Human Resources

The Human Resources Department at Essex County College is dedicated to supporting the College in its mission to serve the needs of the community through comprehensive educational programs and services. Our main goal is to assist management in the most effective use of our human resources, and to maximize the potential of those who work for us.

We support the College’s commitment to cultural diversity through our efforts to recruit and retain a diverse population. By providing training and development opportunities we seek to equip our employees to succeed in a dynamic and nuanced work environment. Through our efforts to communicate and enforce the institution’s policies we seek to maintain an environment that is conducive to the development of individuals at all levels.

 

Search Jobs

The Human Resources Department has partnered with PeopleAdmin to offer a platform for searching job openings at the College and for submitting applications online. If you are interested in seeking employment at the College or if you are a current employee of the College looking for career advancement, you are encouraged to apply using this new online platform.

Our online employment site allows you to search job openings, apply for positions 24/7 at your own convenience, and check on the status of your applications.

The College will post job openings and only accept applications submitted through the online employment site. Paper applications will not be accepted.

To access the online system and search for employment opportunities at Essex, click here.

Henry, Yvette

(973) 877-3084

yhenry@essex.edu

Director

Bridgett, Karen

(973) 877-3461

bridgett@essex.edu

Associate Director

Lewis-Parson, Cynthia

(973) 877-3493

clewis@essex.edu

Benefits Manager

Vinci, Alice

(973)877-3387

sanchez@essex.edu

Human Resources Coordinator

Colon, Doris

(973) 877-3083

colon@essex.edu

Employee Services Assistant

Mayers, Denise

(973) 877-3128

mayers@essex.edu

Employee Services Assistant

Bethea, Larrae

(973) 877-3413

lbethea@essex.edu

Employee Services Assistant

Qualifications and minimal educational requirements for each employment category are outlined below. With the exception of adjunct faculty and those who are otherwise exempt, under the New Jersey First Act, new hires will be required to establish principal residency in the State of New Jersey within 365 days from the date of hire.

 

Adjunct Faculty

Individuals employed as part-time instructional staff are classified as Adjunct Faculty and are not eligible for tenure. Adjunct Faculty services are usually assigned and contracted on a semester-by-semester basis and paid by contract hour. However, assignments and the rate of pay will vary for credit and non-credit assignments. Assignments for credit courses are limited to no more than three (3) courses per semester and twenty-one (21) contract hours per year. Assignments for non-credit programs may be contracted based on a program schedule and paid by contact hour.

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in the area of discipline (for credit courses)
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area (for some non-credit programs)
  • Relevant professional certification and/or licensure

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Administrative

Administrators typically provide services during the daytime, evenings and weekends as needed, and work a 35 hour work week. Administrative employees may be employed in confidential or non-confidential capacities.

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and manage competing priorities in a complex setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse academic, staff, and student populations as well as external constituents
  • Knowledge of the use of database management, word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of college administration, policies and procedures, preferably at the community college level.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Desirable Qualifications

  • Five to ten years of progressive managerial responsibility.
  • Proven ability to effectuate change and innovatively initiate new programs and approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computerized records maintenance and management, preferably the Banner System
  • Experience in the administration of instructional and community related programs preferably at the community college level.

Faculty

Individuals employed as full-time instructional staff are classified as Faculty. Faculty may be eligible for tenure in the academic ranks of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Instructor. Non-teaching Faculty or Lecturers are assigned on a 12 month contract. Teaching Faculty are expected to work a minimum of 15 contract hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in the area of discipline
  • Relevant professional certification and/or licensure

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Fraternal Order Of Police (FOP)

Our Security and Campus Police provide around-the-clock security and protection for the College. Police are employed to provide coverage for a specific shift (i.e. first, second, third or swing) and are required to work a 40 hour work week.

 

First Shift
11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Second Shift 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Third Shift 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Swing Shift Hours fluctuate

 

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • New Jersey Police Training Commission (PTC) Certification

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid NJ driver’s license
  • Must qualify for an approved firearm
  • Ability to pass extensive background investigation
  • Ability to pass physical examination requirements
  • Must have a clean police record including a successful fingerprint/records check
  • Not have been convicted or pleaded guilty to any federal or state felony charge, or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, gambling or controlled dangerous substances
  • Maintain responsibilities in spite of inclement weather and other similar factors
  • Report to work on occasions of school closing due to such events, unless otherwise notified
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Professional

Professional employees typically provide services during the daytime, evenings and weekends as needed, and work a 35 hour work week. Professional positions are assigned by grade levels ranging from Level I through Level IV. Professional employees may be employed in confidential or non-confidential capacities.

