November 4, 2022

WSU partners with city of Detroit to host career expo

A Wayne State University employee smiles for the camera.
The Career Expo will be held at the WSU Fieldhouse on Nov. 15.

DETROIT – Wayne State University and the city of Detroit are set to host a career expo later this month, with more than 500 combined job vacancies to fill.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Wayne State Fieldhouse, located at 1290 W. Warren Avenue.

Free parking will be available for event attendees in Lot 51, located on W. Warren Avenue between the Lodge Freeway service drive and Trumbull. Applicant pre-registration is available and highly recommended. To protect the health of all attendees and the WSU community, all guests must complete the Guest Campus Screener on Nov. 15, before coming to campus.

Onsite interviews for some open positions will be conducted by talent acquisition representatives from the university and the city; some job openings will require post-event interviews and more in-depth resume reviews.

The expo invites all metro Detroit residents to revisit their game plan and realize the endless possibilities that await them at Wayne State, with open positions in management, clerical/technical, research, faculty, academic staff, custodial services, groundskeeping, information technology, public safety, skilled trades and many other fields.

“We’re very excited about the career expo," said Carolyn Hafner, Wayne State’s associate vice president and chief human resources officer. "Wayne State University is an outstanding employer that offers endless opportunities for economic growth through educational and professional advancement. It’s also a place where you can have a real impact on the lives of our students, no matter what role you play.”

The city of Detroit is seeking to hire for positions in human resources, finance/accounting, engineering, public policy, project planners, executive management, information technology, public safety, program management, health, service maintenance, clerical/administrative and janitorial/grounds.

“From a rich history full of firsts and great innovation to the unique culture and extraordinary experiences, there are countless reasons to love Detroit,” said Daryl Conrad, chief recruitment officer for the city of Detroit. “The city employs more than 8,000 employees, who are committed to serving the residents and businesses of Detroit. Our employees make a real difference with the work they do every day and have a hand in shaping the future of the city.

“Join us to discover the excitement and rewards of working for a vibrant city and enjoy the satisfaction of doing work that helps make Detroit a great place to live, work and play. The excitement of being located downtown adds an extra element to the work atmosphere.

“The city of Detroit offers staff many opportunities to help drive positive social impact in our community while servicing its citizens. Excellent benefits, paid time off, a range of retirement plans — including a pension — and work-life balance programs are just some of the perks of working for the city of Detroit,” Conrad continued. “The rebuilding and rebirth of Detroit is happening now.”

The expo will also feature breakout sessions with officials who can offer resume tips and interview advice.

“Expo attendees will have an opportunity to join any of these career sessions, which will provide them with valuable tools to boost their confidence and highlight their strengths with hiring managers,” said Brian Wittenberg, WSU’s director of human resources operations and expo lead.

Wittenberg said Wayne State has many advantages over other potential employers, noting that the university’s benefits package is among the best in the region. At WSU, that includes:

• Five health care options, including medical (low deductibles and co-pays), dental and vision

• Tuition assistance (free tuition for employees, 50% off for dependents)

• Retirement savings (two-to-one match up to 10% for employees 26 and older)

• Paid time off and holidays

• Life insurance, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts and more

 To view a current list of university job openings, visit WSU’s online hiring page.


Brian Wittenberg
Phone: 313-557-6519
Bill Roose
Phone: 313-577-5699

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