Human Resources
A. Zachary Yamba Building; Room 5100
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.877.3085
Fax: 973.877.3409

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m

Summer Hours:
Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m
Fridays – closed

EMPLOYMENT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

EMPLOYMENT

 

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 Assembly
    New Jersey State House
    Room 214
    P.O. Box 098, Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Honorable Jeff Chiesa
    Chief Counsel to the Governor
    State House
    P.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey 08625
  • Kent M. Hicks
    Secretary of the Senate
    New Jersey State House
    Room 115
    P.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 Assembly
    New Jersey State House
    Room 214
    P.O. Box 098, Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Honorable Jeff Chiesa
    Chief Counsel to the Governor
    State House
    P.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey 08625
  • Kent M. Hicks
    Secretary of the Senate
    New Jersey State House
    Room 115
    P.O. Box 099, Trenton, NJ 08625

How can I stay informed about any job vacancies that might become available?

To keep abreast of the job opportunities that might become available from time to time, just visit the Job Opportunities Bulletin posted on our website. It is our main vehicle for posting vacancies.

 

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.

 

Do you have a need for adjunct faculty for the current or upcoming semester?

If you are interested in an Adjunct Faculty position for our credit programs and you possess a minimum of a Master’s degree, you are welcome to submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@essex.edu. We would transmit it to the appropriate department in your area of discipline for consideration.

 

How can I obtain further details about a posted job vacancy?

The Job Descriptions for posted vacancies are available for viewing in the Human Resources Department during normal hours of operation. Unfortunately, we do not provide copies of the Job Descriptions. In general, Job Descriptions are prepared for the regular employment category of positions with the exception of the Faculty positions.

 

Do I need to complete and submit an application?

You have the option to submit either a resume and cover letter or the Employment Application. If and when you are selected for a preliminary screening and/or interview, then at that time you will be required to complete the Employment Application.

 

Do I need to submit a separate resume and application for each position of interest?

If you are applying for more than one position, you will need to complete a separate Employment Application or provide a separate resume and cover letter for each position of interest.

 

How can I obtain a copy of the Employment Application?

You may obtain a copy of the Employment Application by clicking Employment Application or by picking it up directly from the Human Resources Department during normal hours of operation.

 

What method can I use to submit my application and/or resume and cover letter?

You may submit your resume and cover letter via fax, e-mail (jobs@essex.edu) postal mail, or you may hand-deliver it directly to the Human Resources Department during normal hours of operation. Unfortunately, we only accept the original completed Employment Application . We do not accept photocopies, fax or e-mail copies of the application.

 

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

 

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.

 

In addition to the preliminary screening, applicants applying for support staff positions will be required to undergo an assessment test. A letter is sent to the applicant via regular postal mail service informing the individual to contact the Human Resources Department to schedule an appointment for the assessment.

 

When will I be informed of the status of my application?

Your letter of acknowledgement will inform you whether or not your application was forwarded to the hiring department for consideration. Any further correspondence will be received from that department.

 

How can I find out information about the status of a job vacancy?

The Human Resources Department (HRD) does not normally take part in the screening and interview process of the Areas and Departments. Therefore, we are unable to provide information on the status of the interview process for any given position. You may contact the Department directly.

 

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 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.