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CUNY Industry and Employer Engagement Specialist, Continuing Education and Workforce Programs in New York, New York

Industry and Employer Engagement Specialist, Continuing Education and Workforce Programs

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Central Office

Full/Part Time





The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s largest urban public university and serves 275,000 degree- seeking students and 200,000 non-degree students across 25 campuses. The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs (CEWP) at CUNY is responsible for mobilizing the university’s unparalleled scale, assets and diverse talent to fuel inclusive economic prosperity. CEWP is working to ensure that 1) CUNY graduates can launch or advance in sustaining careers of their choosing at salaries equivalent to their peers, 2) businesses can turn to CUNY to find the talent, services, and expertise they need to thrive, 3) faculty and staff come and stay at CUNY because the impact they can have on students’ career trajectory is unparalleled and recognized, and 4) sustainable funding streams support proven interventions for bolstering student career success today and for years to come.

The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs (CEWP) at CUNY is seeking Industry and Employer Engagement Specialists who will work with industry employers to identify quality employment opportunities for CUNY students and graduates, and will help cultivate industry partnerships that grow student career and hiring pipelines. Reporting to the Senior Director for Talent and Industry Innovation, the Industry and Employer Engagement Specialist will help to implement the University’s strategy to build and sustain industry and talent partnerships with the goals of advancing the economic mobility of CUNY students and prosperity of businesses. They will engage employers in defining workforce needs, identifying hiring challenges and opportunities, and specifying skills and proficiencies needed to fill available roles; develop and refine talent recruitment models and processes based on employer information that help to connect qualified CUNY students to high-quality career opportunities (e.g. full time and internship roles); engage campus staff and faculty to build sustaining partnerships that benefit campuses directly.

In addition to the job summary above and CUNY Title Overview below, other key duties include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Build strong partnerships and talent pipelines with businesses to help CUNY students successfully launch and advance in sustaining careers of their choosing.

  • Work with teams across CUNY to establish the data and reporting systems needed to track and evaluate progress towards the goal of increasing the rate of CUNY graduates employed at graduation, and closing any disparities in job attainment.

  • Develop and share insights from interactions with industry across the CUNYverse, including labor-market intelligence, in-demand trends, and potential policy and operational barriers that may prevent CUNY from taking full advantage of career opportunities for students.

  • Assist campus faculty and staff with building a network of trained career, industry, and employer specialists dedicated to working with businesses to build hiring partnerships for CUNY students and graduates.

  • Identify and deploy strategies for closing disparities in job outcomes for CUNY graduates, including but not limited to working with employers to identify practices that may be creating artificial barriers to qualified talent.

  • Inform CEWP unit-wide strategies and help other divisions better realize their industry engagement goals.

To learn more about Continuing Education and Workforce Programs at CUNY, please visit:


1) Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work on-site in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to the tri-state area.

2) Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.



Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.


  • Four years’ experience in career services or economic or workforce development, performing community and business outreach, implementing talent acquisition and outreach strategies, and cultivating business, industry and employer relations partnerships within the NYC metro area employment landscape.

  • Experience attaining jobs, career, internship, field work, experiential and service learning opportunities with various organizations for students, graduates and alumni.

  • Understanding of recruitment and hiring processes in key sectors of the NYC economy (e.g. tech, healthcare, green energy, manufacturing, etc.), plus knowledge of and experience with the CUNY system.

  • Strong businesses development, sales, partnerships, and customer-service skills with strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and relationship-building skills to appreciate the value of others and work effectively and collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders.

  • Detailed and dependable with effective organizational, time management and priority setting skills to manage multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and deliver results in a dynamic environment.

  • Computer proficiency using administrative systems and databases, plus Microsoft Office 365 programs, and remote/virtual meeting/conferencing and collaboration tools (MS Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Skype).


Provides career development counseling and develops job opportunities for students under the direction of senior management

  • Oversees job placement activities and services for students; provides training in resume writing, interview preparation, job retention assistance and other job readiness skills

  • Evaluates student skills and career interests to match with appropriate employers

  • Works with the business community to identify employment opportunities for students

  • Compiles and analyzes placement and retention data; prepares statistical reports on program activities

  • May supervise office operations and/or department budget

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Academic Program Job Developer


Higher Education Assistant




Salary is up to $88,602, commensurate with qualifications, experience, and education.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials meet the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

Current CUNY employees must apply through CUNYfirst Employee Self Service using their login credentials. After you login, click the Careers tile on the Employee Self Service Menu page to view job openings.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:


July 6, 2022


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.