The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is Seeking an Executive Director

August 1, 2022

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is recruiting for the position of Executive Director.

The Center is seeking an experienced and innovative person to advance our mission and goals. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary the Center conducts research on workforce and education policies and programs designed to help people obtain good jobs. Information about current and past projects can be found on our website. A brief description of the Center can be found following this position announcement.

The Executive Director is responsible, in collaboration with the Center Director and Associate Director, for the overall management of the Center, including business, administrative, and communications practices, and the supervision of the Center’s 30 full-time professionals. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day management of all Center activities, including research and evaluation, technical assistance, and program development. The Executive Director also serves as a senior researcher and develops proposals to secure external grants and contracts to support the Center’s work. The Executive Director frequently represents the Center in meetings with senior policymakers and workforce development professionals throughout the United States. The position reports to the Director of the Center.

A Master’s degree in public policy, labor, education, higher education, economics, social work, labor relations, economic development, or a related field is required. A Ph.D. in the social sciences is preferred. The position requires at least 10 years’ experience in public policy in the areas of labor, workforce development, education, social policy, human services, and/or higher education or related policy analysis in government, a research organization, or a consulting firm. At least 8 years of direct supervisory/management experience is required.

To learn more about the position and to apply, click here.

About the Heldrich Center

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University was initially funded by endowments from John J. Heldrich and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since its founding in 1997, the Center has conducted more than 500 projects in 37 states and raised over $100 million to conduct research and develop innovative strategies to help individuals on. The Heldrich Center is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading research centers for workforce development.

The Center’s faculty and staff provide an independent source of analysis for innovation in workforce policy development through rigorous research, evaluation, and technical assistance. The Heldrich Center currently employs more than 30 faculty, researchers, and professional staff. The Center’s mission is guided by a National Advisory Board of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and business and labor union leaders. The Center’s current budget is approximately $7 million. Staff and faculty offices and conference rooms are located in New Brunswick, NJ in a building funded by the State of New Jersey.

“The Heldrich Center is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost research and policy organizations, dedicated to strengthening the American workforce during an era of rapid economic change. It researches and develops strategies that increase workers’ skills and employability, strengthen the ability of companies to compete, create jobs, and improve the quality of the public workforce development and education systems.”

— Carl Van Horn, Ph.D.,

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and

Director, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

Several major initiatives include:

  • conducting Work Trends, an award-winning national public opinion series about the public’s attitudes about work, employers, and government;
  • partnering with the Federal Reserve System to produce books, articles, and conferences on workforce development;
  • sponsoring annual workplace diversity conferences; and
  • leading the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (described below)

New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System

The New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS) is the State of New Jersey’s centralized longitudinal data system for education and workforce data. Managed by the Heldrich Center, NJEEDS’ mission is to use the state’s existing administrative data for evidence-based evaluation and policy development.

Developed through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, NJEEDS enables  state education, postsecondary education, employment, and workforce to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and labor market outcomes. NJEEDS is a collaboration between four New Jersey state agencies, each sharing individual-level data: the New Jersey Department of Labor, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.