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Assistant Dean and Executive Director 
Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education + Connections 

University of Rochester



Since its founding in 1850, Rochester has been committed to preparing its students for success in their future life and career roles, and the quality of the student experience has been a central value. The University of Rochester is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities for its excellence in research productivity (one of only 28 private universities in the U.S. to earn the distinction) and is consistently ranked among the top 40 national research universities in the United States.

The University occupies a beautiful setting located along the banks of the Genesee River and is home to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music, the closely integrated School of Arts and Sciences and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Simon Business School, the Warner School of Education and Human Development, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the Eastman Institute of Oral Health. Rochester, located in an especially beautiful part of the United States proximate to the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario, is among the most livable cities in the nation, with exceptional artistic and cultural amenities and a very high quality of life at a reasonable cost.

This is a particularly exciting moment and an inflection point for Rochester. Sarah Mangelsdorf, a nationally recognized psychologist and higher education leader, assumed the presidency in July 2019. President Mangelsdorf’s vision for Rochester builds on the University’s distinctive strengths and broad excellence while encouraging greater collaboration across schools and promoting key values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. David Figlio, a leading economist specializing in K-12 and higher education research, joined as provost in July 2022 and is collaborating with President Mangelsdorf and other University leaders to launch an ambitious and distinctive strategic plan this year.


The Assistant Dean and Executive Director is the lead visionary and external-facing executive driving the enhancement, expansion, organization, and implementation of initiatives related to the pre-and post-graduation career exploration and development of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E) students and young alumni. As the “chief career officer” for the College and Greene Center (and often times the University) with external constituents, the Assistant Dean works in collaboration with deans and other University leaders, academic departments/faculty, student services colleagues, career development teams, the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations, corporate and ed-tech partners to create innovative partnerships, programs, internships, and opportunities that will serve students from their first year to their post-graduate careers.

Key priorities for the Assistant Dean include:

  • Aligning the mission, services, and organizational structure of a comprehensive unit to reflect progressive best practices and measurable outcomes, and key performance indicators.

  • Leading, growing, and developing a team of professionals that are responsive to stakeholder needs, and market trends.

  • Deepening and strengthening early talent pipelines through corporate development and alumni engagement.

  • Developing and growing ways to involve parents and family.

  • Increasing the breadth and scope of experiential and post-graduate opportunities in various sectors.

  • Addressing the unique needs of graduate students pursuing non-academic careers.

  • Enhancing career education and outreach to students in partnership with academic advising and student life resources, and in particular, to international, first-generation, and underrepresented students.

  • Serving as the principal spokesperson for the Greene Center with the media and other external constituencies addressing internship, career planning, and work-related programs and initiatives, as well as marketing the talents and capabilities of university students.

  • Managing a $2m+ operating budget that includes a University-allocated budget, revenue accounts, and 10+ endowed and gift accounts.

The University of Rochester institutional job description outlines the following specific responsibilities to be addressed by the assistant dean/executive director under general direction and with considerable latitude for independent judgment and initiative:

Strategic Leadership

●    Sets overall goals and priorities for the Greene Center in consultation with the Dean of the College and other University leaders. 

●    Consults and communicates with other divisions of the University in establishing these activities and in carrying them out. Coordinates efforts across schools and the college with emphasis on growth, scale, and technology. Provides professional development opportunities to all team members. Develop University-wide career ed-tech strategy.

●    Understands and implements services and programs that advance social justice, equity, and access to career education resources, opportunities, and networks to further Center’s mission.

●    Contributes (in measurable ways) to the overall goals of retention, persistence, and student success of undergraduate students.

●    Meets regularly with deans and other key University faculty and staff for the purpose of ensuring career education is integrated throughout the student experience.

●    Represents the University at professional meetings, alumni functions, employer gatherings, and student meetings (local, national, global); Speaks for the University by making presentations, writing letters and articles, and communicating information to the media, alumni, employers, graduate schools and community groups on career education and work-related issues. 

●    Develops policies and procedures relevant to the Greene Center and serves as the College's primary representative for issues related to career education and life design for students and recent alumni.  

●    Leads comprehensive strategic planning activities and initiatives informed by university priorities and data insights.

●    Serves on University task forces and assists with special projects as requested by the Dean.  
Experiential Learning and Curriculum

●    Oversees programs designed to increase internship opportunities for students in conjunction with other experiential learning initiatives and competency development. 

●    Supports and positions office to offer curricular initiatives and embed career education into the academic experience; works with curriculum committee and Dean’s office to evaluate academic policies and ensure alignment.

●    Develops key partnerships with campus partners and faculty to integrate career education into co-curricular experiences and the curriculum.
Development and Corporate Engagement

●    Leads a strategic, intentional effort to expand corporate engagement through active cultivation and strengthening of relationships with alumni, parents, and other employer representatives/recruiters to support the career center and the students it serves is essential.

