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Executive Director, Wasserman Center for Career Development

New York University
New York City, New York
Start date
Nov 3, 2023

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Executive, Executive Directors
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New York University

New York, New York


New York University (NYU), a preeminent global research university, seeks a vibrant and collaborative leader to serve as the next executive director of the Wasserman Center for Career Development (Wasserman). This is a unique opportunity to join a global community deeply committed to student access, career development, and success and making a difference in the lives of individuals, in structures and systems, on both local and global scales.

Founded in 1831 by a farsighted group of prominent New Yorkers, the “University of the City of New York” (as NYU was originally known) was envisioned from the start as something new: an academic institution metropolitan in character, democratic in spirit, and responsive to the demands of a bustling commercial culture. True to its founders’ vision, NYU has grown into one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education, a dynamic and prominent research university that is “in and of the city” with an academic presence that spans the globe. As the largest private university in the United States, NYU enrolls over 61,000 students across degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, with 12 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries.

This is a pivotal moment for a visionary leader to leverage NYU’s impact and momentum. Reporting to the senior associate vice president of Student Affairs, the executive director (ED) will build on the strong foundation of Wasserman as a national leader in career development, leveraging the talented and dedicated Wasserman team of 54 full-time, part-time, and affiliated staff. With a future-focused vision that complements the scale, scope, and complexity of NYU, this ED will be asked to further infuse career development into the university while advancing Wasserman’s visibility and reach through expanded external partnerships on a local to global level. With an eye to the evolving needs of NYU’s diverse students and alumni, and the increasingly complex recruiting and employment landscape, the ED will bring systems thinking to bear and bolster Wasserman’s approach to its organizational infrastructure to meet the moment and flourish in the future.

A creative and experienced professional who has developed and is energized by inclusive and complex organizations, the next ED will have experience in career services and supporting students from diverse backgrounds, and a deep knowledge of industry standards, best practices, and trends in the field. Inspired by NYU students and its global reach, the ED will be culturally intelligent and an effective relationship builder with a proven track record of successful leadership within and across units. The ED will model and embrace the university’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, accessibility, and creating a community where everyone can thrive.

Reporting to the senior associate vice president of Student Affairs, the executive director provides strategic leadership and direction for all programmatic and operational aspects of the Wasserman Center for Career Development. The ED collaboratively leads strategic planning in support of divisional and university goals and mission and oversees the design, development, assessment, and coordination of career development programs and services for students and alumni that are impactful and strategically aligned. Staying abreast of best practices and trends, the ED keeps the university community up to date on known and emerging career development issues and identifies opportunities to instill career development in the student experience. The ED also has an external facing role, developing and enhancing relationships with employers, colleagues across colleges and units within NYU, and representing Wasserman to other external stakeholders. The ED oversees the administration of Wasserman, including management of a $5.88 million budget, staff management and assessment, including the development and implementation of career outcome surveys and other data collection strategies to assess programs and services, outcomes, and effectiveness.

NYU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this critical recruitment. The target salary range for this role is $185,000 - $235,000 and will be commensurate with experience. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and applications electronically and in confidence to:

Pamela Pezzoli (she/her) Partner and Rachel Brown (she/her) Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

NYU's Global Programs & University Life organization is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility that inform academic excellence. Employees in this organization are expected to contribute to diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.



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