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Programs Manager

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
10031, New York City (US)
$60,000 - $70,000 plus benefits, depending on experience and academic credentials
Date posted
Apr 19, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time

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About the Position

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at The City College of New York (CCNY) seeks a full-time Program Manager to oversee the project activities of several major research and engagement initiatives of the Institute. These programs and initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • “Collaborative Research: HSI-Hubs: Intersectionality as Inquiry & Praxis: Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity for Student Success in STEM”, a 5-year long collaborative research project across six different universities and colleges (CCNY, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Central New Mexico Community College, Lehman College, and Hostos Community College), made possible by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, aimed at examining institutional data across various partner sites to assess equity in admissions, enrollment, retention, degrees awarded, and post degree outcomes, and produce policy briefs based on findings.
  • The CUNY Cultural/Historical Legacy Initiative (CUNY CHLI), which aims to equip K-12 students of Dominican/Latino/a/x cultural and historical legacy with a strong foundation about their heritage and to promote cultural competence and understanding of the importance of culture and history for teaching and learning among K-12 educators.
  • The CUNY DSI Summer Internship Program, which provides graduate and undergraduate students with meaningful research experience in the field of Dominican Studies. Participants work collaboratively and under the guidance of CUNY DSI scholars from the Institute’s Research Unit and Dominican Library and Archives.
  • A new initiative to create a series of murals in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood.

The portfolio and full scope of activities will vary according to new grants and projects added to the CUNY DSI roster. The Programs Manager will oversee the execution and implementation of these programs, provide administrative and logistical support to the CUNY DSI teams working on each individual project task, ensure tasks are completed on schedule as laid out in the grant proposals, and lead the preparation and execution of the Summer Internship Program. Additionally, the Programs Manager will coordinate all project activities with external partners and/or other stakeholders, including the coordination of smaller meetings, larger events, or convenings as well as DSI staff travel to/from the events. This full-time position reports directly to the Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute and works closely on a day-to-day basis with other CUNY DSI staff, including the Associate Director, the Chief Librarian, the Accounts & Grants Coordinator, and the team’s data scientists for the implementation of these projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Establish project timelines for the subcomponents of each project and monitor progress towards completion. Coordinate and schedule project-related meetings, public events, and convenings internally and with external partners and stakeholders. Coordinate any necessary travel related to project for CUNY DSI staff. Keep a record of all activities and expenses for preparation of reports. Draft interim and final reports on grant activities. Support the Director and other project staff in documenting project process for inclusion in handbook. Prepare the call for applications to the Summer Internship Program, coordinate the selection process, onboard interns, and supervise their activities throughout the summer. Draft and submit new grant proposals as required. Any other duty required for the good functioning and success of current and new projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Ability to both see the big picture and provide attention to details.
  • A hands-on, collaborative, positive, and empathetic attitude towards others.
  • Capacity to process information and documentation in an organized and methodic way.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with DSI staff, administrative staff, and other individuals, at City College and partner organizations.
  • Superb writing skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in Spanish, a plus.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, Latin America, and/or the Dominican/Latino/a/x people in the US, a plus.

Education and Experience

  1. An M.A. or M.S. in the social sciences, STEM, humanities programs, or Latino/a/x and Latin American/Caribbean studies; PhD graduates are welcome to apply; B.A. or B.S. will be considered if they justify of at least 10 years of professional experience.
  2. Previous administrative and program coordination experience preferred.
  3. Previous experience in public events organization preferred.
  4. Previous experience in grants writing preferred.

Salary and Conditions

  • Full-time position
  • Starting date: As soon as possible.
  • Review of applications will start immediately.
  • Duration of appointment: 1 year with possibility for renewal, contingent on performance and funding availability.
  • Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 plus benefits, depending on experience and academic credentials.

To Apply

Interested persons should send a pdf via email to Dr. Pierre Losson, Associate Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, at , with the following documents combined:

  • A letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Names of two professional references
  • A writing sample


Founded in 1992 and housed at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation's first university-based research institute devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world. CUNY DSI's mission is to produce and disseminate research and scholarship about Dominicans, and about the Dominican Republic. CUNY DSI is the locus for a community of scholars, including doctoral fellows, in the field of Dominican Studies and sponsors multidisciplinary research projects. The Institute houses the Dominican Archives, the first and only of its kind outside of the Dominican Republic, is dedicated to preserving the records reflecting the experiences of Dominicans in the U.S., and the Dominican Library, the largest depository of bibliographical resources in the U.S. related to Dominican Studies. These are the first and only institutions in the United States collecting primary and secondary source material about people of Dominican descent. In 2010, the Institute opened its Archives and Library facility to art exhibitions, thus becoming the first exhibit space in New York City devoted exclusively to work by and about people of Dominican descent. The Institute organizes lectures, conferences, and exhibitions that are open to the public.

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