Essex County College is a comprehensive community college offering multiple resources for academic and career growth. The college was established in 1966 and opened facilities in downtown Newark in 1968. In 1976, Essex relocated to its current 22-acre main campus in the city’s University Heights district.


Today the main Newark campus includes the three-block long A. Zachary Yamba Building, Gymnasium/Child Development Center complex, Center for Technology, Clara E. Dasher Student Center, and the Center for Health Sciences. The College also operates a thriving West Essex branch campus in West Caldwell, Public Safety Academy in Cedar Grove, and extension centers throughout Essex County. Two of these extension programs are located in the City of Newark at the Ironbound and FOCUS centers.


Essex currently enrolls more than 15,000 students pursuing credit course work in academic disciplines. Thousands of others are enrolled in special programs attaining basic skills proficiency and literacy in the English language, short-term job training, or pursuing numerous continuing education opportunities for personal and professional development.


We invite you to share our commitment to academic excellence at Essex County College. Essex has been making a difference for more than 40 years. Join our dynamic and progressive team now in its fifth decade of equipping students with the skills they need to EXCEED EXPECTATIONS


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Employment Categories

College employees are classified according to the listing 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. To view residency requirements click here.


Regular Employment

Regular employees are classified by their bargaining unit associations or by the confidential nature of their employment. Employees in non-confidential positions are represented by collective bargaining units and are governed by the contractual agreements negotiated between the unit representatives and the College’s administration and Board of Trustees.


Employees in confidential positions are not represented by collective bargaining units, but are governed by the contractual agreements for their respective units.


Employees may be eligible for a number of benefits including paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, pension benefits, tuition remission and tuition reimbursement.


Click here for a list of benefits available to regular employees.


Employees are classified as follows:

The classification of confidential and non-confidential does not apply to Faculty, Security and the Fraternal Order Police.


Adjunct Faculty (Instructional)

Individuals employed as part-time instructional staff are classified as Adjunct Faculty, treated as Temporary employees, and are not eligible for tenure or academic rank. 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 (academic) and non-credit (non-academic) 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 program schedule and paid by contact hour.


Minimum educational requirement for an Adjunct Faculty position is a Master’s degree in the area of discipline (credit courses), Bachelor’s degree in a related area (some non-credit programs) and/or relevant professional certification or licensure.


Student Employment

Students who are recipients of financial aid and have been granted College Work Study are ineligible for employment by the College. Students on College Work Study should contact the Financial Aid Office for employment opportunities and requirements.


Students who are not on Work Study are eligible for temporary employment at the College. Work assignments for students remain consistent with the semester or term of the student’s current enrollment at the College. Students are restricted to work no more than 19.5 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters, and are eligible to work longer hours during the Summer.


Temporary Employment (Non-Instructional & Support)

Temporary employees provide service during the day, nights, evenings, and/or weekends depending on the assignment. Assignments are short term and must undergo a renewal process. Temporary employees are restricted to work no more than 19.5 hours per week. In unusual cases, temporary employees may be assigned to work a different schedule, exceeding the 19.5 hour restriction, based on the needs and demands of the assignment.



Volunteers are the individuals who voluntarily provide their services to the College with no expressed or implied promise or expectation of remuneration (e.g., salary, wages, insurance, or any other types of compensation, insurance and/or benefits). Volunteers are required to sign a Volunteer Statement and a Hold Harmless Agreement. For more information, click here to view the College Regulation 2-2 College Volunteers.

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