●    Establishes and leverages a system of internal champions within a broad spectrum of corporate, non-profit, governmental, and entrepreneurial organizations that will actively promote the talents and aspirations of Rochester students and graduates.

●    As interest in the global marketplace expands for US domestic and international students, the Greene Center needs to have a proactive strategy for addressing the unique needs and interests of these constituents.

●    Participates in University development efforts to raise funds for these activities including presentations to potential donors and grant writing for foundation support. Works with AS&E liaisons to coordinate and create a fundraising strategy to support various Greene Center funds.

●    Partners with Alumni Relations to maintain and grow strategy for alumni engagement to serve as Greene Center volunteers and part of the career education ecosystem.
Greene Center Leadership and Supervision

●    Develops strategies for the College, students, alumni, faculty, and employers that address and are responsive to future of work trends. Ensures that the Greene Center continually aspires to be a dynamic, innovative, and highly collaborative organization that serves a broad spectrum of students and graduates and is responsive to changing trends impacting the marketplace and interests of students, as well as evolving trends and the use of technology. 

●    Directs the activities of the Greene Center, including long-range planning; staff hiring, development, and training; strategic planning and establishment of goals and objectives. 

●    Leads Greene Center Directors and leadership team in leveraging data to forecast trends, drive strategy and coordinate functional areas of the Greene Center.

●    Supervises and evaluates senior staff as they carry out their delegated responsibilities to develop and manage programs to meet these goals. 

●    Oversees the preparation of budget requests for the Greene Center and the administration of the office’s operating budget and relevant endowment accounts. Oversees program reports, projects future expenditures, and ensures fiscal compliance for appropriate federal, state, and institutionally funded programs. 

●    Manages a portfolio of educational technology with regular evaluation of resources and services that can be enhanced through technology deployment.

●    Conducts comprehensive assessment of the organization - including mission, vision, and values, as well as services/deliverables/programming, staffing model, appointment scheduling, website, and branding on a regular basis.

●    Develops and evaluates services, resources, and strategies that will encourage all students to engage with the Greene Center and career education in general, beginning in their first year of study.

●    Ensures collection of first destination data and data coordination with institutional research. Advocates for
continued career education data collection including experiential learning and alumni career mobility.


Characteristics of the Role

The successful candidate will possess a track record of innovative leadership and a broad understanding of career flexibility and opportunities for individuals educated in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. A master’s degree and five years of related experience in career development, higher education administration, fundraising, or talent management—or an equivalent combination of education and experience—are required.

The ability to build effective relationships; superior communication skills; capacity for innovative thinking; and an ability to build strategic partnerships with internal and external constituents are of key importance. An ability to think strategically; lead change; motivate students; promote professional development and creativity among staff; collect, analyze, and report data; and passionately market the talents and capabilities of diverse students and graduates to a wide range of internship sponsors, alumni, educational institutions, and employers. Additional capabilities and attributes identified as important by University of Rochester stakeholders include:


  • Must be visionary and forward-thinking, as well as willing to risk change—able to anticipate trends, opportunities, and challenges and bring forth creative solutions that will produce continuous improvement and ensure currency of programs, services, and outcomes. 

  • Possess a high degree of cultural competency and sensitivity that promotes positive relationships with individuals of varied backgrounds.

  • Understand and value the role of faculty, particularly within the context of a research institution.

  • Demonstrate skills of diplomacy and political acuity—capable of managing expectations of multiple stakeholders, articulating a clear strategy, and developing buy-in among varied constituents.

  • Be conversant with, and contribute to, topics in the national media including “the value of higher education” and “return on investment;”

  • Be data-driven—focused on outcomes and results.

  • Exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and sustain a high degree of energy, drive, and passion that readily engages and inspires others.

  • Possess excellent follow-through skills.

  • Understand the evolving dynamics of the global marketplace and recruitment strategies, as well as the changing interests and values of contemporary students.

  • Maintain a keen interest in technology and social media and how these tools may be leveraged to market and deliver services, resources, and general information.

  • Must be collaborative, transparent, and innovative—able to connect individuals and their passions to mission-driven goals and objectives. 


Greene Center Overview


The career center at the University of Rochester has long been a student-centered service. In 2011, the center was renamed the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center (Career Center) in recognition of its namesake’s long-standing support to the University and its students. As a member of the University’s board of trustees and ardent supporter of the career center for many years, Gwen M. Greene has generously provided scholarships and internship opportunities, served as an advocate on behalf of UR within the corporate settings she has worked, championed career education in Advancement and Senior Administration, supported first-generation undergraduate students, and mentored individual students and generously shared networking contacts to help advance their professional preparation and aspirations. The career center moved into a beautifully renovated space on the fourth floor of Dewey Hall in August 2013. In 2015, the University hired a new Executive Director and began the process of modernizing and elevating career education at UR. It was renamed at that time as the Greene Center for Career Education + Connections.


