources development.
Strong interpersonal skills using tact, patience, engagement, and active follow-up.
Strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to draft and revise effective partnership agreements in collaboration with partners, senior RU-N leadership, and RU Office of General Counsel.
Ability to prepare statistical analyses of program outcomes data in collaboration with the director of institutional effectiveness and assistant provost of student success.
PhD in Higher Education or related field and multilingual preferred.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.