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Professional Level II and above)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of database management, word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge in college administration, policies and procedures, preferably at the community college level
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse academic, staff, and student populations as well as external constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and manage competing priorities in a complex setting

Security

Our Security and Campus Police provide around-the-clock security and protection for the College. Security employees are employed to provide coverage for a specific shift (i.e., first, second, third or swing) and are required to work a 40 hour work week.

First Shift
11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Second Shift 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Third Shift 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Swing Shift Hours fluctuate

 

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid NJ driver’s license
  • Must have a clean police record including a successful fingerprint/records check
  • Ability to pass physical examination requirements
  • Maintain responsibilities in spite of inclement weather and other similar factors
  • Report to work on occasions of school closing due to such events, unless otherwise notified
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Support Staff (Clerical and Facilities)

Clerical employees provide service during the daytime, evenings and weekends as needed, and work a 35 hour work week. Clerical positions are assigned by grade levels ranging from Grade 4 through Grade 14.

Facilities employees are employed to provide service for a specific shift (i.e., first, second, third or swing) and are required to work a 40 hour work week.

First Shift
11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Second Shift 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Third Shift 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Swing Shift Hours fluctuate

 

Minimum Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Associate’s Degree (required for higher clerical grade classifications)

Qualifications for Clerical Support Staff

  • Working knowledge of computer applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Qualifications for Facilities Support Staff

  • Trade certification required for select positions
  • Demonstrated ability to climb ladders and scaffolds
  • Ability to routinely lift, push or pull up to 70 pounds
  • Ability to read general operating instructions and to write simple reports
  • Ability to pass physical examination requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

 

Services

Workplace Wellness Programs

Fitness Center

Employees are allowed access to the College’s state of the art physical fitness facilities.

Health and Wellness Fair

This annual event features representatives from various health fields and is a valuable source of health and wellness information for employees. Employees are offered an array of health assessments that include blood pressure screenings, glucose testing, and body fat analysis.

Walking Club

If you are interested in walking your way to a healthier heart this group may be for you. Convert your lunch break to a ‘health’ break by walking indoors in the winter months and outdoors in warmer weather. Contact the Human Resources Department to register.

Direct Deposit

The College offers the convenience of direct deposit of paychecks for all employees. Our workplace banking programs with Bank of America and Wells Fargo offer free banking services. For employees’ convenience, a Bank of America ATM is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Building.

Cafeteria Services

Cafeteria offer a variety of meals which may be eaten in the cafeteria or taken out.

College Events

Each year a number of events including concerts, lectures, plays and exhibits are hosted by campus organizations and departments. Many events are free and open to the public.

View College Events Calendar

A. You can change your insurance carrier once each year during Open Enrollment which is the month of October. New coverage takes effect on January 1, of the following year.

 

Q. When can I add my new dependent to my benefit plan?

A. You have 60 days from the event date (marriage, birth, etc) to add the new dependent. If you miss that opportunity, you must wait until Open Enrollment in the month of October. Coverage will take effect on January 1, of the following year.

 

Q. I need a pension loan, what do I do?

A. You can apply on-line at the Division of Pensions website if you are a PERS, TPAF, or PFRS participant. For loan information and application form click here or visit http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/loans-home.shtml.

ABP participants will need to call their selected carrier.

 

Q. How can I change my beneficiary for life insurance?

A. The Designation of Beneficiary Form is available on our website under Documents & Forms or in the Human Resources Department. You can change your beneficiary as many times as you like.

To change your beneficiary for pension purposes, the above referenced form can be used by PERS, TPAF, and PFRS participants. Alternate Benefit Program participants need to contact their investment carrier for their change or beneficiary form.

 

Q. Is medical or dental coverage available when my child is no longer my dependent?

A. Yes. For medical coverage your child can be covered under COBRA for a maximum period of 36 months or Chapter 375 coverage for children to age 30. Both types of coverage are voluntary and are paid for by the employee or the insured. For more information visit: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/shbp.htm

 

Q. Can I pay off a pension loan early? How do I get a pay off figure?

A. Yes, you can pay off a pension loan early. If you are a PERS, TPAF, or PFRS participant, you will need to call Client Services at the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits at (609) 292-7524, give them the date you wish to pay off the loan and they will provide you with a pay off quote. ABP participants will need to contact their related carrier.

 

Q. Is it possible to purchase service that is pensionable?

A. If you are a PERS, TPAF, or PFRS participant, you may be eligible to do so. Time that can be purchased includes temporary time immediately preceding a permanent appointment, time not earned while on medical leave without pay, military time, time from a previous membership, employment with other public agencies, out-of-state public employment and U.S. government employment. Forms are available on line at the Division of Pension website.