Vision: Equitable access to career education and connections for students and recent alumni as they explore, consider, and create career possibilities.


Mission: Design and curate experiences to cultivate adaptability, resiliency, and career design competencies. Foster connections to build social capital and job, internship, and graduate school opportunities. Connect organizations and talent. Engage with our community about the future of work.


Greene Center Organizational Structure

At present, there are 22 team members and 20 student staff employed by the Greene Center.

Institutional Commitment to DEI


The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.  This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled



Jeffrey Runner
Dean of the College in Arts, Sciences & Engineering
Vice Provost and University Dean for Undergraduate Education

Professor of Linguistics and Brain & Cognitive Sciences


Jeffrey Runner became dean of the College on July 1, 2017. In this role, he is directly responsible for 18 offices, centers and programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering that focus on areas including academics, research, undergraduate support and advising, student life, and diversity. In July 2021, he was additionally appointed vice provost and university dean for undergraduate education, a role that coordinates undergraduate education and student life broadly across the University, including in Arts, Sciences & Engineering and at the Eastman School of Music.

Administrative and Academic Leadership

Runner has been teaching at the University since 1994. He has been a professor of linguistics since 2015 and has held a secondary appointment in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences since 2005. Runner served for many years as a freshman and sophomore pre-major adviser and has advised many bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree candidates. In 2006, he received the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

In 2014, he was appointed chair of the Department of Linguistics. He has been a member of the Center for Language Sciences (CLS)—an interdisciplinary center supporting research and training in natural language—since 1994 and served as CLS director from 2009–14.  He was also director of graduate studies in linguistics from 2015–16 and has been a faculty associate of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies since 2003, serving at different times as its curriculum director, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Governance Committee, and acting director.

Runner also served as Faculty Development and Diversity Officer for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, a position that works with University leadership and faculty to develop strategies for greater hiring and retention of underrepresented faculty.

Research and Scholarship

Runner’s research focuses on syntax—the study of the sentence structure in the world’s languages—and his lab uses visual world eye-tracking and other experimental methodologies to examine how sentence structure affects meaning. Experimental syntax uses tools from experimental psycholinguistics to learn more about the ways these structures differ cross-linguistically, as well as to understand how a language’s structures affect how people use and produce their language.

His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation since 2002 and he has published in some of the top journals in the field, including Linguistic Inquiry, Linguistics and Philosophy, Cognition, Syntax, and Cognitive Science, as well as in The Blackwell Companion to Syntax.

He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Provost and Gordon Fyfe Professor of Economics and Education

David Figlio is the University of Rochester’s Provost and Gordon Fyfe Professor of Economics and Education. He began his role at the University effective July 1, 2022. 

Figlio is an internationally recognized economist and educational leader whose interdisciplinary research spans educational, public, and social policy, including the link between health and education.

David Figlio conducts research on a wide range of education and health policy issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design, as well as the interrelationship between education and health. He also studies aspects of the academic profession itself, with recent papers on academic peer review and the publication process. He collaborates frequently with state and local health and education agencies, and recently led a National Science Foundation-sponsored national network to facilitate the use of matched administrative datasets to inform and evaluate education policy. He was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2017.

Figlio has published his work in numerous leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, JAMA Pediatrics, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Human Resources. Organizations supporting his research include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Annie E. Casey, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Gates, Laura and John Arnold, MacArthur, Smith Richardson, and Spencer foundations, among others.

Figlio is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; a research fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany; a member of the CESifo Network on the Economics of Education in Munich, Germany; and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He served as the inaugural editor of the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s journal, Education Finance and Policy (MIT Press), and recently completed ten years as Coeditor and then Editor (from 2015-2021) of the Journal of Human Resources. He has been part of numerous national education task forces and panels, such as the Institute of Medicine’s panel on the Science of Child Development from Birth through Age Eight and advised several U.S. states and foreign nations on the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies.

Figlio joined Rochester on July 1, 2022 from Northwestern University, where he served as Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, and was previously the Director of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. Prior to that he taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Florida, where he was the Knight-Ridder Professor of Economics. He earned his PhD in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



This position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and three references as one document, either in Word or a PDF. The file name should start with your first name and then your last name, such as “John Doe – University of Rochester Application.” This should be emailed to with the email subject of “Application for University of Rochester Assistant Dean and Executive Director.”


To be considered, interested applicants should submit the requested materials no later than Sunday, May 14, 2023 by 11:59 EDT.



The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.  This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

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