 

Q. If I want to change doctors, who do I contact?

A. You will need to contact you health carrier directly to change your primary care physician. Be sure to ask the Customer service Representative when the change will become effective.

 

Q. Is there a waiting period before my insurance goes into effect?

A. Yes, you will have a 60 waiting period before your health coverage goes into effect.

 

Q. At what age are my children eligible for dental coverage?

A. Your children are eligible for dental coverage from the age of two. Be sure to add your eligible children at their second birthday.

 

Q. Can I access my state benefits profile online?

A. Yes. As a member of a New Jersey State-Administered pension fund, you may now access the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS). MBOS is a set of Internet based applications that allow registered members quick and easy access to pension and health benefit account information.

Before you can begin using the system, you must be registered with MBOS.

To begin the MBOS registration process click here.

What is the residency requirement for employment in the State of New Jersey?

May 2011 Governor Christie signed into law the New Jersey First Act (New Jersey Senate Bill No. 1730).  The law became effective September 1, 2011 and mandates that public employees obtain a principal residence in the State of New Jersey within one year of beginning their public employment.  The principal residency requirement applies to all regular and temporary employees, unless otherwise exempt.  The law defines principal residency as: (1) where the individual spends the majority of his or her nonworking time, (2) the location which is most clearly the center of his or her domestic life, and (3) the location which is designated as his or her legal address and legal residence for voting.  As a New Jersey public employer, new employees will be required to establish principal residency in the State of New Jersey within 365 days from the date of hire unless otherwise exempt.  For more information on the law visit: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/PL11/70_.PDF.

 

If I am offered employment at the college will I be required to live in the State of New Jersey?

As an employee of Essex County College, you will be required to abide by the New Jersey State residency requirement and maintain principal residency in the State of New Jersey for the duration of your employment with the college unless otherwise exempt.  If you reside outside of the state upon hire, you will have 365 days from the effective date of hire to establish principal residency in New Jersey.  If you fail to satisfy the principal residency requirement, you shall be deemed unqualified to maintain your position and employment with the College.  Detail information on the residency requirement for employment at the College is available at: NJ First Act.  Appeal for exemption from the residency requirement on the basis of critical need or hardship may be filed with:

 

  • Dana M. Burley Clerk of the General AssemblyNew Jersey State HouseRoom 214P.O. Box 098, Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Honorable Jeff Chiesa Chief Counsel to the GovernorState HouseP.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey 08625
  • Kent M. Hicks Secretary of the SenateNew Jersey State HouseRoom 115P.O. Box 099, Trenton, NJ 08625

 

If I am currently employed by the college and live outside of the State of New Jersey, will I be required to relocate to New Jersey?

Any employee living outside New Jersey on the effective date of the law, September 1, 2011, is exempt (‘grandfathered in’) from the residency requirement as long as the employee maintains continuous employment at the College without a seven (7) day break in service.  As an exempt (‘grandfathered in’) employee, you are not required to relocate to the State of New Jersey.  You may move within the State of your current residence or to another state without jeopardizing your position and employment with the College.  Detail information on the residency requirement for employment at the College is available at: NJ First Act.

 

If I am currently employed by the college will I be restricted from relocating to a state other than the State of New Jersey?

As an employee of the College, you are required to abide by the New Jersey State residency requirement and maintain principal residency in the State of New Jersey for the duration of your employment with the college.  Any employee, not otherwise exempt, who relocates outside of the State of New Jersey after September 1, 2011 shall be deemed unqualified to maintain their position and employment with the College.  To ensure compliance to the state residency requirement, the College cannot accept the use of a post office box (P.O. Box) as the main address of principal residence.  A post office box (P.O. Box) may be used as a mailing address, but not for the principal residence.

 

What is the consequence if one does not satisfy the residency requirement?

As an employee of the College, you are required to abide by the New Jersey State residency requirement and maintain principal residency in the State of New Jersey for the duration of your employment with the college.  Any employee, not otherwise exempt, who does not abide by the residency requirement shall be deemed unqualified to maintain their position and employment with the College.

 

Who is exempt from the residency requirement?

In addition to adjunct faculty, college personnel employed in positions deemed exempt and reported as such to the New Jersey State Department annually.

 

How  can one obtain exemption from the residency requirement?

Appeal for exemption from the residency requirement on the basis of critical need or hardship may be filed with:

 

  • Dana M. Burley Clerk of the General AssemblyNew Jersey State HouseRoom 214P.O. Box 098, Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Honorable Jeff Chiesa Chief Counsel to the GovernorState HouseP.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey 08625
  • Kent M. Hicks Secretary of the SenateNew Jersey State HouseRoom 115P.O. Box 099, Trenton, NJ 08625

 

What is the process once I apply for a position?

Upon receipt, the Human Resources Department will review each application and forward the applications satisfying the preliminary screening criteria to the designated Areas and/or Departments of the College. A letter acknowledging receipt of the applicant’s submission is then forwarded to the individual applicant within three (3) to four (4) weeks from the time of submission.

 

Do you post part-time job vacancies?

The Human Resources Department is normally not involved in the recruitment efforts of the hiring departments with regard to part-time employment opportunities. To obtain information on the availability of part-time opportunities, you will need to the department of interest directly.

 

Do you offer any teaching opportunities for a Bachelor’s professional licensure or certificate degree holders?

While you are not eligible for a Faculty position or an Adjunct Faculty assignment in the credit programs, you may be eligible for Adjunct Faculty and Temporary assignments with our non-credit programs in the Community and Continuing Education Division.

 

Will I be required to have my academic credentials (e.g., transcripts) evaluated for acceptance since I obtained my education outside of the United States?

Academic credentials for education taken outside of the United States must be evaluated for United States of America equivalency by one of the following recognized agencies:

 

* World Education Services, Inc.: www.wes.org 

* American Education Research Corporation, Inc.: www.credentialsevaluation.com

* International Educational Research Foundation: www.lerfg.org 

* International Consultants of Delaware: www.icdel.com 

* Global Credentials Evaluators, Inc.: www.gceus.com

 

Do you post job opportunities for students?

The Human Resources Department is not involved in the recruitment efforts of the hiring departments with regard to student employment opportunities. To obtain information on the availability of student opportunities, you should contact the College’s Career Resource Center.


EMPLOYMENT


HEALTH & DENTAL BENEFITS


LIFE INSURANCE


MEDICAL LEAVE


PENSION


TUITION REIMBURSEMENT


WORKPLACE INCENTIVES


PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS


DISCRIMINATION AND COMPLAINTS

Policies and Procedures

The College adheres to various federal, state, and institutional policies and guidelines. Below are the key guidelines, policies, and regulations that govern the College.

Middle States Accreditation

Essex County College is a member of the Middle States Association (MSA) for accreditation. MSA activities are carried out through its the Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership organization dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. MSCHE reviews the performance of institutions periodically through on-site evaluation or other reports. Accreditation is continued as a result of periodic reviews and evaluations through assessment of institutional achievements. The peer review process of Essex County College is conducted every 10 years to ensure full compliance with accreditation standards.

New Jersey Statutes and Administrative Code

The State Board of Education adopts regulations to aid with implementation of portions of education law where specified. Education rules and regulations must adhere to the provisions of state education laws covered under New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 18A and the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) Title 9A. The Commissioner of Education has jurisdiction over matters that violate Title 18A or applicable administrative code.

  • New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) Title 18A – Education
  • New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) Title 9A – Higher Education

Board of Trustees Policies

Essex County College Board of Trustees is accountable to the citizens of Essex County and the State of New Jersey and is responsible for developing the policies governing the general conduct of affairs of the College. A copy of the Board of Trustees Policies is distributed to members of the Board upon appointment.

College Regulations

College regulations are developed to exercise the authority vested in the College pursuant to N.J.S.A. Title 18A, N.J.A.C. Title 9A, and policies of the Board of Trustees. Section 4 of the manual contains regulations related to personnel matters.


Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Essex County College not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, liability for military service, or any other category protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of student recruitment/enrollment, staff employment and vocational opportunities.

Further, the College conforms to all federal and state statutes, executive orders, regulations, guidelines and amendments including but not limited to: New Jersey Law Against Discrimination; Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:

Office Of Human Resources

Essex County College

303 University Avenue, Room 5114

Newark, NJ 07102

p: (973)877-3085

f: (973)877-3409

e: hr@essex.edu

 


Accommodation Policy

photo_ADAEssex County College is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal anti-discrimination statute that is designed to remove barriers which prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same employment opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities. Essex County College will make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs. Requests for accommodation due to medical disability must be supported by medical certification and should be referred to the Human Resources Department.

 


Smoke-Free Policy

On April 15, 2006, the Smoke-Free Air Act (P.L.2005, c.383) went into effect. This Act protects New Jersey residents at work and in public places from deadly secondhand smoke. The Act states that tobacco smoke constitutes a substantial health hazard, and therefore, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed indoor places.

In accordance with the Smoke-Free Air Act, Essex County College prohibits smoking in academic, office and other campus buildings.

For more information about the Smoke-Free Air Act visit www.smokefree.nj.gov


Other Institutional Policies

The College also adheres to a number of other institutional policies. Click on the links below to view a description of these policies.